Accredited companies convey a commitment to quality, credibility and reliability in the services offered
A method of evaluation and certification, which seeks, through requirements and standards, to promote quality and safety on the evaluated item. This can be considered one of the definitions of accreditation.
In a simple way, we can also say that the accreditations also exist to assess the conformity of technical requirements of the process. However, they are not limited to technical evaluation only, they verify management, legal, process requirements, etc.
In general, the accreditations deserve a lot of attention for transmitting to the public a sense of credibility and reliability, becoming a relevant condition for institutions within the market. Accreditations contribute to making processes more efficient, thereby reducing costs and making organizations more sustainable.
For laboratories, accreditation is evidence of their competence, performance and ability to perform the analyzes. This is because the processes are periodically audited and obey international standards that guarantee the safety of the results delivered.
There are several laboratory accreditation bodies in the world. In Brazil, more commonly, Inmetro recognizes the competence of testing laboratories through ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17025 and ABNT NBR ISO 15189 for clinicians. In turn, the Scientific Societies, SBPC/ML (PALC) and SBAC (DICQ) grant accreditation to clinical laboratories, according to their standards harmonized with ABNT NBR ISO 15189 and other references.
In this segment, the major objective of accreditation is to make laboratories improve their laboratory practices, that is, the quality of their analysis. Thus, in addition to all the benefits of quality, safety and credibility, there is still an important factor: the reduction of errors. This factor also adds to the reduction in delivery time and costs, factors that accreditation contributes greatly to those who have it.
Two of the key parts of quality within companies is continuous improvement and professional updating and laboratory accreditation acts as a support for these points. From the moment the laboratory is accredited, there is a certainty that the company’s process has been critically evaluated by a third party, highly competent.
The laboratories participating in a quality control program are already complying with accreditation requirements and obtaining recognition from an accrediting body is a step further. Accreditation gives the public the peace of mind that accredited laboratory reports are completely reliable.
Controllab quality and reliability
Having an accredited quality control provider adds value to the laboratory. At Controllab, the Proficiency Test (PT) is one of the mechanisms for controlling the quality of results. All tests offered by Controllab follow the criteria of ISO/IEC 17043 and PEP 0003 accreditation is evidence of these actions. When participating in the PT, the laboratory will be able to show the accuracy of the analyzes and the reliability of the results issued in its routine.
Continuous improvement, based on quality and reliability, provides Controllab with some recognition, according to the scope of Inmetro:
PEP 0003: this accreditation attests to Controllab’s technical competence in developing and conducting proficiency tests in accordance with international requirements and enables it to be recognized in other countries, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements signed by Brazil in Mercosur, the Americas and Europe.
CRL 0586: the Inmetro seal attests to Controllab’s technical competence, credibility and operational capacity for carrying out tests, according to the requirements of ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17025.
CAL 0214: The Inmetro seal attests to Controllab’s technical competence, credibility and operational capacity for calibration services, according to the requirements of ABNT NBR ISO/IEC 17025.
PRM 009: This accreditation attests to Controllab’s technical competence in producing Certified Reference Materials (CRMs), in accordance with international requirements and enables it to be recognized in other countries, in accordance with mutual recognition agreements, narrowing the technical barriers between Brazil and others continent countries.
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