Newsletter #24




Quality: ISO17025:2017-accreditation for Primoris

All Primoris laboratories have been granted the new accreditation norm 17025:2017 at the end of March, which follows the previous ISO 17025:2005 norm. As a result of flawless teamwork between all departments and all laboratories, we have successfully made the transition to the new 17025:2017 norm, well before the deadline.

Routine laboratories must meet the quality requirements that are described in this EN-ISO 17025:2017 norm ‘General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories’. In Belgium this accreditation is granted by BELAC. Primoris is multisite accredited for the analysis of pesticides, contaminants, GMO and virology in food and feed, for which it received the 057-test certificate with this accreditation scope. The following laboratories are accredited: Primoris Belgium, Primoris Bulgaria, Primoris Colombia and Primoris Costa Rica.

Because of the multilateral and bilateral agreements within the EA (European co-operation for Accreditation) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation), the nationally granted accreditations are recognised globally as equivalent by all participating accreditation organisations (such as BELAC, COFRAC, RvA, UKAS, DAP, IPAC, TURKAK,…).

Overview proficiency tests spring 2020

Proficiency tests, independent controls of a laboratory’s analysis quality, are part of Primoris’ everyday operation. The past months Primoris participated in the following proficiency tests:

  • EURL-FV: pesticides in rice
  • FAPAS: contaminants in palm oil
  • EURL-FV: pesticides in onion puree
  • FAPAS: ergot alkaloids in wheat flour
  • FAPAS-CORESTA: pesticides in tobacco