Accreditation where accreditation is due

Rasmussen, Gary N. (2002) Accreditation where accreditation is due. In TechTrain Conference, 2002, University of Western Sydney, NSW. (Unpublished)

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A laboratory with fully developed and accredited quality systems is highly desirable. In some cases it is mandatory. This is evidenced by the concerns raised when certain medical testing laboratories have not maintained appropriate standards to retain their accreditation with NATA. Whether or not third party accreditation is mandated, good laboratory practice based on sustainable systems is required.

Internationally accepted standard ISO/IEC 17025 provides specific guidelines for operating a laboratory that may be accredited. To what extent should a university laboratory implement this standard? Is NATA accreditation necessary? As staffing and funding reduce is it possible to maintain high standard quality systems that are in reality truly required if assurance of results is due? Accreditation may be required where accreditation is due but is credit given by the institutions for the resources required to get there or stay there? These issues are considered in relation to university and commercial laboratories and specific case points are raised from experience with NATA accreditation in the School of Civil Engineering, QUT.

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ID Code: 80039
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: quality, accreditation, ISO/IEC 17025, NATA, laboratory
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 The Author
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2015 04:04
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2015 04:24

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