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ISO/IEC 17025

Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

Accreditation helps the Botswana National Dosimetry Laboratory to grow

The control of occupational radiation exposure through the provision of Dosimetry services is an integral part of one of the three main principles on which protection against ionizing radiation is based – the principle of optimization of radiological protection.  The premise of optimization is that all reasonable efforts are made to reduce doses due to […]


Accreditation enables TPK – ZAVOD d.d. to expand into Europe

Accreditation enables TPK – ZAVOD d.d. to expand into Europe

  TPK–ZAVOD, a Croatian mechanical engineering company employing 43 staff, is has invested significantly to improve its competence levels and quality performance. TPK has gained accreditation to the following accreditation standards: ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, ISO/IEC 17065 and ISO/IEC 17024; as well as accredited certification to ISO 9001, 14001, 29001, and SCCP and OHSAS 18001 […]


Toxicology lab can’t offer expertise in child protection case due to lack of accreditation

Toxicology lab can’t offer expertise in child protection case due to lack of accreditation

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled that the director of the Nova Scotia Health Authority’s toxicology lab in Halifax, Canada, cannot give expert opinion evidence about the results of urine testing at a child protection proceeding. The judge found that the laboratory’s opinion could not be found to be reliable because the lab is […]


Accredited testing of power cables supports reduction of transmission loss

Accredited testing of power cables supports reduction of transmission loss

Power grids lose nearly 8%, in transmission and distribution, of the power produced at the point of generation. Transmission losses in the UK equate to £1.1 bn annually and could account for as much as 7 425 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. A project to create a practical transmission cable using capacitative transfer is currently […]


Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

Insurer provides lower premium to accredited organisations

In the UK, Howden, an independent Lloyd’s broker, created a professional indemnity scheme for clients operating under accreditation, which helped it gain a full understanding of the client’s risk profile and so obtain more accurate pricing for the cover required. This scheme also provides insurers with access to new, potentially profitable, lines of revenue. Those with less long-tail exposure tend to be more […]


Accreditation reduces the need for regulatory audits and the associated costs

Accreditation reduces the need for regulatory audits and the associated costs

Accreditation of laboratories under the Drinking Water Testing Standard Scheme (DWTS) significantly reduces the burden of Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) audits, as the need for the Regulator to routinely audit or inspect the laboratory is removed. Conversely, if a laboratory chooses not to adopt DWTS, they will be subject to risk-based vertical audits, including audits […]


Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

Insurance association: Standards and Accreditation support risk and add value (2018)

AIRMIC, the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers in Industry and Commerce, has published a white paper on the value that standards and accredited conformity assessment can play in the management of risk. The report states that there is plenty of evidence that organisations perform better when they adopt voluntary quality standards, yet for the most […]


The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The Economic Value of Accreditation in Australia (April 2018)

The National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia (NATA) is Australia’s national authority for the accreditation of laboratories and producers of reference materials, and a peak body for the accreditation of inspection bodies and proficiency testing scheme providers. It commissioned the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to conduct research to evaluate the economic value of accreditation […]


Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

Standards support business competitiveness in Colombia (2018)

A study titled “Standardisation: a contribution to the competitiveness of Colombian organisations, case studies to measure the economic impact of technical standards.” was published in 2018, to increase the awareness of the multiple benefits that the technical standards bring to Colombian organisations. This publication describes not only the evolution of standardization in Colombia, but also […]


Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

Intrer-governmental agency promotes use of quality infrastructure to make renewable energy investment decisions

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. It has published a summary document for policy […]


Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

Directory of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies in West Africa (August 2017)

In order to improve trade prospects and the quality of products and services in West Africa, this directory provides a list of accredited testing laboratories, inspection bodies and certification bodies in the region (as of August 2017). The directory was sponsored by UNIDO to ensure that public and private organisations are aware and have access […]


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