Analytical Methods Committee
The Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) is a committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Science Community that is made up of Expert Working Groups (EWGs) and designated representatives. Our broad aim is to participate in national and international efforts to establish a comprehensive framework for appropriate quality in chemical measurement.
- Coordinates the activities of Expert Working Groups concerned with various aspects of analytical measurement
- Assists with the development and establishment of suitable performance criteria for analytical methods and instrumentation
- Advises on the use and development of appropriate analytical methods
- Works alongside accreditation services and governing bodies, such as DEFRA, the FSA and UKAS, to ensure best analytical practice
- Produces reports and Technical Briefs on a wide range of analytical topics. Technical Briefs are published in the RSC journal Analytical Methods
- Supports continuing professional development (CPD) through the publication of reports, Technical Briefs and other outputs, which can be used towards CPD certification
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About the Analytical Methods Committee
The composition of the AMC comprises:
The AMC is made up of representatives of Expert Working Groups and government, industry and other agencies:
- AMC Chair
- AMC Secretary
- Chairs of AMC Expert Working Groups
- Editor AMC Technical Briefs
- Publicity Officer
- Chair of the Analytical Methods Trust
- Honorary Officers of the RSC Analytical Division
- Members appointed by AD Council
- Analyical Division Eurachem representative
- Representatives from the Association of Public Analysts, the British Standards Institution, BEIS, the Environment Agency, Food Standards Agency, HSE, LGC, NPL, UKAS and UK NEQAS
- Other co-opted members as necessary
The Chair for 2020-2023 is Dr Derek Stevenson.
Membership of the Analytical Methods Committee
The committee is made up of representatives from consultants, academia, government, industry and public analysts. Membership as of 1 December 2020:
- Dr Derek Stevenson, Chair
- Dr Aya Abdalla, Publicity officer
- Dr Richard Brown, NPL Representative
- Dr David Bullock, UK NEQAS, representing the Clinical sector
- Dr Lucia Burgio, Chair of the Heritage Science Expert Working Group
- Dr Andy Damant, Technical Briefs Editor
- Dr Steve Ellison, LGC Representative
- Ms Fran Bilby, UKAS Representative
- Dr Chris Harrington, RSC Eurachem representative
- Mr Mike Healy, Environment Agency Representative
- Mr Chris Hunt, Association of Public Analysts Representative
- Dr Alessia Millemaggi, Analytical Science Community Secretary
- Ms Jessy Mathew, BSI Representative
- Dr Gillian McEneff, BEIS Representatives
- Mr Mike Milchard, Chair of the Essential Oils Expert Working Group
- Prof Jim Miller, Chair of the Statistics Expert Working Group and Chair of the Analytical Methods Trust
- Mrs Bhavna Parmar, FSA Representative
- Mr Ian Pengelly, Health and Safety Laboratory Representative
- Prof Mike Ramsey, Chair of the Sampling Expert Working Group
- Mr Matthew Rawlinson, Affinity Water, representing the water sector
- Dr Mike Sargent, Chair of the Instrumental Analysis Expert Working Group
- Prof Mike Thompson, Co-opted
- Dr Mark Woolfe, Chair of the Food and Feed Authenticity Expert Working Group
- Dr Roger Wood OBE, Secretary
Analytical Methods Expert Working Groups
Most of the Expert Working Groups are orientated towards a specific topic area. Much of the financial support for them has been provided by government bodies, particularly the Food Standards Agency and the NMO.
The present Expert Working Groups are:
Animal Feeding Stuffs Expert Working Group
The work of this Expert Working Group involves introduction and validation of new methods of analysis and improvement of existing methods, through collaborative testing.
Essential Oils Expert Working Group
The aims of the Expert Working Group are the elaboration and validation of analytical methods to determine the quality and authenticity of traded essential oils.
Food and Feed Authenticity Expert Working Group
This Expert Working Group started as the Nitrogen Factors Sub-Committee which had the aim to investigate the (proximate) composition of meat and fish.
Heritage Science Expert Working Group
The aim of the Heritage Science Expert Working Group is to promote the role and importance of analytical science in the heritage sector.
Instrumental Analysis Expert Working Group
The Instrumental Analysis Expert Working Group is the successor to the earlier AMC Sub-Committees on Instrumental Criteria (IASC) and Mass Spectrometry (MSSC).
Statistical Methods Expert Working Group
Statistics, as the conceptual language of calibration and all aspects of data quality, plays an axial role in analytical science.
Sampling Uncertainty/Sampling Quality Expert Working Group
The aim is to consider the effect of sampling uncertainty, and procedures for its elaboration, and to make recommendations as to best practice in aspects of sampling.
Relevant resources produced by the AMC for the analytical chemistry community.
Published outputs of the AMC come in a variety of forms including reports, Technical Briefs, published papers, software, and datasets.
