Sci-Tech Ireland has systems and protocols in place to assure the quality of all its analytical data. Quality assurance follows the sample from receipt, throughout its analysis, to the point at which results data are reported. It also covers the laboratory’s analytical and data management systems.
SCI-TECH IRELAND STANDARDS
To ensure accuracy day in, day out, Sci-Tech Ireland has a robust internal quality system. At the heart of this system is accreditation by UKAS to the internationally recognised standard for competence – ISO/IEC 17025.
UKAS accreditation is specific to particular sample types and methods. Sci-Tech Ireland is also approved by DAERA under the Northern Ireland Poultry Health Assurance Scheme (NIPHAS)
Sci-Tech Ireland has UKAS accreditation for particular serology sample types and methods. ISO 17025 is the British, European and International Standard for quality assurance in analytical laboratories. In the UK, laboratories claiming compliance with this standard are inspected and accredited by UKAS. Accreditation also means that the laboratory’s management systems meet the principles of ISO 9001.Although laboratories achieving the standard are regarded as UKAS accredited, accreditation can only be claimed for individual methods that have been inspected and approved by UKAS. A list of accredited methods is given on Sci-Tech Ireland's UKAS schedule.
Sci-Tech Ireland participates in the following PT schemes;
• VETQAS Independent, accredited, proficiency testing service provided by the APHA’s Quality Assurance Unit (QAU)
• GD DEVENTER Independent, accredited, proficiency testing service