THE RHP DATABASE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF ANALYSIS RESULTS
RHP manages the database Minerva. This database assesses the analysis results of samples.
A number of agreements has been made for the processing of these results:
PLEASE NOTE: since 10 September 2020, this button links to the new Minerva-portal.
The old Minerva-portal will be available until 18 September 2020.
Members regularly ask to correct incorrect results in Minerva, the database which assesses the analysis results of samples. The term ‘reanalysis’ is often used, while it’s actually about an other kind of reassessment. What exactly about these reassessments? 5 tips from Frank Woets, technical adviser at RHP:
A reassessment is always a procedure which has to correct probably incorrect results. There are four levels of reassessment:
The names of these reassessments indicate how much resemblance the analysed sample has with the formerly analysed sample. In the list above, that resemblance of samples decreases top-down. The name also indicates the kind of mistake that probably has arisen.
Our aim is to improve the transparency and traceability of reassessments. By running this process in a more structured manner and partly automated with the use of database database Minerva 2.0. The correct and uniform coding of samples by members and laboratories is important then. The results of a second measurement in a sample indication can be recognized on the following codes (ever without the hyphen):
The assessment number in the last three is ever the same as that of the assessment of the first result by Minerva.
Once results have been stated in Minerva – when they appear to be incorrect later on – then RHP cannot have them cancelled just like that. Permission from the certifying body (ECAS or KIWA) is necessary. To have an assessment cancelled, the member can apply for a request at his certifying body. Provided with an adequate foundation. The certifying body determines if the first assessment may be cancelled and informs RHP. A sample can and may be rejected only once by the way.
If specifications of a sample are lacking, then the results cannot be approved by Minerva. So a rejection follows. As soon as the certifying body gives permission to reassess the results with the specifications, Minerva can do this. So it is better and quicker to take care of the right specifications on the sample form right away.
Prevention is better than cure. So take care of good sampling, labelling and a correctly completed sample form to minimise the chance on mistakes. In this way we jointly keep the number of re-analyses as small as possible.