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SY01135_.jpg (10973 bytes)  What is Laboratory Accreditation?

After launching the Incentive Subsidy Scheme for ISO 9000 / ISO 14000 Certification, the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Center announced another subsidy scheme for Laboratory Accreditation.   All independent laboratories legally established/located in Macau, or  laboratories that form part of the organizations legally established /located in Macau can apply  for this incentive subsidy.   Presently, the applicant laboratory should select either the Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ) or HOKLAS as its accreditation body . Upon a successful audit, the Center will reimburse each applicant laboratory for the application and audit fees related with first-time accreditation / extension of scope of accrediation, up to a maximum limit of MOP 80,000. 

The activity of laboratory accreditation has been around for almost fifty years.   With the development of product and quality system certification,  technical support such as testing, measurement and calibration has also become increasingly important.  Laboratory accreditation is a formal recognition by a third-party (national) authority of a laboratory's capability to perform testing, measurement and/or calibration activities.  The objective of the Macau Productivity and Technology Transfer Centre setting up this incentive subsidy scheme is to encourage the local laboratories to enhance their management system, technical capability and competitiveness, as well as to reduce the number of second-party audits (i.e. by the clients of the laboratories).  Under mutual recognition agreements, laboratory accreditation could also contribute to a breaking down of non-tariff barriers.

Laboratory accreditation is a voluntary scheme. The accreditation body will perform on-site audit of the applicant laboratory; the applicant laboratory found meeting the requirements of the standard will be accredited.   The accreditation body will then perform periodical surveillance audits and re-audits.  Regarding the standards used, they are usually based on international ones, such as EN 45001 or ISO/IEC 17025 <which has replaced ISO/IEC Guide 25 wef Dec 16, 1999>, which cover the following elements:

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Updated on 2007/01/25.