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Early briefs focussed mainly on statistical subject matter such as recovery correction, analytical quality control and proficiency testing. Later statistical briefs delved into the complex areas of experimental design/optimisation, dark uncertainty, Bayesian statistics, p-values, etc.
The Sampling Uncertainty and Sampling Quality expert working group has authored an impressive set of briefs dealing with issues relating to sampling and sampling uncertainty which is important to all analysts. Since 2010 an increasing number of briefs have been published on subjects such as bio-analytical analysis (e.g. digital PCR), instrumental analysis (e.g. hand-held instruments, mass spectrometry periodic table, etc.), food and feed authenticity (principally nitrogen factors) and heritage science amongst others. Targeted towards conservators, curators and art historians, etc., Technical Briefs drafted through the Heritage Science expert working group have undoubtedly enriched and brought a new dimension to the AMC Technical Brief portfolio.
Apart from their general application, AMC Technical Briefs comprise a very useful addition to Continued Professional Development (CPD) records. They are a great open-access resource, and provide an excellent foundation for most of what an analytical scientist needs to know in modern (bio-)analytical measurement science.
Professor Michael Walker, Queen’s University Belfast, said, "Practicing bioanalytical measurement scientists value AMC Technical Briefs for their up-to-date authoritative content, and I have often turned to them when resolving complex technical appeals in the official control system. The TBs are excellent aids to learning particularly if, like me, formal study of analytical chemistry took place a long time ago. The whimsical humour of some of the titles gives a glimpse of the engaging personalities behind the scholarly treatment of often complex topics. That this body of knowledge has been developed voluntarily and has always been available open access is a tribute to the professional integrity of the analytical community and the commitment of the Analytical Division (of RSC) to a public interest ethos."
Jane White, Glasgow Scientific Services and President of the Association of Public Analysts, said, "The RSC AMC Technical Briefs are a great source of information. They provide information on current issues in an accessible format. It is good to have information from a reliable source such as the Analytical Methods Committee. Congratulations on reaching TB100".
Bertil Magnusson, Trollboken AB, said, "To explain often complex technical issues is difficult and condensing information into 2-4 pages can be a real challenge. AMC Technical Briefs manage this beautifully and we, who work with education of analytical chemists in Sweden, always recommend these documents".
To ensure high standards throughout analytical science are maintained, the AMC aims to continue keeping the Analytical Community, and users of measurement data, informed of developments through the publication of further Technical Briefs and other AMC outputs such as Reports (see AMC website). The Committee is proud to support the overall Analytical Division aim of supporting CPD with our TBs which can be used towards CPD certification.