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Accreditation provides the assurance that organizations are adhering to internationally recognized standards. It is therefore imperative to identify deviations for restructuring and consolidation wherever applicable.
All the technical factors necessary for producing quality data are examined, which include; technical competence of staff, validity and appropriateness of test methods and their suitability, calibration and maintenance of test equipment, quality assurance of tests and records and documents. The quality assurance (QA) personnel devise and implement the systems that make it easier for analysts and others to comply with. This on-site assessment process assures that the laboratory is capable of producing accurate, traceable and reproducible data, through the examination of the laboratory’s Management System and Quality System.
A laboratory's competence thus relies on following accreditation and quality standards which is vital to the success of a laboratory, and ultimately, to the satisfaction of its clients.