Successful accreditation of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards
We are pleased to announce that the metrology laboratory of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has been accredited in the area of calibration (mass and volume) to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 by JANAAC, the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation. We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to our partners on receiving this award!
The SLBS is very proud that the accreditation was awarded by JANAAC which is an institution of CARICOM, the Caribbean Community. The SLBS Metrology Laboratory is the first calibration laboratory to ever be accredited by JANAAC.
The ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation builds on another award, the ISO 9001:2015 certification. Both achievements confirm that the SLBS is able to deliver results that meet technical requirements worldwide.
Funding was received through a CROSQ-CDB project (CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality – Caribbean Development Bank) entitled “Strengthening the Regional Quality Infrastructure”. Important equipment also paved to way towards accreditation. A microbalance was funded by the 10th EDF-CRIP-EPA-TBT project (European Development Fund, Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme, Economic Partnership Agreement and Technical Barriers to Trade). Temperature, air pressure and humidity data loggers were funded through a project of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. PTB implemented both projects with its partners CROSQ and INDOCAL, the Dominican Institute for Quality. Participation in interlaboratory comparisons in the areas of volume (2016) and mass (2019) also served to demonstrate technical competence in volume and mass calibrations.
The newly obtained accreditation of the SLBS laboratory significantly increases the competitiveness of the local economy.
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