The accreditation process consists of the evaluation and recognition of the technical competence of entities to carry out specific conformity assessment activities (e.g. tests, calibrations, certifications and inspections).
This process is subject to community legislation, which requires harmonized work, verified through a system of peer review. As a result, each EU Member State (and EFTA) designated a single national accreditation body. In Portugal, this mission was assigned to the IPAC.
The IPAC holds an annual audit in order to demonstrate that an entity – in this case, AQUALAB – maintains the level of compliance in their tests.
AQUALAB and Accreditation
- 2007 — Aqualab accredits 26 tests in the water matrix.
- 2009 — Accreditation of water sampling.
- 2010 — Accreditation of Research and Quantification of Legionella pneumophila by PCR in Real-Time, Research of Salmonella sp., Smell and Taste.
- 2012 — Accreditation of Testing for food matrices and swabs and their collection.
Currently, AQUALAB has accredited the tests contained in the Technical Annex L0417, which can be viewed by clicking on the accreditation links below.