The outputs of the AMC are provided as a service by the Analytical Science Community of the RSC. All outputs of the AMC are subjected to a thorough process of scrutiny before approval for publication, first by an Expert Working Group of the AMC and then by the full AMC.
The AMC supports continuing professional development through the publication of reports, technical briefs and other outputs, which can be used towards CPD certification.
Association of Public Analysts
Website provides free information of importance to the work of Public Analysts and the Association
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Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
The department brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change.
The Environment Agency (England & Wales)
This site is full of useful and relevant information on topics such as: air quality, conservation, flood control, waste and water quality. There are also links to specific information from the 8 regions.
The Food Standards Agency is an independent food safety watchdog set up by an Act of Parliament in 2000 to protect the public's health and consumer interests in relation to food.
Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC)
Europe's leading independent provider of analytical and diagnostic services
NPL is the UK’s national standards laboratory, an internationally respected and independent centre of excellence for R&D and knowledge transfer in measurement and materials science.
National body for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies.
Provision of external quality assessment services for laboratory medicine.
L S Theobald Award
Celebrating excellence in Analytical Science
Closing date for nominations is Friday 25 August 2023
The 'L S Theobald Award' is made in memory of Leslie Stuart Theobald (1898-1979) who was a Lecturer/Reader in Analytical Chemistry at Imperial College from 1925 until his retirement in 1963. A brief biography is available on the Royal Society of Chemistry website. Nominations for the award are invited annually.
The award is made to someone who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the development or application of analytical chemistry/analytical science.
The Analytical Methods Trust (AMT) provides an honorarium of £1000, together with a certificate and covers reasonable expenses incurred in presenting the award lecture.
The award is open to all academic, public service and industrial scientists resident in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. It is not a requirement that the recipient should be a member of the RSC or have contributed directly to the work of the Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) or its Expert Working Groups. Trustees of the AMT are not eligible for nomination.
Examples of contributions to analytical science relevant to the award include (but are not limited to): the development of methods of analysis and/or sampling relevant to ensuring human and environment health, the application of novel or existing analytical methods to new fields, significant improvement to methods in routine use, procedures that validate and evaluate analytical methods, the quality of analytical results and contributions towards international collaborations.
Career breaks will be taken into consideration, and nominations are encouraged for those whose career has spanned a break due to caring responsibilities or personal circumstances e.g. a period of parental/adoption leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances.
When nominating previous RSC prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work.
Nomination procedure for the L S Theobald Lectureship
Candidates are not permitted to nominate themselves. Trustees of the Analytical Methods Trust are not eligible for nomination.
Nominations must include:
A one-page CV for the nominee which should include a summary of the nominees education, career publications (including total numbers of publications and patents) and the name of an independent referee.
A one-page supporting statement identifying the nominee’s contribution to analytical chemistry/analytical science.
Nominations should be submitted via email to Ian Lumley, Secretary of the Analytical Methods Trust.
The Analytical Methods Trust (AMT), or a sub-committee appointed by the AMT to make a recommendation, will make the final decision on the award. No person associated with a nomination will be permitted to participate in the consideration or decision-making process for the award.
Presentation of the Theobald Award lecture
The recipient of the LS Theobald Award is normally required to present an award lecture, usually in association with a meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Methods Committee or of the RSC Analytical Science Community’s Groups and Regions.
Previous winners and their Theobald Lectures where available.
- 2021 - T Fearn
- 2019 - L Burgio
- 2016 - R Brown
- 2014 - S Hill
- 2012 - M Ramsey
- 2010 - M Sargent
- 2008 - S L R Ellison
- 2006 - M Thompson
- 2005 - M J Milchard
- 2004 - R Wood
- 2003 - C Burgess
- 2002 - I M McRobbie
- 2000 - J D R Thomas
- 1998 - D C M Squirrell
- 1996 - B J Birch
- 1995 - P G W Cobb
- 1991 - J A W Dalziel
- 1987 - R A Chalmers
- 1985 - E Bishop
What exactly does a museum scientist do?
2018 - Lucia Burgio, Victoria and Albert Museum
Measuring airborne nanoparticles, and related topics
2016 - Richard Brown, NPL
Arsenic, food and DNA –is there a link?
2014 – Steve Hill, University of Plymouth
Sampling: often the source of most uncertainty in analytical measurements
2012 - Michael Ramsey, University of Sussex
Lessons to be learnt from twenty-five years of analytical quality assurance, measurement uncertainty and metrological traceability
2010 - Mike Sargent, LGC
Measurements for Regulation: The Roles of Analytical Quality and Measurement Uncertainty
2008 - Steve Ellison, LGC Ltd, UK
2006 - Michael Thompson, Birkbeck College
2005 - Michael Milchard
Recent Quality Assurance Initiatives for the Analysis Laboratory - are we on the right path?
2004 - Roger Wood, Food Standards Agency
Trust but always Verify: Best practices in spectrophotometric measurement
2003 - Chris Burgess, Burgess Consultancy
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