Beta’s ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation

Beta Analytic was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 accreditation by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA Testing #59423). The company is the first radiocarbon lab in the world to have achieved ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation as a testing laboratory. The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is the highest level of recognized quality any testing or calibration laboratory can attain.

Beta Analytic’s Miami lab has demonstrated technical competence in the measurement of natural levels of radiocarbon by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC), as well as in the measurement of the stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).

Specific tests covered by the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation are the determination of (a) radiocarbon age/activity in archaeological, geological, and water samples via AMS or LSC; (b) stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen in organic and carbonate materials via IRMS; (c) bio-based carbon content of natural range materials for any carbon-containing solid, liquid, or gaseous materials via ASTM D6866; (d) bio-carbon content of solid materials like solid recovered fuels (SRF) or refuse derived fuels (RDF) EN 15440.

 

All results are ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited. NOTE: Not to be confused with the well known ISO-9001 accreditation, which is a business management accreditation addressing matters such as accounting and hiring. ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is a rigorous accreditation of laboratory quality assurance procedures, testing “proof of results.” It addresses matters such as data traceability, cross-checks, document control, accuracy in reporting, and technician experience. In Beta Analytic’s case, the accredited procedures utilized in the analysis of samples are supported by 460 pages of documented laboratory and management controls.

Beta Analytic’s ISO/IEC 17025:2005-accredited status boosts its reputation as a highly competent and reliable testing laboratory and makes it a prime choice not only in radiocarbon dating but also in renewable carbon testing and biobased testing. Its ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is accepted by more than 130 leading laboratory accreditation bodies around the world as well as all governmental / regulatory agencies.

Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communique

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) concur with ISO that “a laboratory’s fulfillment of the requirements of of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means the lab meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.” The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 meet the principles of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems – Requirements and are aligned with its pertinent requirements.

To request a copy of the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certificate, please e-mail us at info@betalabservices.com or call us at (1) 305-662-7760.