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Calibration lab saves 120 supplier audit days per year

Calibration lab saves 120 supplier audit days per year

Fluke Calibration is one of the world’s leaders in precision calibration instruments, equipment, service and software for measuring electrical activity, radio frequency, temperature, humidity, pressure and flow.  Its instruments are used in calibration laboratories and process measurement instrument shops across the globe, including nearly every National Metrology Institute. With offices and customers on every continent, […]


The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR) increase it’s turnover by 50% with ENAC Accreditation

The Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR) increase it’s turnover by 50% with ENAC Accreditation

Established in 2007, the Footwear Technology Center of La Rioja (CTCR), has strengthened its position after achieving accreditation with ENAC (1299/LE2460) for IS0/IEC 17025 standard, as well as being recognised as a Notified Body in accordance with the Regulation (EU) 2016/425. A year after achieving accreditation, CTCR had focused efforts on their physical laboratories in […]


Laboratorio Tello increases its business by 50% thanks to ENAC accreditation (2018)

Laboratorio Tello increases its business by 50% thanks to ENAC accreditation (2018)

In 2012, Laboratorio Tello extended its ENAC accreditation in a number of areas directly related to the ‘olive oils analysis and its derivatives’. Following the accreditation of these new areas Laboratorio Tello clients have increased by almost 50%. In 2015, Laboratorio Tello further extended its scope to include ‘organoleptic assessment (i.e. smell and flavour) of […]


Testing regime enables 17.3% YOY export growth in Chinese traditional medicines

Testing regime enables 17.3% YOY export growth in Chinese traditional medicines

In 2004, the Singapore Government introduced the requirement that the testing of traditional Chinese medicines must be carried out by an accredited laboratory before products can be placed on the market or exported. Before the introduction of this testing regime, the annual sales of Chinese traditional patent medicine in Singapore was about SGD 200 million, with […]


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 […]


European Metrology Research Programmes boost sales of 1,627 million Euro

European Metrology Research Programmes boost sales of 1,627 million Euro

Metrology research ensures the international measurement systems are fit for the future, as well as supporting the introduction of innovative products and services through the accurate validation of new technologies. In providing accurate and traceable measurement, that is both reliable and robust, metrology research also underpins trade. Projects have brought together world-class measurement expertise that […]


International commerce – the value of accreditation and standardization (May 2019)

International commerce – the value of accreditation and standardization (May 2019)

Research, commissioned by the Italian Accreditation Body (Accredia), shows the value that accreditation plays in supporting international trade. The development of common standards, supported by mutual recognition of accredited test results, inspection reports and certificates provide simplification and reductions in the cost of commerce, through transparent procedures, the avoidance of duplicate testing and the need […]


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 […]


Guide for the Use of Standards and Accreditation in public procurement

Guide for the Use of Standards and Accreditation in public procurement

The Spanish Public Sector Contract Law 9/2017, which came into force in March 2018, aims to provide greater transparency, better value for money, and increased economic rationality of public funds. It considers that public purchase processes should include qualitative, environmental, social and innovative aspects which aim to “award criteria to obtain the highest quality works, […]


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

Inter-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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