Mark Sykes

Mark’s principal role is to provide expert advice on all aspects of Fapas proficiency tests and to investigate difficult datasets and their underlying scientific problems.

Mark Sykes

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  • Area of expertise
    Proficiency Testing
  • Years of experience
    20
  • Highest qualification
    MSc

Mark is also responsible for new product development in proficiency testing, developing bespoke schemes and project supervision of student interns.

Mark works closely with all colleagues in Fapas but also consults and collaborates with other colleagues in Fera and externally. His responsibilities include co-ordinating the Fapas Advisory activities. Mark's background is in analytical chemistry, specifically chemical residues testing using mass spectrometry. He moved away from the laboratory bench to join Fapas in 2009.

Mark is an author or co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers and a book chapter and continues to publish work on proficiency testing data. Mark travels extensively to speak at international conferences and workshops, to meet customers and agents. Mark is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fapas representative of UK Proficiency Testing Working Group and Fapas representative of EA ILC Testing Working Group.


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Established in 1990, Fapas is a globally recognised provider of proficiency tests, running over 400 tests annually across an extensive range of matrices and analytes for the food and water, environmental chemistry and microbiology sectors.


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Latest Papers and Articles

2017 Sykes, M, Czymai, T, Hektor, T, Sharman, M & Knaggs, M, Chloramphenicol stereoisomers need to be distinguished: consequences observed from a proficiency test, Food Additives & Contaminants: Part A, 34:4, 536-541, DOI: 10.1080/19440049.2016.1270469

2016 Sykes, M, Mathieson, K, Anderson, D, Hutton, E, Knaggs, M, Advantages of proficiency test items utilising real food matrices, EuroReference, 2016, 1, 13-26

2015 Sykes, M, Thompson, M, Assessing the stability of a proficiency test material by participant-blind re-use after a period of storage, Anal Meth, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02255J, 7, 9753-9755

2015 Fields, B, Sykes, M. Assessment of fitness for purposes utilisation of 5-hydroxymethyl-2-fufural quantification analysis in Fapas proficiency tests, Anal Meth, 2015, DOI: 10.1039/c5ay01851j

2014 Sykes, M, Knaggs, M, Hunter, S, Leach, E, Eaton, C, Anderson, D, Some selected discrepancies observed in food chemistry proficiency tests, Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods (QAS), 2014, 6 (3), 291-297. DOI: 10.3920/QAS2013.0373

Events past and future

2017: RAFA 2017

2017: EuraChem PT workshop 2017                                                                

Mark and his team work with customers to deliver the following services within Fera...

Investigation of difficult analytical chemistry datasets and their underlying scientific problems.

Fapas proficiency testing

Fapas proficiency testing

Established in 1990, Fapas is a globally recognised provider of proficiency tests, running over 400 tests annually across an extensive range of matrices and analytes for the food and water, environmental chemistry and microbiology sectors.

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Fapas quality control

Fapas quality control materials

Surplus test materials from the batch used for the PT may be available for purchase as quality control (QC) samples. These QC samples may be used for troubleshooting poor performance in the PT, training of new staff, method development or generating QC charts.

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Fapas reference materials

Fapas reference materials

Reference Materials (RMs) are also available from Fapas for some analyte/matrix combinations. RMs have a much higher degree of characterisation than PT or QC materials with a defined chain of traceability. RMs undergo formal stability testing for both short-term and long-term applications.

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