UKAS undertakes an annual assessment of accredited laboratories, however every forth year UKAS performs a full reassessment of the organisation and 2023 was our lucky 4th year!
This visit was complicated by additions to scope from our Biological and Physical Testing Departments and an extension to scope for our QA Department. This was also the first assessment of biological testing activities from our IP-5 satellite laboratory in Newport.
The audit team was thoroughly impressed with our team's professionalism, expertise and the manner in which we collaborated throughout the process with "great links between the QMS and technical competencies".
We are expecting publication of the final report over the next few weeks, however the formal UKAS recommendation is that SMTL maintain accreditation to ISO 17025 including all of the requested new test method additions, extensions to our accreditation and extending the schedule testing from IP-5.