Guidelines for the statistical analysis of a collaborative study of a laboratory method for testing disinfectant product performance
Hamilton, Martin A.
Hamilton, G. C.
Goeres, Darla M.
Parker, Albert E.
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This paper presents statistical techniques suitable for analyzing a collaborative study (multilaboratory study or ring trial) of a laboratory disinfectant product performance test (DPPT) method. Emphasis is on the assessment of the repeatability, reproducibility, resemblance, and responsiveness of the DPPT method. The suggested statistical techniques are easily modified for application to a single laboratory study. The presentation includes descriptions of the plots and tables that should be constructed during initial examination of the data, including a discussion of outliers and QA checks. The statistical recommendations deal with evaluations of prevailing types of DPPTs, including both quantitative and semiquantitative tests. The presentation emphasizes tests in which the disinfectant treatment is applied to surface-associated microbes and the outcome is a viable cell count; however, the statistical guidelines are appropriate for suspension tests and other test systems. The recommendations also are suitable for disinfectant tests using any microbe (vegetative bacteria, virus, spores, etc.) or any disinfectant treatment. The descriptions of the statistical techniques include either examples of calculations based on published data or citations to published calculations. Computer code is provided in an appendix.
Hamilton MA, Hamilton GC, Goeres DM, Parker AE, "Guidelines for the statistical analysis of a collaborative study of a laboratory method for testing disinfectant product performance," J AOAC International. 2013 96(5):1138-1147