About the database

EPTIS helps you find a suitable proficiency testing (PT) scheme for your laboratory (a PT scheme is a coherent series of single rounds). For a large number of schemes we have produced data sheets and collected them in the EPTIS database. What is not included in the database is topical information on next PT rounds. When is the next round, and what is the matrix material this time? This information is too dynamic as to be included in the database. But you can find such details for a selection of schemes in our PT calendar.

At present, a listing on the database is only open to PT providers from countries that are covered by our so-called coordinators. They check the plausibility of the data sheet submissions and decide on their publication. They speak the language and are ideally familiar with local PT providers and cultural peculiarities. This helps to safeguard a reasonable level of database quality. There is no cost for PT providers who follow this basic mechanism.


About the consortium

The EPTIS database is a joint publication of a worldwide consortium of organizations. The members of this consortium are all involved in PT in one way or another and play a prominent role in national or international quality infrastructures. There are coordinating members, who play a more active role in EPTIS, and supporting members who provide a more intangible backup. Overall coordinator of EPTIS is the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Germany.

A peek into our history: the European PT Information System or EPTIS was the name of an EU project that aimed at making an inventory of regularly operated PT schemes in the participating countries. The project partners were major national laboratories and institutes. The project resulted in a database with 590 PT schemes called the EPTIS database which went online in 2000. After the project had ended, the 16 partners agreed to continue the development on a voluntary and not-for-profit basis. They laid down the rules of their cooperation in a Joint Protocol and invited further organizations to join. A large number of organizations has followed their invitation in the meantime: today, the EPTIS database lists around 3,000 PT schemes from around 40 countries worldwide - and it's still growing. So, who are our present members:


Africa

Pan African region
NMISA National Metrology Institute of South Africa | Contact: Mr. Donald Masuku

Americas

Argentina
OAA Organismo Argentino de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Eliana Ditta
Bolivia
IBMETRO Instituto Boliviano de Metrología | Contact: Ms. Elizabeth Choque Mamani
Brazil
INMETRO Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia | Contact: Mr. Paulo Roberto da Fonseca Santos
Canada
SCC Standards Council of Canada | Contact: Ms. Cristina Draghici
Chile
INN Instituto Nacional de Normalización| Contact: Mr. Humberto Escobar
Colombia
ONAC Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia | Contact: Mr. Jeremias Gomez
Costa Rica
ECA Entidad Costarricense de Acreditación | Contact: Mr. Humberto Mora
Cuba
ONARC Órgano Nacional de Acreditación | Contact: Mr. Adalberto Collazo Palacios
Ecuador
OAE Organismo de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Monica Torres
Guatemala
OGA Oficina Guatemalteca de Acreditación | Contact: Mr. Erik Alvarado
Honduras
OHA Oficina Hondureña de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Liza Madride
Mexico
EMA Entidad Maxicana de Acreditación | Contact: Mr. Daniel Morales Herrera
Nicaragua
ONA Oficina Nacional de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Danelia Garcíae
Panama
CNA Comisión Nacional de Acreditación | Contact: Mr. Jairo Valdese
Paraguay
ONA Organismo Nacional de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Julia Maldonado
Perú
INDECOPI Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propriedad Intelectual | Contact: Ms. Patricia Aguilar
El Salvador
CONACYT Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología El Salvador | Contact: Ms. Wendy Regaladoe
Uruguay
OUA Organismo Uruguayo de Acreditación | Contact: Ms. Liliana Somma
United States
Contact: Mr. George W. Latimer, Jr.

Asia

China
CNAS China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment | Contact: Mr. Ping He
Gulf region
GSO, the Standardization Organization of GCC, the Gulf Cooperation Council | Contact: Mr. Ibrahim Alhashaf
Thailand
Ministry of Public Health, Department of Medical Sciences | Contact: Mr. Suthon Vongsheree
Turkey
TSE Turkish Standards Institution | Contact: Mr. Ömer Faruk Altuntaş
Vietnam
AoV Accreditation of Vietnam | Contact: Mr. Nguyen Tu Tuan Anh

Australia

Australia
NMI National Measurement Institute | Contact: Mr. Paul Armishaw

Europe

Austria
BMWFW Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft | Contact: Mr. Robert Leubolt
Belarus
BelGIM Belarussian State Institute of Metrology | Contact: Ms. Vera Naidenova
Belgium
VITO Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek | Contact: Mr. Rudy van Cleuvenbergen
Czech Republic
CMI Ceský Metrologický Institut | Contact: Ms. Simona Klenovská
Denmark
DMU Danmarcks Miljøundersøgelser | Contact: Ms. Pia Lassen
Finland
SYKE Suomen ympäristökeskus | Contact: Ms. Mirja Leivuori
France
LNE Laboratoire National d'Essais | Contact: Ms. Sophie Vaslin-Reimann
Germany
BAM Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung | Contact: Mr. Johannes van de Kreeke (Secretariat)
Greece
GCSL General Chemical State Laboratory | Contact: Ms. Vicky Nikou
Ireland
NMI National Metrology Laboratory | Contact: Mr. Paul Hetherington
and State Laboratory | Contact: Ms. Ita Kinahan
Italy
UNICHIM Associazione per l’Unificazione nel Settore dell’Industria Chimica | Contact: Ms. Laura Galli
Netherlands
VSL Dutch Metrology Institute | Contact: Mr. Peter van Otterloo
Norway
NIVA Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning | Contact: Mr. Ivan Martin Dahl
Portugal
RELACRE Associação de Laboratoriós Acreditados de Portugal | Contact: Ms. Ana Maria Duarte
Slovenia
MIRS - Urad RS za meroslovje | Contact: Mr. Igor Kovše
Spain
LGC Standards | Contact: Mr. Miquel Navarro
Sweden
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden | Contact: Mr. Bertil Magnusson
Switzerland
SAS Schweizerische Akkreditierungsstelle | Contact: Mr. Ian Mann
United Kingdom
LGC Standards | Contact: Mr. Savvas Xystouris
Ukraine
Ukrmetrteststandard | Contact: Mr. Andrey Glebov

 

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