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Four sets of weights (PTA 1, PTA 2, PTA 3 and PTA 4) were distributed amongst the 19 participating laboratories. Each set consisted of two aluminium weights, one nominally 5 mg, and the other nominally 20 mg.

All laboratories except one returned results for inclusion in the report.

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A total of 9 laboratories received samples, comprising of one Australian participant, and eight overseas participants, including Botswana, Russia, Malaysia, Spain, Argentina, Albania and Kenya.

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An investigation into contamination from potentially toxic PFAS chemicals at the Richmond RAAF base in north-west Sydney has found a 10-square-kilometre plume of the chemical in groundwater.

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From its constitution in 2006, Proficiency Testing Australia (PTA) has joined a very successful partnership with the New Zealand based company, Global Proficiency (former Asure Quality).

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PTA has recently appointed an agent in Singapore. Charslton Pte Ltd will be responsible for the participation of laboratories from Singapore and Malaysia in PTA proficiency testing programs.

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