Laboratory Accreditation Procedures

Getting accreditation is one of the key steps towards boosting customers' satisfaction and increasing their trust in your lab. It's a clear assurance to your clients that your laboratory specializes in offering valid and quality services. Moreover, it's also a good step towards ensuring environmental protection, personnel motivation and information management system, among other economies of scales. Having a consultant to guide you step-by-step through implementation is a great asset. The accreditation procedures could be different from one region to another but a consultant will definitely know what's good for you and even link you up with the most appropriate certification agency.

Laboratory accreditation procedures entail an orderly set of guidelines that will help you attain accurate measurements, testing and calibrations. You can follow the following procedures in order to get accreditation:

  1. The first step towards solving any problem is acknowledging that there's a problem. Similarly, the first step in implementation of ISO 17025 is acknowledging any inaccuracy in your measurements. So uncertainty of measurement is very important in implementing system.
  2. The next step is perfect data control. You have to make valid calculations and control the data. You can't afford to be careless about or lousy with record keeping, if you want to achieve perfection and hence, accreditation. Ensure every record is clear, well-filed and easy to retrieve.
  3. Maintenance of records: Records are very important in showcasing progress and for evidence. You have to be very sensitive about your records and ensure they are updated appropriately and kept safely.
  4. Proficiency: Specialize in your field, be the expert at doing the measurement and calibrations. As it is said that practice makes perfect, do it over and over until you can barely go wrong.
  5. Respond to internal complaints: In an organization it's normal that at some point someone will feel infringed. Make sure your management adopts an open-door policy that listens to everybody. When complaints and concerns are addressed accordingly as they arise, it works for the benefit of the company.
  6. Be confidential: Being confidential helps people trust you. You should discern what information to release, and to whom. There is some information about your firm or workers that the public should not know. Always be keen on your statements.
  7. Notifications: If you have to communicate anything on change in your management system or about the service, make sure it's timely and through the correct channel.
  8. Procurements: Be keen when making procurements. Gather all the information you need about the item you are considering for the procurement and refer related test or calibration methods to identify the specifications for the items to be procured.
  9. Audits: They are a great way of proving accountability. Periodically conduct audits in order to be sure of what your organization purchases, their price and quality.

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