The 1st GCC Conference for Laboratories Proficiency, Dubai, UAE

The 1st GCC Conference for Laboratory Proficiency

The organization of the first Gulf Conference for laboratory Proficiency comes in line with the strategic orientation of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO) to the development of Standardization and Quality infrastructure in the member states, which would contribute to the development of commerce and industry and the national economy in the Member States.

The conference aims to spread awareness about proficiency testing activities available in the Member States, investigate the needs of laboratories and priorities in PT programs, and link the international PT providers for these programs,

Date and place of the conference were selected to coincide with the annual exhibition of laboratory equipment in Dubai ARABLAB EXPO, where thousands of laboratories meet every to get updates about the latest technological developments in the field of laboratory equipment (10-13 March 2013), the conference coincides also with the training program on proficiency testing international requirements in accordance with the international standard ISO / IEC 17043 which is organized by the GSO in Dubai during the period 10-12 March 2013.

A study on PT activities status of art was carried out in member states by the GSO during the year 2011, and showed that laboratories working with Member States are in a big need for a unified center of information on PT activities, and many of the laboratories that participated in the First Technical Symposium on integration between laboratories expressed the need to raise awareness about how to take advantage of PT activities to prove the credibility of the testing and calibration services they offer and about how to obtain PT programs covering their areas of activity.

This conference will be also the opportunity for the constitutional working group that will be the nucleus of the General Assembly of the Gulf laboratories Association the GULFLAB

Date and place of the conference were selected to coincide with the annual exhibition of laboratory equipment in Dubai ARABLAB EXPO, where thousands of laboratories meet every to get updates about the latest technological developments in the field of laboratory equipment (10-13 March 2013), the conference coincides also with the training program on proficiency testing international requirements in accordance with the international standard ISO / IEC 17043 which is organized by the GSO in Dubai during the period 10-12 March 2013.

The number of PT schemes has increased steadily

30-40% from developing countries

Opening Ceremony
09:00 – 09:40
Speech of the UAE Minister of Environment and Water
Member of GSO Board of Directors
His excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad
Speech of the Secretary General of the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
His excellency Mr. Nabil Ameen Molla
Speech of ILAC Chair Mr.Peter Unger
International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)
Speech of Sponsors
A. Open Session(09:40 – 14:15)
Importance of Proficiency Testing for Testing & Calibration Laboratories.
Chaired by GSO Secretary General Mr. Nabil Ameen Molla and Mr.Peter Unger
09:40 – 10:00
Acceditation of PT Providers – The A2LA Experience
Mr. Peter Unger
10:00 – 10:20
ISO/IEC 17043 : General Requirements for Proficiency Testing
Mr Daniel Tholan
10:20 – 10:40
How EPTIS Makes Regional PT Resources Visible Worldwide
Johannes van de Kreeke, European PT Information System (EPTIS)
10:40 – 11:00
Importance of PT for Food & Envirionment Laboratories
Eric Ziegler, International Bureau for Analytical Studies (BIPEA)
11:00 – 11:20
Logistics in the Provision of Global Proficiency Testing Services
Mark SYKES, FAPAS (Food and Environment Research Agency)
11:20 – 12:00 Coffee Break, Questions & Discussions
Accreditation and Proficiency Testing
Chaired by Daniel Tholen and Saud Rashed Alaskar
12:00 – 12:20
DAC in Support of Proficiency Testing in Member States.
Dubai Accreditation Center (DAC)
12:20 – 12:40
TSE Experience in providing PT Programs
Emre ERTEK, Turkish Standards Institution (TSE)
12:40 – 13:00
ASTM Experience in Proficiency Testing Programs
Nick Ecart, ASTM
13:00 – 13:20
KOLAS Experience in Operating the PT Programs
13:20 – 13:40
Importance of PT / ILC for National and Private Calibration Laboratories
Jesus Gomez, Mettler Toledo AG (Branch)
13:40 – 14:00
GSO Strategy for the development of PT Activities at the Regional Level
Ibrahim Houla, GCC Standardization Organization (GSO)
14:00 – 14:15 Closing of the open session
B. Working Group Discussion
(14:15 – 16:00)
Working Group Discussion 2
Chaired by Daiel Tholen
Open for all participants + The trainees from GSO training on the ISO/IEC 17043
14:15 – 15:30
“Proficiency Testing in the Medical Field”
15:30 – 16:00 Lunch

Peter S. Unger
Peter S. Unger, ILAC Chairman
Peter S. Unger is President & CEO of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). A2LA is a nonprofit, membership organization administering the largest, internationally recognized laboratory accreditation system in the United States and one of the leading bodies in the world with over 2,300 accreditations.
He has been involved with national laboratory accreditation since 1978. Prior to attaining his current position in April 1996, Mr. Unger served as Vice President of the Association and prior to that, was Associate Manager of Laboratory Accreditation at the National Bureau of Standards.
Mr. Unger serves as Chair of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Mr. Unger has a BS degree in systems engineering from Princeton University and a masters in environmental management from George Washington University.

