FTIR AND RAMAN

PROFICIENCY PROGRAM

RAMAN PT PROGRAM (Click Here or scroll below)

 

FTIR PT PROGRAM

Background

The Nebraska Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) Proficiency Testing (PT) program was started in 2004 as a means of assuring capabilities of laboratories in Nebraska to test for unknown substances.  The program was founded mainly to maintain proficiency on the FTIR Microscopy laboratory units, but has since then expanded to include agencies that have the field versions of FTIR as well.  We are now offering the proficiency testing program to laboratories and agencies outside Nebraska that may be involved in testing of unknown substances using FTIR analysis. 

How it Works

  • There will be 3 PT challenges per year.  Three samples are mailed out to laboratories in each challenge.  
  • Samples are to be identified using FTIR analysis and reported within two weeks. 
  • Results will be mailed to laboratories along with event summaries.

Who Can Enroll

This program is open to any laboratory that tests unknown substances using FTIR analysis.  This includes public health laboratories, civil support teams, environmental laboratories, HAZMAT units, fire departments, health departments, and the military.

Cost

The cost of this program is $300/year. Payment can be made through a check made payable to: University of Nebraska Medical Center/NPHL or by using a purchase order number.  This will cover 3 PT challenge exercises.  If you would like to pay by credit card call (402) 559-9421.

How to Join

If you are interested in participating in this proficiency testing program please send an e-mail to: ftir-pt@nphl.org, or call us at (402) 559-9421.  Laboratories can join at any time in the year but in order to be eligible to participate in the upcoming PT, the membership form needs to be received by our facility one month prior to when the PT challenge exercise begins.  The membership form is below.

FTIR PT Program Membership Form (Adobe)                                     

FTIR PT Program Membership Form (Word)

 

PT Calendar

2010

2009

Reporting

Reporting of results can be accomplished either electronically by filling the form below and sending it to the e-mail address: ftir-pt@nphl.org, or by faxing it to (402) 559-7799. 

FTIR Results Reporting Form

Reporting Guidelines

The results from proficiency testing (PT) events are for educational purposes only and are not sent to any regulatory agency. PT's will be graded as follows:

M= Match (Result matches exactly with test sample)

NM= No Match (Result does not match with the test sample)

PM= Partial Match (Result matches partially with the test sample)

In addition, greater than 80% of participants must score a Match (M) for a PT sample to be evaluated.  If the score is less than 80%, the PT sample will be considered Unscored (U) and will be used for educational purposes only.

 

FTIR SUMMARY PT RESULTS

***Summary reports will no longer be posted on the web page. They will be mailed out along with the reports.

 

 

RAMAN PT PROGRAM

Background

The Nebraska Raman Proficiency Testing (PT) program went live on January 1st 2009.  It is identical to the FTIR PT program.  Participants interested in joining can submit their membership forms at the present time.

How it Works

  • There will be 3 PT challenges per year.  Three samples are mailed out to laboratories in each challenge.  
  • Samples are to be identified using Raman technology and reported within two weeks. 
  • Results will be mailed to laboratories along with event summaries

Who Can Enroll

This program is open to any laboratory that tests unknown substances using Raman analysis.  This includes public health laboratories, civil support teams, environmental laboratories, HAZMAT units, fire departments, health departments, and the military.

Cost

The cost of this program is $300/year.  Payment can be made through a check made payable to: University of Nebraska Medical Center/NPHL or by using a purchase order number.  This will cover 3 PT challenge exercises.  If you would like to pay by credit card call (402) 559-9421.

How to Join

If you are interested in participating in this proficiency testing program please send an e-mail to: ftir-pt@nphl.org, or call us at (402) 559-9421.  Laboratories can join at any time in the year but in order to be eligible to participate in the upcoming PT, the membership form needs to be received by our facility one month prior to when the PT challenge exercise begins.  The membership form is below.

Raman PT Program Membership Form (word)

Raman PT Program Membership Form (Adobe)                                   

PT Calendar

2009

Reporting

Reporting of results can be accomplished either electronically by filling the form below and sending it to the e-mail address: ftir-pt@nphl.org, or by faxing it to (402) 559-7799. 

Raman Results Reporting Form

Reporting Guidelines

The results from proficiency testing (PT) events are for educational purposes only and are not sent to any regulatory agency. PT's will be graded as follows:

M= Match (Result matches exactly with test sample)

NM= No Match (Result does not match with the test sample)

PM= Partial Match (Result matches partially with the test sample)

In addition, greater than 80% of participants must score a Match (M) for a PT sample to be evaluated.  If the score is less than 80%, the PT sample will be considered Unscored (U) and will be used for educational purposes only.

 

RAMAN SUMMARY PT RESULTS

***Summary reports will no longer be posted on the web page. They will be mailed out along with the reports.

 

Safety

All samples sent will be non-hazardous common chemicals and will comply with 49 CFR Part 172 Subpart G.  These regulations permit for shipping of small quantities of non-hazardous substances without an MSDS (material safety data sheet) accompanying the shipment.

Contact Us

For questions or comments: contact Dana El-Hajjar at (402) 559-9421

Fax: (402) 559-7799

E-mail: ftir-pt@nphl.org

Contact Us

Address:

FTIR and Raman Proficiency Program

NPHL, DRC II 8th Floor

985900 Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE 68198-5900

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