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Achieve and maintain your testing accreditation

Many different types of organisations use the testing accreditation standard ISO17025 to enhance their profile and assure the technical competence of their organisation.  Testing accreditation, when integrated successfully into your facility’s processes helps to ensure that results are accurate and interpretations are valid.

Testing fields*

  • Biological Testing (eg testing of food, water, pharmaceuticals)
  • Chemical Testing (eg testing of environmental residues, fuels, breathalysers)
  • Construction Materials Testing (eg testing of soils, bitumen products, concrete)
  • Forensic Science (eg DNA testing, toxicology, fingerprint examination)
  • Measurement Science and Technology (eg. calibration facilities)
  • Mechanical Testing (eg testing of automotive products, metals and plastics)
  • Medical Imaging (RANZCR/NATA) (eg testing with x-ray, CT and interventional radiology)
  • Medical Testing (eg haematology, histopathology, biochemistry)
  • Non-Destructive Testing (eg testing of metal integrity and degradation)
  • Research and Development (eg testing carried out by government and private research facilities)
  • Veterinary Testing (eg animal and animal product diagnostic testing)

Your facility may be awarded accreditation for one or a number of classes and subclasses within these fields, depending on your facility’s technical competence.

Relevant Standards**

To be accredited for testing accreditation or calibration accreditation your facility must meet the requirements of:

  • ISO17025 General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories; and
  • the relevant Field Application Document

Exception:

  • Medical Testing which uses ISO15189
  • Medical Testing Field Application Document

These standards address the general requirements for testing and calibration facilities as well as  the specific technical requirements for their individual field.

What are the benefits of testing and calibration accreditation?

  • Improves confidence in the results obtained not only for the facility but also for clients.
  • Improves work processes  as systems established as part of accreditation support and provide a framework for all areas of the facility.
  • Effective marketing tool.  Accredited facilities generally enjoy a higher profile.  Accredited facilities also generally have an advantage when tendering especially with government contracts.
  • Reduction in costs and improved efficiency due to a reduction in errors, waste (excess consumption of sample and testing reagents), contamination events and reworks.
  • Enables the assessment of the relative capability of other accredited laboratories. A benchmark of performance.
  • Improved staff morale – roles are understood, training and development of staff is a priority.

Call us today to discuss your testing accreditation requirements.

*There are other fields but these have not been included in this list.  For a full list visit the NATA website.

**Inspection, Providers of Proficiency Testing, Reference Material producers, Recognition of Compliance with the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice, DoHA’s Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme have additional requirements and/or are based on a different standard.