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3.12.1 Lack of clear specifications of the objectives and strategy

Clear specifications of the objectives and strategies for the characterisation are important. Often characterisation activities are begun with only vague notions of these objectives and strategies, and the problems that have commonly resulted include:

  • Wrong variables were measured.
  • Some variables that were needed were not measured.
  • Wrong set of samples was taken.
  • Data are compromised by interfering factors.
  • Funds were wasted on unnecessarily sophisticated instrumentation and analytical techniques, realised accuracy and precision are inadequate.
  • More samples were collected and analyzed than needed, and/or there are too few samples collected to answer the question.
  • Methods were not approved by regulators.