CGL is the first Mongolian laboratory holding triple ISO accreditations
In July, 2015 Central Geological Laboratory (CGL) of Mongolia is accredited by ANSI/ASQ American National Accreditation Board (ANAB), USA according to ISO/IEC 17043 “Conformity assessment - General requirements for proficiency testing” thus CGL met requirements of three international standards.
According to Dr. Bill Hirt, director of the ANAB accreditation program, CGL with this third accreditation enters an absolute elite group within laboratory community in the world. Only 5 out of 800 organizations accredited by ANAB are at the triple accreditation level.
CGL has already successfully undergone assessments following ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for testing and calibration laboratories” as testing laboratory in 2005 and ISO Guide 34 “General requirements for reference material producers” as reference material producer in 2012 respectively. Accreditation by these standards together with ISO/IEC 17043 is, as experts see it, the highest achievable quality level for a laboratory. That is why this triple accreditation is also called the “PLATINUM STANDARD”.
CGL started to organize proficiency testing among laboratories within technical cooperation project implemented with the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) during 2013- 2015. On November 24, 2015, it yielded to another accreditation by Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology - national accreditation body.
CGL aimed at membership of Asia Pacific Metrology Program (APMP) as a one of its main objectives for above mentioned project. The APMP secretariat has already supported the CGL membership application and officially informed about preliminary approval.The membership in APMP will give CGL the opportunity to be regularly informed of international/regional metrological policy and approaches and to exchange information and experience through cooperation.
According to Mr. Tegshbayar Norov, CEO of CGL, organization of laboratory proficiency testing is a very important event for not only CGL itself but also for Mongolian mining sector as an evaluation by proficiency testing helps laboratories improve the quality of their own work and is indispensable to demonstrate competence and confidence in testing. Therefore, it is contributing to national measurement uniformity and bringing new developments for the sector.
Central Geological Laboratory of Mongolia celebrated its 58th anniversary in late November.