Beta’s ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Accreditation

Beta Analytic was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 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 17025:2017 accreditation as a testing laboratory. The ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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), as well as in the measurement of the stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) and Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy (CRDS).

Specific tests covered by the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation are the determination of:

(a) radiocarbon age/activity in archaeological, geological, and water samples via AMS;

(b) stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen in organic and carbonate materials via IRMS and CRDS;

(c) biobased carbon content of natural range materials for any carbon-containing solid, liquid, or gaseous materials via ASTM D6866, EN 16640, ISO 13833, ISO 16620-2 and ISO 19984-2;

(d) bio-carbon content of solid materials like solid recovered fuels (SRF) or refuse derived fuels (RDF) via ASTM D6866, BS EN ISO 21644:2021, EN 16640, ISO 13833 and ISO 16620-2.

All results are ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited. ISO/IEC 17025:2017 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 17025:2017-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 17025:2017 accreditation is accepted by more than 130 leading laboratory accreditation bodies around the world as well as all governmental / regulatory agencies.

Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique

This laboratory is accredited in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope and the operation of a laboratory quality management system (refer to joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué dated April 2017).

The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) concur with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that “a laboratory’s fulfillment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.”

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