New Editon of IUPAC Compendium of Terminology in Analytical Chemistry

In January 2023, a new 4th edition of the IUPAC Compendium of Terminology in Analytical Chemistry (Orange Book), was published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK, updating the previous 1997 edition after a gap of 26 years.

First published in 1978, the 4th edition of 13 chapters and 666 pages, edited by D Brynn Hibbert, takes into account the explosion of new analytical procedures and, at the same time, the diversity of techniques and the quality and performance characteristics of the procedures that are the focus of interest.


New chapters on chemometrics, bio-analytical methods of analysis, and sample treatment and preparation have been added. This is a significant and important update. The terminology of metrology and quality assurance is now up to date with the latest ISO and JCGM standards. 

The book is divided into 13 Chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Fundamental and Metrological Concepts in Analytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 2: Chemometrics
  • Chapter 3: Extraction for Sample Preparation
  • Chapter 4: Mass and Volume in Analytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 5: Separation in Analytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 6: Analytical Spectroscopy
  • Chapter 7: Mass Spectrometry
  • Chapter 8: Electroanalytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 9: Radioanalytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 10: Analytical Chemistry of Surfaces
  • Chapter 11: Thermal Analysis
  • Chapter 12: Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • Chapter 13: Quality in Analytical Chemistry

This last Chapter holds special interest for the ECA AQCG and its members as it contains 7 sub-topics:

  • 13.1: Introduction
  • 13.2: General Concepts Related to Quality and Quality Management
  • 13.3: Concepts Related to Validation and Verification of Analytical Procedures
  • 13.4: Concepts Related to Reference Materials
  • 13.5: Concepts Related to Intra- and Interlaboratory Comparisons
  • 13.6: Concepts Related to Internal Quality Control
  • 13.7: Concepts Related to Conformity Assessment, Quality Specifications and Measurement Quality

Bibliographic information

  • Title: Compendium of Terminology in Analytical Chemistry
  • Published: 27 Jan 2023; IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)
  • ISBN (print): 978-1-78262-947-4
  • Edited by: D Brynn Hibbert
  • DOI

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