Quality Assurance Policy Statement
The management and staff of SGS Accutest share the responsibility for product quality. The Quality System is designed to ensure that all processes and procedures, which are components of environmental data production, meet established industry requirements. These processes and procedures must be adequately documented from a procedural and data traceability perspective as executed by the staff. It also assures that analytical data of known quality, meeting the quality objectives of the analytical method in use and the data user's requirements, are consistently produced in the laboratory. This enables the ultimate data user to make rational, confident, cost-effective decisions on the assessment and resolution of environmental issues.
The Quality System provides staff with data quality and operational feedback data. This enables a determination whether the laboratory has achieved the established quality and operational standards, which are dictated by the client or established in regulation. The information obtained from the Quality System is used to assess operational performance from a quality perspective and to perform corrective action as necessary.
The Quality Assurance Standard
SGS Accutest operates a quality program which meets the requirements for laboratory operations established by the international community. SGS Accutest has implemented a Quality System that follows ISO Guide 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories. The structure of ISO Guide 17025 has been adopted by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), the voluntary national accreditation program originally established by the USEPA. NELAP has established a uniform national standard for environmental laboratories that places a strong emphasis on quality systems.
The Quality System at SGS Accutest has been designed to meet NELAP standards. SGS Accutest was among the first laboratories to submit applications to the approved state accrediting authorities for recognition as a NELAP accredited laboratory. All laboratories in the SGS Accutest network are NELAP accredited.