airmid healthgroup part of international framework promoting confidence in accredited labs

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inab-ilac-logoIn May 2011 airmid healthgroup ltd became the world’s first ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited testing laboratory for Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) & Fel d 1 (cat allergen) analysis.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the globally recognised standard that sets out requirements for the technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This means that as an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, airmid healthgroup ltd has incorporated an overall quality system governing both our management practices and technical competence.

Accreditation also demonstrates the capabilities of the laboratory in areas such as:

  • trained and qualified staff
  • functional and calibrated equipment
  • standardized methods
  • controlled environmental conditions

The Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) is the sole body in Ireland responsible for accrediting laboratories. Reports issued by INAB accredited laboratories are internationally accepted due to INAB’s Multilateral Agreements (MLAs) with European and worldwide accreditation body organisations such as the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).

Recently the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) was introduced and with the motto “tested once, accepted everywhere”, it supports international trade by using the INAB symbol in combination with the ILAC-MRA mark, pictured above. Seeing this combined MRA mark on a report gives you confidence in the accuracy of the results as it signifies that the testing was performed by a facility that has been assessed as being competent to carry out that specific activity. This combined mark will be used in all airmid healthgroup reports that contain results reported under the defined scope of activity for ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

airmid healthgroup are delighted with the introduction of this internationally recognised “stamp of approval”. We pride ourselves on our unique global experience that allows us to offer services to manufacturers, retailers, architects, government agencies and large multinational corporations in a range of industries worldwide.  The MRA stamp promotes proficiency, independence and competence while removing international barriers; therefore clients from around the world can now make informed decisions when selecting us as a laboratory.

Contact Graeme Tarbox if you have any questions on the issues raised in this article and how we can add value to your company: or +353 1 633 6820.

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