A laboratory's technical competence is measured by the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. When the lab meets the standard's criteria, it becomes accredited by an International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) member. ILAC provides mutual recognition and acceptance between members of their test and calibration data. It is important to understand that some laboratories are accredited to ISO 9000, but this standard only relates to their quality management system, not their technical competences, so it is not an alternative to ISO/IEC 17025.
Instron® is ISO/IEC 17025 Accredited and Has a Long History of Technical Excellence
Our field engineers are backed up by a large engineering staff experienced in the design and calibration of materials testing related instruments, as well as experts in metrology. Also, our engineers are actively involved in ISO and ASTM committees worldwide that write the standards on calibration. All calibration and verification equipment is certified and traceable to the International System of Units (SI) through a National Metrology Institute (NMI), such as NPL or NIST. All software is rigorously tested and validated before used in the field.
We maintain the highest standards of integrity so that you can have confidence in the calibration of your equipment. At the same time, we understand that you need any competitive advantage you can get, so we offer many standard and customized plans that can optimize your costs.View Instron's Accreditations
What is Accreditation?
Laboratory accreditation is an independent, third party evaluation of a laboratory’s competence to perform calibrations within their Scope of Accreditation. An integral part of the accreditation process is the technical evaluation of the laboratory’s capability. This includes confirmation that the laboratory provides measurement results traceable to recognized NMIs, such as the NPL in the UK, NIST in the USA, and PTB in Germany.
Although there are a number of organizations that approve calibration laboratories, only the bodies that are members of ILAC are recognized as having an international standing.
Why is Accreditation Important?
Accreditation demonstrates the competence, impartiality, and performance capability of a laboratory. It gives you confidence to know that your calibration provider has demonstrated its competence to an independent body and is regularly audited to ensure that this level of competence is maintained.
What Are the Recognized Accreditation Bodies?
Most countries will have a national accreditation body, which are generally members of the ILAC. It is important that the calibration laboratory you use is accredited by an ILAC member to ensure that you will have a recognized certificate of calibration, of international standing, supporting your business and satisfying your customers locally and globally.
ILAC members include:
- UKAS (UK)
- COFRAC (France)
- ENAC (Spain)
- DakkS (Germany)
- NVLAP and A2LA (USA)
View a complete list of ILAC members.
Do I Need to Use the National Accreditation Service from My Own Country?
No, provided you use a laboratory that is accredited by an ILAC member, you and your customers can be confident that the service provided meets all the standards required. ILAC is the world’s principal international forum for the development of laboratory accreditation practices and the recognition of competent test and calibration facilities. It is a cooperation among the various laboratory accreditation bodies, such as UKAS, COFRAC, ENAC, DakkS, NVLAP, and NATA with the goal of promoting trade between countries through mutual acceptance of accredited test and calibration results.