Participants subscribe to a series within Beer Analysis, Hops, Barley, and Malted Barley. Subscribers receive specially prepared samples according to the schedule specified for that subscription. Upon receiving the sample, analyses are conducted and results are submitted by the scheduled deadline through the subscriber portal. Complete confidentiality of results is guaranteed as each subscriber receives a unique ID that is updated on a yearly basis. Results are analyzed, and a report is issued containing the statistical analysis of the results submitted by all participating subscribers. Subscribers will also receive quantitative estimates of the accuracy of their submitted results. Fees vary depending upon the series, the frequency, and the subscriber’s location.
Final LPP reports will be available within days of the deadline for reporting results. Series will require more than 6 data points or participants to generate Z-scores and kernel density graphs. The reports will identify the following:
The ASBC Laboratory Proficiency Program provides subscribers an opportunity to evaluate accuracy, as well as instrument performance on a regular basis. By comparing internal laboratory data to results from other laboratories around the world, a critical assessment of the analytical data generated by subscribing laboratories can be made. Subscribers can also build confidence in the analytical data generated by their laboratory personnel. Participating laboratories rely on proficiency programs for a number of reasons, including:
If measurements are made on beer or raw materials, the ASBC Laboratory Proficiency Program can help confirm the accuracy of those results for any sized operation.
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