Formal recognition of competence of a laboratory by an Accreditation body in accordance with international criteria has many advantages:
- Increased confidence in Testing/ Calibration Reports issued by the laboratory
- Better control of laboratory operations and feedback to laboratories as to whether they have sound Quality Assurance System and are technically competent
- Potential increase in business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction.
- Customers can search and identify the laboratories accredited by NABL for their specific requirements from the NABL Web-site or Directory of Accredited Laboratories
- Users of accredited laboratories enjoy greater access for their products, in both domestic and international markets.
- Savings in terms of time and money due to reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products.
Proficiency testing providers play an important role in the value chain for assurance of products and services. Being an accredited PTP gives the organisation credibility for their PT services. The benefits of proficiency testing are widely recognized. These include:
- Comparison of a facility’s performance with that of other participating (peer) facilities
- Monitoring of a long-term facility performance
- Improvement in the performance of tests/calibrations following investigation and identification of the cause(s) of unsatisfactory PT performance, and the introduction of corrective action to prevent re-occurrence
- Staff education, training and competence monitoring
- Evaluation of methods, including the establishment of method precision and accuracy
- Estimation of measurement uncertainty
- Contribution to the facility’s overall risk management system
- Confidence building with interested parties, e.g. customers, accreditation bodies, regulators.
Formal recognition of competence of a RMP by an Accreditation body in accordance with international criteria has many advantages:
- Accreditation is an effective marketing tool for RMPs.
- Accreditation provides assurance that the accredited RMPs are competent to produce the RMs as listed in the scope of accreditation.
- It provides confidence to RM users that the reference materials (RMs), and certified reference materials (CRMs) in particular, are produced according to technically valid and internationally recognized principles, and fitted for the intended uses.
- These uses include the assessment of precision and trueness of measurement methods, quality control, assigning values to materials, calibration, and the establishment of conventional scales. This eliminates the needs of the users to evaluate the quality of the RMs themselves.
- RMs are used globally. Many economies around the world have accreditation bodies offering accreditation to RMPs. These accreditation bodies have adopted ISO Guide 34 as the criteria for RMP accreditation. This has helped economies to adopt a uniform approach to determining RMP competence. This uniform approach allows accreditation bodies in different economies to establish arrangements among themselves, based on mutual evaluation and acceptance of each other’s RMP accreditation systems.