Daniel Tholen Expert in ISO Committee
Daniel Tholen, Expert in ISO Committee
Daniel Tholen is an independent consultant based in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.
He has worked extensively on standards development for ISO and other standards development organizations, and conducts training on the application of these standards.
He currently serves as ILAC Liaison to ISO/TC 69, Applications of statistical methods

Merih Malmqvist Nilsson
Johannes Kreeke, EPTIS Chairman
HJohannes is a scientist at the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Germany.
He is involved in various PT activities, such as the use of PT results to monitor the effectiveness of the EA MRA (an EA Laboratory Committee WG) and the development of PT policies (via the EEE-PT WG and ILAC-PTWG).
He coordinates the activities for the EPTIS database and was a project leader for IMEP inter-comparisons at the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements in Belgium. Johannes (45) is

Nick Ecart, ASTM Marketing Manager
Nick Ecart, ASTM Marketing Manager
Nick Ecart is Senior Director, Business Development, Europe, Middle East and Africa for ASTM International.
In the Gulf, Mr Ecart is responsible for managing ASTM’s regional partner network, key customers and ASTM’s close working relationships with all the regional National Standards Bodies including with the GCC Standardization Organization (GSO).
Prior to joining ASTM, Mr Ecart worked for IHS Inc for over 24 years where he led various sales, marketing and product management teams as well as various business development initiatives.
He lives near London with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Sung Soo , Master of science, Department of Nano Science and Technology, Seoul National University,
He is as an assessor of testing laboratories, an operator of PT programs,
he is also a researcher of the national R&D projects ,and a lecturer of Measurement Uncertainty.
Sung had experience in LG Display (2003~2007) and presently in KCL(Korea Conformity Laboratories)

Jesus Gomez, Switzerland received his Bachelor in Economics from Swiss Federal Institute and Master in Export Administration from Swiss Business School.
Jesus Had the responsibility in METTLER TOLEDO as Product Manager for metrology Solutions and Customer Support for Africa and Product Manager for Metrology Solutions and Area Manager for Middle East.
He was a leader or participant in numerous international, national, bilateral and industrial programs. He has proven experience in industrial cooperation and education programs.
By end of 2010 he relocated to the United Arab Emirates and opened the Middle East Office of METTLER TOLEDO in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Eric ZIEGLER, BIPEA Scientific
Eric ZIEGLER, BIPEA Scientific
Eric ZIEGLER graduated from the chemistry engineering school of Rennes (FraSnce). He worked seven years in an environment laboratory, in charge of the chromatography service. He joined Bipea three years ago, as scientific and technical adviser.

Mark Sykes, FAPAS Scientific Advisor
Mark Sykes, FAPAS Scientific Advisor
Mark Sykes is the scientific advisor to FAPAS.
Following a degree in chemistry at the University of York, UK, and a Masters degree in analytical chemistry at the University of Huddersfield, UK,
Mark spent 12 years specialising in residues analysis by LC-MS.
Mark’s role in FAPAS, since 2009, is to manage the science delivery of the proficiency tests and publish and present work on the analysis of proficiency test data.
Mark represents FAPAS on national and international proficiency testing working groups

Emre Ertek is Assistant PT Coordinator of Turkish Standard Institution (TSE).
He has working on TSE PT organization activities since 2010, specifically on data calculations and he is also lecturer of ISO 17043 Standard and measurement uncertainty.
He is experienced in natural stone test methods and a member of Natural Stone Mirror Committee of Turkey.
He is graduated from Civil Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara Turkey. He has a master degree of Earthquake Engineering, Historical Buildings.

Ibrahim Houla, GSO PT Expert
Ibrahim Houla, GSO PT Expert
Ibrahim Houla is in charge of accreditation section in GSO since 2010, Industrial Engineer, Following a Master Degree in in production systems management,
He specialized in Quality and accreditation since 2001, he was responsible of assuring the setting up and the application of the accreditation procedures and policies as Head of Laboratory Accreditation department in the Tunisian Accreditation Council TUNAC who achieved EA and ILAC MLA recognition.
Lead assessor and trainer in the field of accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies and Inspection bodies

Amina Mohamed Ahmed - DAC Dubai
Amina Mohamed Ahmed – DAC Dubai
  1. Miss Amina is appointed as the Director of Accreditation Department (DAC) 2008
  2. She worked in Dubai Central Laboratory for 19 years, where she got her experience in testing and management in deferent fields – mainly construction and food.
  3. She was granted her Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from Al Ain University – UAE,
  4. She was involved in different accreditation schemes as lead assessor since 1990.
  5. She represented the UAE in many technical meetings; seminars; conferences, and; forums, such as: ILAC, IAF, SMIIC, ARAC, PAC & GAC.
  6. She lead DAC to the international recognition by ILAC in the field of Accreditation of Testing; Calibration; Medical Laboratory & Inspection.

Logistics in the Provision of Global Proficiency Testing

Mr. Mark Sykes a presentation about Logistics in the Provision of Global Proficiency Testing Services

A2LA Accreditation Program for Providers of PT

Mr. Peter run a presentation about A2LA Accreditation Program for Providers of Proficiency Testing

ASTM Presentation Dubai 13.3.2013 abstract

Mr. Nick Ecart run a presentation about ASTM International’s Approach to Proficiency Testing

KOLAS experience in operating PT Programs

Mr. Brahim Houla run a presentation about KOLAS experience in operation Proficiency Testing Programs

The Role of ILAC

Mr. Peter run a presentation about The Role of ILAC


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