December 5, 2012
Steven Lehotay, Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS
A young Winston Churchill was once asked to write a report by his boss. When Churchill handed in the report, his boss asked, “Is this the best you could do?” and Churchill replied, “No.” “Do it again!” the boss demanded. When Churchill returned with the revised version, he was asked again, “Is this the best you could do?” Churchill was ready with his response, “No, but it is equal to the task.” Although Churchill was not an analytical chemist, he captured the essence of the fit-for-purpose concept well. This presentation is intended to help answer the question, “What is good enough?” when setting standards in the chemical residue analysis arena.