The one-day audit began with a thorough examination of the team’s procedures and quality control systems, covering among other things document control, purchasing, confidentiality and arrangements for subcontracting.
In order to pass, the systems must meet the requirements of international standards ISO 9001 for quality management and ISO 17025 for testing and calibration in laboratories.
APEM’s phytoplankton technical manager, Richard Bassett, said: “Our annual audit by UKAS is always challenging but also tremendously useful.
“It’s a chance not only for us to review our practices and procedures, but also to have a fresh set of eyes looking over them. The auditors bring years of specialist experience working with diverse organisations and always find helpful suggestions.
“Continuous improvement is the name of the game.”
UKAS is the UK’s national accreditation body, responsible for determining the technical competence and integrity of organisations such as those offering testing, calibration and certification services.
If you have any queries, please contact Richard Bassett, Phytoplankton technical manager.
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