The chemicals industry, which includes plastics, pharmaceuticals, detergents, paints, chemical products and medical and industrial gases, makes up a considerable percentage of the gross output by industry of any advanced country and supplies products to all economic sectors: health, agri-food, industrial, construction, transport, etc.
Accreditation gives the sector the confidence of having technically competent laboratories and inspection and certification organizations with the required experience, human resources, means and methods to make easier the access to markets.
- Analysis, testing and certification of raw materials, manufacturing processes and finished products – pigments and dyes, plastics, rubber, fibres, elastomers, fuels, paints, stains and varnishes, oils and lubricants, fertilisers, cosmetics, gunpowder, explosives and pyrotechnic products, antiseptics and disinfectants, etc.
- Assessment and certification of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) in non-clinical test of industrial chemicals, which includes biocides and substances governed by the European Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
The principles of Good Laboratory Practice are applied to obtain data on the properties and hazards for people, animals and the environment of any chemical substance.