About IAEA JAPAN Proficiency Test

Information about 2013 IAEA JAPAN Proficiency Test 

※Click here to check the 1st JAPAN Proficiency Test 2012

For this proficiency test, the IAEA standard samples will be prepared as follows.
First, the water, soil and hay will be prepared as representive environmental samples. The isotope sample which has been accurately quantified by the IAEA Seibersdorf laboratory will be mixed in these environmental samples.
In addition, it will contain samples of different concentrations and will be verified the measurement capability of each laboratories

Table-1 Standard samples provided by IAEA
Sample Code Type of Sample Approx mass(g) Requested measurands
01 Spiked Water 500 Unknown anthropogenic isotopes amongst the following: 51Cr, 57Co, 60Co, 65Zn, 85Sr, 134Cs, 137Cs, 139Ce, 152Eu and 241Am (not all of them are present), total alpha and beta as screening parameters
02 Spiked Water 500
03 Spiked Water 500 QC sample with known radioisotopes and massic activities:
60Co: Value: 201,4 Bq/kg,
Uncertainty (k=1): 1,8 Bq/kg
137Cs: Value: 125,8 Bq/kg,
Uncertainty (k=1): 0,8 Bq/kg
04 Hay 150 134Cs and 137Cs
05 Soil 200 40K, 137Cs, 208Tl, 210Pb, 212Pb, 228Ac, 90Sr, 210Po, 238U, 239+240Pu and 241Am

Participated Institutions and the further schedule 

This time, Japan's leading institution of 50 will participate in Japan PT.
Each institution must finish the measurement by May and send the result to IAEA. Following this, representatives of each institution and IAEA will gather at University of Tsukuba after June and IAEA will give us the technical guidance for the evaluation and improvement of the measured values.
The measured value of each institution will be anonymised. It is because the estimation of laboratories' reliability is not the purpose. The goal is to get more accurate measurement of environmental radioactivity by each institution.
IAEA will compile the results and creat reports.

JAPAN PT Participants 

Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Fukushima Future Center for Regional Revitalization
Research Center for Electron Photon Science, Tohoku University
Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University (Isotope Production and Application)
Advanced Science Research Center, Okayama University
Center for Research in Isotopes and Environmental Dynamics, University of Tsukuba
Faculty of Marine Science, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
School of Medicine, Aichi Medical University
Department of International Environmental and Agricultural Science, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Department of Life Environment Studies, Shokei Gakuin University
Graduate School of Science/ School of Science, Osaka University
Department of Nursery First Course, Fukushima University
Faculty of Science/ Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University
Graduate School of Bioagricultural Science, Nagoya University
Instrument Analysis Center, Yokohama National University
Faculty of Symbiotic Systems Science, Fukushima University
Center for Bioscience Research and Education, Utsunomiya University
Department of Nuclear Safety Engineering, Tokyo City University
Faculty of Education, Shinshu University
Faculty of Human Sciences and Design, Koriyama Women's University
Institute of Radiation Emergency Medicine, Hirosaki University
Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology
College of Science and Engineering/ School of Chemistry (Radiochemistry Laboratory), Kanazawa University
Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
National Institute of Radiological Science
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Atmospheric Environment and Applied Meteorology Research Department
Institute for Environmental Sciences
National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences
National Institute for Environmental Studies
National Food Research Institute, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Center of Fukushima
Meat Inspection Office, Fukushima Prefectural Government
Fukushima Prefectural Forestry Research Centre
Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre
Social Health and Welfare Department, Koriyama City
Fukushima Prefectural Fisheries Experimental Station
Fukushima Prefectural Institute of Public Health
Environmental Pollution Research and Analysis Center Co.,Ltd
Eurofins Food Testing Japan K.K
IDEA Consultants, Inc.
NAITOH Environmental Science Co., Ltd.
Kyushu KankyoGaku Kyokai
UNITIKA Environmental Technical Center. Co., Ltd.
NASU Kankyo Gijutsu Center Corporation
The General Environmental Technos Co., Ltd.
Ibaraki Prefectural Pharmaceutical Association Kensa Center