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"AFRICA" (Asbestos Fibre Regular Informal Counting Arrangement)

EPTIS factsheet 131364 | Last revision 2018-08-23 | URL: https://www.eptis.bam.de/pts131364 https://www.eptis.bam.de/pts131364

PT provider
PT provider Institute of Occupational Medicine Institute of Occupational Medicine
Based in United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Remarks For more information regarding the operation of AFRICA, including a copy of our Operational Procedure and an application form, visit: https://www.iom-world.org/research/iom-research-expertise/africa-asbestos-fibre-counting/ For any queries, please contact us at africa@iom-world.org.
Product groups Air
Hazardous substances
Testing fields Environmental conditions
Environmental protection
Occupational safety
Safety evaluation
Technical details
Test item Tested property Testing method
Asbestos fibres Airborne concentration Microscopy, optical
Aims of the PT scheme
Target group of participants AFRICA is an international proficiency testing scheme for laboratories over the world which measure airborne asbestos fibre concentrations using the phase contrast optical microscopy counting method.
Linked to specific legislation / standards The AFRICA Scheme is run following the principles of ISO/IEC 17043 and ISO/IEC 17020, although is not formally accredited to these standards. The IOM has extensive external Quality Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025 through UKAS. This covers asbestos sampling in air, asbestos fibre counting, surveying of asbestos in buildings, analysis of asbestos in bulk materials, asbestos analysis by scanning electron microscopy a wide range of chemical analysis using several analytical techniques, occupational hygiene sampling, specialist ventilation testing and protective suit testing.
Additional, subsidiary aims characterisation of reference materials
Number of participants 36
Accredited or otherwise reviewed by a 3rd party
Operation is commissioned / requested by World Health Organization (WHO)
Fees and frequency
Participation fee 699 GBP per year (2 rounds)
Regularly operated Yes (Twice per year)
Year of first operation 1983
Contact details of the PT provider
Provider Contact person
Institute of Occupational Medicine
Research Avenue North, Riccarton
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 131 449 8000
Fax: +44 870 850 8084
Web: http://www.iom-world.org/research/africa_scheme.php http://www.iom-world.org/research/africa_scheme.php
Miss Emma Carnaghan
Phone: +44 131 449 8096
Fax: +44 870 850 8084
Email: emma.carnaghan@iom-world.org emma.carnaghan@iom-world.org
If you find any mistakes please contact the responsible EPTIS coordinator in United Kingdom, Mr Savvas Xystouris. Mr Savvas Xystouris.
Any questions or problems? Please contact us at eptis@bam.de.
Application version: 1.23-SNAPSHOT.20230502124635-7925ae379a631fc1ececff45d2921c8db38877d5