Laboratory accreditation – ISO/IEC 17025: 2005

RSA Geotechnics is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) [Testing Laboratory No. 1351] for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025, the international standard for the management and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

UKAS is the sole body recognised by the UK government for assessing the competence of testing and calibration organisations. The accreditation process involves an annual assessment of the laboratories analytical procedures and management system by an independent team of experts.

Most of our routine analytical methods have been assessed for compliance with BS1377, the UK national standard for soil testing, and our quality management system has been accredited for compliance with ISO/IEC17025. UKAS accreditation is an assurance that our technical and management procedures are maintained to stringent standards.

ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard that specifies the management and technical requirements for competence to perform test measurements and calibration. The standard is published by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) and applies to organisations that want to provide an assurance to their customers of the accuracy, repeatability, and traceability of test measurements or calibration.

Independent accreditation is formal recognition that a laboratory is competent in performing specific test or calibration procedures.

Accreditation is only awarded to a laboratory after they have demonstrated their competency and compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. To maintain their accreditation, laboratories must regularly demonstrate their continued competency through proficiency testing and external assessments by accreditation bodies.

Operations Director, Andy Symis comments; “RSA Geotechnics are members of the CHAS and Constructionline schemes and our management system is accredited for compliance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 17025. Our accreditation provides reassurance to our customers of our commitment to work to the highest standards. We shall continue to ensure that the quality of our services, workmanship, health and safety remain at the forefront of our business.”