What is ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation?
ISO 17025 is an international standard containing general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. It is fundamentally a system designed to ensure repeatability and quality of services provided by laboratories. We were awarded our ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation in 2016 by the certified accreditation body (CAB) Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA Acreditation # 87144). CAIS was successfully reaccredited under ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard in March 2020.
CAIS Quality Policy:
1. Provide testing services meeting or exceeding our client’s expectations.
2. Ensure that our personnel are competent at the tasks they perform and that they are familiar with the lab’s quality management system.
3. We will establish, maintain, adhere to, and continually improve our quality management system such that it is compliant with ISO 17025 for the purpose of achieving the highest level of quality possible.
CAIS is the largest geochemistry/radiocarbon AMS dating lab to receive this accreditation. We are currently accredited for Radiocarbon and Stable Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry of Biological and Chemical Materials, specifically: radiocarbon (14C) content in carbon-containing samples by accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) and liquid scintillation counting (LSC), stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen by isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS), and biobased carbon content of solid and liquid materials using the standard method ASTM D6866.