Online Ethics Test

Each laboratory will be given 30 days to complete the course and email the online test to NYAAEL. Each test will be graded and if a passing grade is achieved, a certificate will be sent by return mail.

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1. Please identify the following incorrect statement:

a. As professionals, it is our moral responsibility to comply to ethical business practices.b. The laboratory must maintain appropriate evidence that each employee understands their ethical responsibilities in relation to their job function.c. Ethics training needs to be completed upon initial hire only.d. Ethics training for employees is a requirement by many certification programs; including NELAP and PA Chapter 252.

2. A breach of data integrity occurs when an analyst or other responsible person intentionally manipulates data and submits the results of that data as valid.

a. Trueb. False

3. The only type of basic lab fraud is when fraud is committed by the laboratory in conjunction with, or at the behest of the client.

a. Trueb. False

4. Unethical behavior of one person (employee) is a reflection on everyone.

a. Trueb. False

5. Please identify the examples of measurement fraud.

a. improper manual integrationsb. altering or forging direct physical measurementsc. improper calibrationsd. All of the above

6. The following includes examples of procedural fraud. Please identify the statement that is not considered procedural fraud.

a. Shortcuts taken during preparation of samplesb. Deviations in spiking methodsc. deleting non-compliant datad. dry labbing

7. Identify the examples of procedural fraud:

a. Not prepping a proficiency sample prior to analysisb. Not digesting metal samples when requiredc. Adding extra spike to compensate for low recoveriesd. Using improper calibration procedures.e. All of the above

8. The definition of "dry-labbing" is when the analyst performs the analysis but does not account for percent moisture in the sample.

a. Trueb. False

9. The majority of laboratory fraud is discovered in organic departments. a. Trueb. False

10. Which issues may assist in cultivating of bad habits?

a. Working conditions - unsafe working conditions, lack of space, faulty equipmentb. personnel condition - laziness, lack of integrity, poor trainingc. management conditions - uninvolved management, weak, demeaning, use of ultimatumsd. All of the above.

11. Resetting the instrument clock to make it appear that analysis is performed within hold time is an improper practice.

a. Trueb. False

12. Removal of points from the middle range of the calibration curve is strongly discouraged. Please choose the unacceptable reason listed below for omitting calibration points from the middle of the calibration curve.

a. Obvious instrument failure; such as empty sample vial, misfiring, or high deviation between replicates indicating an automatic sampler issueb. Removal of point to minimize concentration range of the samples.c. The removal of the bad mid-point calibration point will improve quality control and will allow for QC samples to passd. Samples in the analytical batch were not detected at or near the calibration point in question

13. What are potential consequences for breaching data integrity?

a. Discussion with employee and permanent information in employee fileb. Immediate employment terminationc. Finesd. Imprisonmente. All of the above.

14. Laboratories must maintain a record management system for all laboratory logbooks and analytical records.

a. Trueb. False

15. Administrative records must include:

a. personnel qualifications, experience and training recordsb. Initial and continuing demonstration of capabilitiesc. log of names, initials and signatures for all analystsd. all of the above

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