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Calibration is simply testing a piece of equipment against a known quantity and measuring the error.
With almost all industry having to comply with particular regulations, calibration of their equipment is vital to ensure quality and compliance.

In essence where we perform calibrations on site using NATA accredited test equipment, all the tests carried out are traceable to NATA or national standards.

In the past we would have to send our NATA accredited test equipment out to an accredited provider for certification (ie National Measurement Institute), now we can provide that service.

We have recently gained accreditation by NATA to ISO: 17025 in the calibration testing fields of temperature and humidity for our in house testing facility.

NATA is the Australian body that regulates the accreditation to international standards. (ISO: 17025)

What is ISO 17025 and what does it stand for?

ISO 17025 is an internationally recognised accreditation which sets out the requirements for the competence of testing and inspection laboratories, thereby allowing companies to identify reliable service providers. Closely aligned with the requirements of the ISO 9000 standard (both require a documented quality management system), ISO 17025 also demands regular audits of technical competence: an assessment of factors which determine the correctness and reliability of the tests and calibrations performed, and thus the ability to consistently produce valid results. Since the ISO 17025 standard evaluates technical expertise, accreditation is formal recognition (by an accreditation body such as NATA) of laboratory competence – which means that clients, other laboratories, regulatory authorities and the courts can have confidence in the test results.

Accredited inspection:

  • Improves safety
  • Minimizes risk
  • Enhances product reputation via accurate, reliable and impartial inspection
  • Adds value to businesses via global acceptance of evaluations i.e. international recognition of ISO 17025 accredited laboratory results

Note: ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for particular analytical techniques under a laboratory’s ‘scope of accreditation’ means that laboratory has been evaluated and deemed competent to perform specific testing procedures.

Benefits of using products and services from a NATA accredited facility

What does using an accredited facility mean to you as a Consumer?

Every day, Australians rely on testing, measurement, inspection and related activities in some way.  This may be directly – for example, by having a pathology test, or indirectly – for example, much of the food we eat and the water we drink is tested to ensure that it is safe.

Many of the products that we buy and services that we use are tested or inspected to appropriate standards.

Standards touch so many areas of our lives from car safety to hospital equipment.

Imagine a world without standards.

  • The milk our children drink may not be safe.
  • The toys our children play with may be hazardous.
  • The water we drink could be toxic.
  • The electrical equipment we use could injure us.
  • The bridges we travel may not be safe.

These are only a few examples of how having no standards could affect our daily lives.

But how can consumers have confidence that the products and services they use meet appropriate standards?

NATA accredits competent facilities to perform the testing and inspection activities for those products and services.  This gives consumers the assurance they need to make safe, healthy and reliable choices.