When using a laboratory to perform tests on products, to determine their characteristics, as part of quality control or to determine compliance with certain requirements laid down in standards or specifications, we must be sure that it can provide correct results that we can trust; in other words, it must be a technically competent laboratory.

For companies, using a laboratory that guarantees total technical competence is essential to ensure the reliability of its products or services, minimise risks and increase customer confidence and the acceptance of their products in other markets.

More than 800 accredited testing laboratories provide this guarantee to companies in every sector:

  • Manufactured products
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Telecommunications
  • Energy and mines
  • Transport
  • Chemistry
  • Health
  • Agriculture and livestock
  • Environment
  • Acoustics
  • Forensic science
  • ...

All ENAC documentation relative to accreditation criteria and procedures for testing laboratories is available in the DOCUMENTS section.

Technical competence, more than just quality management

Unlike ISO 9001 certification, which is the confirmation that a company has set up a quality management system in accordance with certain requirements, accreditation under the ISO/IEC 17025 standard confirms the technical competence of the laboratory and guarantees the reliability of test and calibration results.

Only accreditation can generate confidence both in the laboratory's competence for issuing reliable results, with the necessary human and material resources and experience, and its ability to provide a service adapted to the needs of its clients, since the ISO/IEC 17025 standard requires the laboratory to have a quality management system defined by the standard itself, in addition to technical competence requirements.

See the joint IAF-ILAC-ISO communiqué on the ISO/IEC 17025 standard here.

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