The Standing Committee of Analysts

The Standing Committee of Analysts

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3 -To be a trusted and professional body
5 YEAR WORK PLAN [2014/5 – 2018/9]

Objective – Descriptive Comment

Actions – what are we going to do to achieve this?

How will we measure our success?


We will be open and transparent and publish our actions

We will develop an independent SCA branded web identity that will allow us the freedom to:

Present an accurate record of meetings and actions.

Allow regularly updated tracking of time limited actions so that progress can be seen to be made.

Manage the website actively so that it is clearly live and maintained.

Provide a mechanism for website users to comment on content and ensure that this is responded to promptly.







Effective SCA branded website, easily found and used, that appears competent, professional, accurate, and up to date.

Website receives regular ‘hits’.

Website receives occasional comments or requests for information.

Responses to queries are delivered in a timely manner.


A small team of webmasters should be appointed who between them can ensure that the website is maintained.

We will maintain the standard of our publications and maintain the SCA’s reputation as a
source of analytical excellence

Develop and publish the five year plan for the review and updating of methods.

Develop a house style that is both functional and translates to a webbased version.

Ensure that the SCA Working Groups maintain momentum and adhere to the planned timetable of method reviews and reissue.

Identify the requirement for new methods and ensure robust methods are developed and validated within as short a time period as is reasonable, and made available as quickly as possible after sign off.

Peer review of finalised documents by SCA or other experts outside the working party

Maintain contact with UK regulators to ensure that methods meet future regulatory needs.

Maintain contact with UK regulators to ensure that methods are fit for purpose and are endorsed by these agencies.






Measure compliance with the five year plan by tracking progress on the website – dates of meetings, stages of development, anticipated review dates, requests for review and contribution if relevant.

Active participation of industry experts in the Working Groups

Regularity of updates of the website with reviewed and reissued documents.

Methods cited as ‘standard methods’ by UK regulators.

Methods adopted or adapted by non-UK authorities.

Positive feedback from regulators.

Positive feedback from users.

Citations in other documents or by other authorities.

Working Group Leaders

SCA Strategic Board


We will achieve this by voluntary contribution and goodwill of all participants and their organisations

Populate Board and Working Groups with seasoned professionals who can actively contribute time, ideas and experience.

Engage with organisations to promote the role and worth of SCA and seek their support to make staff and possibly resources available as a voluntary contribution to the community.

Seek the nomination of potential contributors via the webpage who may not otherwise be known to the Working Group Chairs.



Review periodically the contributors to each Working Group to ensure that they are able to recruit enough volunteers of appropriate experience and willingness to contribute.

Maintain contact with Chairs and where progress appears to be slow seek to identify causes and support as required.

Respond to offers of contributions via the web and other routes in a  considered timely manner.


Working Group Chairs and Secretaries

SCA Strategic Board




We will do this by having membership at the Strategic Board level who are representatives of the stakeholder organisations and have the ability to, and are capable of, providing strategic advice

Publish the SCA Strategic Direction document.

Establish the Board with representatives of all key stakeholders.

The Strategic Board fulfils the strategic objectives and retains the confidence of users of SCA publications.





Compliance with the Strategic Direction document.

The Board includes senior representatives from the DWI, UKAS, EA, water industry laboratories, and independent consultants /contractors from the water / environment sectors.


SCA Strategic Board Chair

Active Working Group Chairpersons will participate in committee meetings on a voluntary basis

Ownership of technical and strategic areas will be established within the Strategic Board.

Working Groups should be established as required to work towards achieving the planned objectives.

Recruitment of competent Working Group Chairs who are motivated to fulfil their part of the overall SCA objective, and self reliant enough to progress review and/or development of methods by arranging and chairing meetings, and ensure actions are agreed and achieved in good time. Chairs will be confident and able to assess their working party performance and summarise annually for the Board.

All technical areas and strategic objectives have an identified Chair or Responsible Person (Owners).

Active Working Groups exist for all technical areas.

Active participation of Working Group Chairs at Strategic Board meetings.

Annual reviews are published on the website


SCA Strategic Board

Working Group Chairs

Strategic Objective Responsible Persons.


The Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA) exists to provide authoritative guidance on methods of sampling and analysis of waters and effluents, sewage sludges, sediments, soils (including contaminated land) and biota. Where appropriate, guidance on the sampling and analysis of air will also be produced. The primary duty of SCA will be to develop and publish recommended analytical methods. This will not include the provision of advice on, or interpretation of results. All methods published by the SCA should be capable of satisfying a regulatory demand, be fit for purpose and represent best practice within the United Kingdom (UK).
However, validation data published with methods represents performance under a particular set of circumstances and is provided for illustrative purposes only. It is incumbent on users of SCA methods to assess performance on their equipment, in their laboratories, with their personnel.