Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa has gained permission to independently test their batteries in-house after achieving IS17025 United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) accreditation.
The accreditation was gained by the Japan firm’s testing facility in Ebbw Vale, Wales, to deliver certification, testing, inspection and calibration services to internationally agreed assessment standards.
ISO/IEC 17025 is an internationally recognised standard to assess factors relevant to a laboratory’s ability to produce precise, accurate tests and data.
UKAS is a government-recognised organisation, and the only accreditation body in the field in the UK.
In order to gain accreditation, GS Yuasa’s laboratory had to meet specific and strict criteria, with all equipment regulated by UKAS and every employee operating in the laboratory audited. Both aspects will be monitored regularly.
Contributing attributes include the technical competence of staff, the validity and appropriateness of test methods, the suitability and maintenance of test equipment, the testing environment, sampling, handling and transportation of test items, and the quality assurance of test data.
Mike Taylor, product manager at GS Yuasa Battery Manufacturing UK said: “By having IS17025 accreditation we can manage the testing and regulating of our batteries effectively in house. This guarantees all industrial VLRA products going out the door are measured to the utmost standard
“We are extremely proud to have gained this highly respected accreditation. UKAS are a top organisation recognised for their excellent testing standards worldwide.”