ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” is an international standard, used to confirm or recognize the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. It applies to all organizations performing tests and/or calibrations, including first, second and third-party laboratories. The standard specifies general requirements for the competence, impartiality and consistent operation of laboratories. It looks at all of the requirements that testing organizations have to meet to prove that they operate a quality system; are technically competent; and can generate technically valid results.
For more information, see the ISO brochure [PDF] on the standard.
Mattest operates independently accredited laboratoratories for construction materials testing quality services in Belfast, Dublin and Cork. The company has also had accredited temporary site-based laboratories set up on major civil engineering and road projects across Ireland.
Due to its cross-border structure, Mattest holds accreditation from two national accreditation bodies:
All laboratories are third party accredited, which confirms independence and compliance to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. As a result of this accreditation, Mattest's customers are assured that every aspect of testing is being independently carried out in strict accordance with the relevant standards and that equipment is frequently calibrated and checked for accuracy. Most importantly, the laboratories are being continually assessed and monitored by an independent third party.
A new third edition of the standard was published in November 2017. It has been agreed that a 3-year transition period (from date of publication) will be allowed for accredited laboratories to make appropriate changes and transition to this new edition. Accreditations to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 will cease to be valid from 30 November 2020.
ISO and ILAC have issued a joint communiqué [PDF] to demonstrate that both versions of the standard remain valid during the three-year transition process.
With regard to ISO 9001 management systems, the following joint ISO-ILAC-IAF communiqué [PDF] applies:
“A laboratory's fulfillment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations. The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17025 are written in language relevant to laboratory operations and operate generally in accordance with the principles of ISO 9001.”
Friday, 6 April 2018
The Mattest Dublin laboratory has been contracted by the construction contractor BAM Building to provide the materials testing contract for the new Boland’s Quay commercial hub in Dublin.
Friday, 9 March 2018
Mattest Belfast have been awarded the materials testing contract with Woodvale Construction, on the development of the new school. The project is planned to be completed by June 2021.
Monday, 4 December 2017
Mattest Belfast have been selected to carry out all the materials testing of the redevelopment project to construct a new maternity unit on the Royal Victoria Hospital complex.
Monday, 4 December 2017
Mattest Dublin completed testing for a number of contractors engaged in the construction of the Dublin Waste to Energy facility.
Friday, 1 December 2017
Mattest Belfast have been awarded the contract for all of the materials testing for the A6 dualling project, Randalstown (M22) to Castledawson.