Sector:

Chemical :

Accreditation: supporting safety and control in the use of chemicals

Chemicals are used in a growing number of sectors, from pesticides and petrochemicals, to toys and paint. BQMS accreditation ensures that consumers, suppliers, purchasers and regulators can have confidence that analysis and determination of the physical parameters of these chemicals is carried out by competent organisations.

Accredited Laboratory Testing to ISO/IEC 17025

BQMS accredits chemistry laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025; General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories that serve a broad range of industrial sectors. BQMS accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically to determine technical competence. Laboratory accreditation assesses factors relevant to a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate tests and data including the technical competence of staff, the validity and appropriateness of test methods, the suitability and maintenance of test equipment, the testing environment, sampling, handling and transportation of test items, and the quality assurance of test data.

Chemical analysis is carried out on a number of products including food and food products, plastics, fuels and oils, detergents, soils, paints and coatings, waters, toys and consumer goods, air, textiles, metals, wood, glass, cosmetics, and construction products.

Construction:

Accreditation: Delivering confidence in construction materials, projects and practices

Accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification provide consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers with assurance that construction projects run efficiently, construction sites are safe and reliable materials are used. They also provide Government and Regulators with reliable evidence that completed projects meet regulatory compliance.

Samples, products, services, or management systems can be evaluated against specified requirements by laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Accreditation is the independent evaluation of these conformity assessment bodies against recognised standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their integrity, impartiality and competence.

Energy:

Accreditation: enhancing the performance of energy efficiencies and improving economic performance, whilst reducing consumption of resource and emissions.

The provision of energy involves complex supply chains and processes, often involving cross-border trade and the transportation and distribution of volatile substances. The commercial development of alternative renewable sources of energy will need to be environmentally-friendly, and demonstrate value in terms of cost, reliability, durability and performance.

Samples, products, services, management systems or personnel can be evaluated against specified requirements by testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies, verification and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Conformity assessment is used to check that products are fit and safe for consumption against a standard, a code of practice or regulatory requirements that bring confidence to the marketplace.

Accredited conformity assessment services therefore provide a means for preventing unsafe, unhealthy or environmentally harmful products from entering the market place. Regulators can set overall policy requirements or detailed technical requirements and rely on laboratories, inspection bodies or certification bodies to check for compliance.

Engineering:

Accreditation: Underpinning safe engineering projects and practices

The Engineering industry is under growing pressure from Government and society to comply with a number of regulations in the field of quality, health and safety and environmental protection.

BQMS accreditation ensures that consumers, suppliers, purchasers and regulators can have confidence in the quality and safety of goods, and in the provision of services throughout the supply chain. BQMS accreditation demonstrates that all aspects of this process can be evaluated, ensuring public safety and providing assurance that engineering projects are carried out safely.

Environmental :

Accreditation: Underpinning environmental performance

The need to measure environmental performance or limit environmental impact is a key focus for many organisations. Accredited testing, calibration, inspection and certification provide consumers, suppliers, purchasers and specifiers with assurance about environmental-related claims made. These services also provide Government and Regulators with reliable evidence of compliance.

Samples, products, services, or management systems can be evaluated against specified requirements by laboratories, certification bodies, and inspection bodies (collectively known as conformity assessment bodies). Accreditation is the independent evaluation of these conformity assessment bodies against recognised standards to carry out specific activities to ensure their integrity, impartiality and competence.