We are pleased to announce that our UKAS accreditation has been transitioned to the latest version of ISO 17025 (2017). This provides our clients additional benefits in terms of our independence, risk management, impartiality, reporting, and tender reviews to name but a few in addition to all the other rigorous requirements that are still keystones of ISO17025.
Why risk your high-cost decisions based on test results from an unaccredited lab? It could be costing you a lot more than you think. Let’s look at the facts. With ISO 17025 you have written, formal evidence that the company carrying out your testing is competent to do so, is impartial, independent, has the correct and calibrated equipment, is using the right method, reports it in the correct format, has results traceable to national standards, has systems and records providing full traceability, has procedures in place to continually improve, is a legal entity with the resources in place to deal with things when they go wrong, has people fully trained and regularly assessed, has systems to keep equipment in working order and fully calibrated and monitored, has a requirement to agree with you beforehand if anything is subcontracted, has facilities to conduct tests in the correct conditions, regularly conducts audits to monitor compliance and correct non conformities. You get all this confidence and more without having to do anything but ask that the test be UKAS accredited. A lab without accreditation to ISO17025 has, potentially and evidentially, well, nothing… So you build a road using 600mm of 6F2 capping that you didn’t need because of inaccurate CBR values, or a crane company gets a report that the ground under a crane is fine when it isn’t because of a poor plate bearing test, or you dispose of material that ‘failed’ and import new material when the original was fine – now, there are some major costs and risks to safety there! be smart and reduce your risk; always ask for UKAS accredited testing services.