United Kingdom Accreditation Service
The Government Laboratory is accredited by UKAS, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, to recognised International Standard BS EN ISO / IEC 17025:2005 for a representative range of our testing work. See downloadable documents for details of the precise scope of our accreditation, which should be noted does not cover the entirety of our very wide range of work, or on the UKAS website. Only the tests specified in the schedule are subject to this formal accreditation.
The scope of accreditation is kept under constant review and is likely to change at least annually - this site should therefore be checked periodically for updates. Users for whom accreditation of specific tests is important are urged to check the scope of accreditation and to discuss their requirements with the Laboratory.
For information on the scope of accreditation that was applicable prior to the date of issue of the current schedule please contact the laboratory.
Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system. It has been agreed internationally that fulfilment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means that the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.
Proficiency testing schemes
In addition, we participate in a number of proficiency testing schemes to verify our technical competence across a representative range of our testing work:
- AIMS - Asbestos in Materials Scheme
- AQUACHECK (water analysis)
- DAPS - Distillers Analysis Proficiency Scheme
- FAPAS - the Food Analysis Performance Assessment Scheme
- FOBS - (foreign bodies in food)
- LEAP - Laboratory Environmental Analysis Proficiency Scheme
- QDCS - Quality in Dairy Chemistry Scheme
- QMS - Quality in Microbiology Scheme
- QUASIMEME (shellfish toxins)
Investor in People
The Government Laboratory gained the Investors in People award in 2003 and retained the accreditation through 2 successive renewal assessments. This external assessment demonstrated that the management and operation of the Laboratory met, and continued to meet, the requirements of the Investors in People National Standard. As the gaining and maintenance of the award had not required or caused any major changes to practices, the decision was taken (with full concordance of the staff) that this was proof enough that the Laboratory is an investor in people, therefore from the end of 2010 renewal would not be sought.