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Forensic Sci Int. 2007 Jan 17;165(2-3):216-24. Epub 2006 Jun 16.

Validation of new methods.

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Department of Experimental and Clinical Toxicology, Institute of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Saarland, Building 46, D-66421 Homburg (Saar), Germany. frank.peters@uniklinikum-saarland.de

Abstract

Reliable analytical data are a prerequisite for correct interpretation of toxicological findings in the evaluation of scientific studies, as well as in daily routine work. Unreliable analytical data might not only be contested in court, but could also lead to unjustified legal consequences for the defendant or to wrong treatment of the patient. Therefore, new analytical methods to be used in forensic and/or clinical toxicology require careful method development and thorough validation of the final method. This is especially true in the context of quality management and accreditation, which have become matters of increasing relevance in analytical toxicology in recent years. In this paper, important considerations in analytical method validation will be discussed which may be used as guidance by scientists wishing to develop and validate analytical methods.

PMID:
16781833
DOI:
10.1016/j.forsciint.2006.05.021
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