Implementation of QA/QC Program and Risk Management Strategies Using Control Charts (EMU 250)

Participants will learn how to implement a robust control charting QA/QC program using risk-based thinking methods. This course presents different strategies for designing a control chart-based, QA/QC program to maintain method stability and cases for the selection of specific types of control charts to reduce the risk of not detecting a nonconformance in a test or measurement process. The course also includes methods to develop an Out of Control Action Plan (OCAP) to reduce risk of reporting bad data. In addition, the participant will learn to apply statistical methods for evaluating analytical measurement system performance in terms of precision and bias and explain tactics for periodic review of control chart parameters.



The participant will need to bring a laptop computer (PC or MAC) with Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet installed. Please note that the tablet and smart phone versions of Excel and other spreadsheets do not have the full functionality of the PC versions and the participant may not be able to utilize all the power of the spreadsheet covered during the training.


Basic Statistics for Laboratory Professionals (EMU 100) or equivalent knowledge.



The participant will need to bring a laptop computer with Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet installed.


Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Defining QA Program parameters considering acceptable risk;
  2. Selecting control chart and companion chart (I/MR, Xbar/R, Xbar/S, EWMA, CUSUM);
  3. Collect and assess data;
  4. Construct and interpret initial control chart;
  5. Apply control chart to monitoring testing process; and
  6. Develop out of control action plan.




CEUs Awarded

0.7 CEUs Awarded*


*American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU.



September 16, 2019
5202 Presidents Ct.
Frederick, MD 21703
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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