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50 Years of Continuous Accreditation

Friday, January 10, 2020

On 12th January the calibration laboratory at Taylor Hobson celebrated 50 years of continuous Accreditation.

The laboratory was initially accredited on the 12th January 1970 by BCS (the British Calibration Service). In 1985 BCS merged with NATLAS, the National Testing Laboratories in 1985 to form NAMAS, the National Measurement Accreditation Service.

Taylor Hobson calibration and measurement laboratories

In 1995 the Accreditation service NAMAS merged with the NACCB (National Accreditation Council for Certification Bodies) and now yields to the internationally recognized title of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

UKAS is a company limited by guarantee and recognised by the British Government as the sole UK body for the assessment and accreditation of competence for organisations performing calibration, testing, and sampling. Laboratories accredited by UKAS are regularly assessed and audited to ensure that they comply with the stringent UKAS criteria that are in accordance with European standard EN 45001, ISO/IEC Guide 25, and the relevant sections of the BS EN ISO 9000 series of standards, all of which were replaced in 2002 with a new singular International standard ISO/IEC 17025.

Taylor Hobson Certificate of Accreditation

The Taylor Hobson UKAS Laboratory gained accreditation to ISO 17025 in February 2002, and Testing Laboratory accreditation in January 2004. September 2007 saw the laboratories re-established into newly designed ISO Graded Cleanroom facilities.

Jon Leeman, Head of the Laboratory commented, ‘’Although I wasn’t there for the initial accreditation looking back it’s a fantastic achievement for the laboratory, it’s personnel and my predecessors Clive Eager and Pat Kilbane’’.