Doha, October 14 (QNA) – Qatar University research laboratories of Environmental Studies Center (ESC), Center of Advanced Materials (CAM) and Central Laboratories Unit (CLU) have been awarded renewal of their ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation status from the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), re-affirming their status as world-class facilities operating to international standards and best practice.
A press release issued by Qatar University said the labs initially obtained accreditation status from A2LA in April 2010. Since then, A2LA has been conducting audits regularly to evaluate the quality management systems at QU s research labs.
The accreditation was reaffirmed until June 2014 following findings of the audit in June 2012 that concluded that the labs are completely in compliance with the accreditation requirements spelled out in ISO/IEC 17025:2005.
As one of the essential requirements of accreditation, Qatar University research labs are participating successfully in the proficiency testing programs with ASTM (USA), MAPEP (US Department of energy) and LGC Standards (UK). To enhance the technical competence of its employees, Qatar University has a series of training programs run by internationally-recognized organizations such as A2LA (USA) and UKAS (UK).
ISO/IEC 17025 is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world and is used in developing the management system capable of producing accurate and reliable results. Laboratories accredited to this standard have demonstrated technical competence and ability to produce precise and accurate test data.
The A2LA is a prestigious body offering programs for the accreditation of testing laboratories across the world. Accreditation is a voluntary, third party-reviewed process in which a laboratory’s quality management system is thoroughly evaluated on a regular basis by authorized accrediting agencies to ensure continued technical competence and compliance with ISO standards. (QNA)