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The Use of Recovery Factors in Trace Analysis

Edited by M. Parkany
International Organization for Standardization, Geneva

The Royal Society of Chemistry, 1996 [ISBN 0 85404 736 0]

The correct implementation of the ISO 14000 series of International Standards is entirely dependent on valid measurements, which in turn require the correct approach to recovery factors - yet at present there is no International Standard or Guide on the correct use of recovery factors. This means that it is incredibly problematic to obtain a real picture of whether and when the use of recovery factors is forbidden, tolerated, encouraged or required. Often the choice is left to the analyst in charge, which is a clearly unacceptable situation.

The Use of Recovery Factors in Trace Analysis is a unique book, providing in one volume, all of the most up-to-date information in this field. Throughout, chemists of long experience in the use of recovery factors review the present situation and offer practical solutions based on their own experiences.

This book will form the basis for a document on conformity assessment to standards proposed for acceptance by IUPAC, ISO, AOAC and Codex Alimentarius Commission, making it a must for all those who work in analytical laboratories involved in the chemistry of food, agriculture, the environment and toxicology, as well as for academics.


  • The Use and Misuse of Recovery factors in Analytical Chemistry
  • Considerations in the Estimation of Recovery in Inorganic Analysis
  • Use of Radioisotopic Tracers for Determination of Recovery Factors (Chemical Yields) in Trace Element Determinations by Radiochemical Neutron Activation Analysis (RNAA)
  • Measurement Uncertainty: the Key to the Use of Recovery Factors?
  • Varying Uses of Recovery Factors in US EPA FIFRA Registration Studies
  • Use of Recovery Data in Veterinary Drug Residue Analysis
  • Development of Recovery Factor for Analysis of Organochlorine Pesticides in Water Sample by Using Micro-Extraction Technique
  • Analytical Recoveries and Their Use for Correction
  • Report of the 20th Session of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling
  • Selective List of Relevant International Standards
  • Addresses of Authors

Subject Index.


136 pages


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