Precision is the level of agreement between duplicate measurements of the same characteristic. Laboratory precision, or analytical error, is assessed by determining the agreement of results for replicate measurements of the same sample. Field precision is assessed by determining the agreement for results for two independent samples collected from the same site at the same time. Precision may be evaluated using LCS/LCSD samples, MS/MSD samples, analytical duplicate samples and/or field duplicate samples. The comparison is made by calculating the relative percent difference (RPD) as given by:
where: S1 = measured sample concentration; and
S2 = measured duplicate concentration.