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In the framework of the EU funded project European Union Water Initiative Plus for the Eastern Partnership (EUWI + 4 EaP), UBA (Umweltbundesamt) Environmental Agency Austria and EUWI+ Regional Office for the Caucasus organized a training session on the general Laboratory Management and ISO Certification for the Caucasus countries of the project (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and respective laboratory institutions. The training was held in the Betsy’s Hotel on 12-13 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia

The workshop brought together the main producers of water quality data and information, as results of sampling and analysis quality of river and other water ecosystems (reservoirs, canals, groundwater bodies, etc.) to support preparation of River Basin Management Plan in the project countries.

The workshop aimed at harmonising and improving knowledge on fundamentals (principles and terminology) of quality management in laboratories and accreditation requirements (basis is ISO 17025), addressing in particular laboratory practitioners responsible for operating instruments and keeping QA issues alive in their daily practise. The training was attended by the laboratory experts from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in order to address transboundary issues and to foster collaboration.

The main topics of the workshop were:

  • Clarification of fundamentals of the 17025
  • Clarification of terms and background fundamentals for uniform use and understanding of terms like calibration, standards, work range, reference, validation, verification, statistics, ISO 17025 as umbrella