NSPA–NATO Reference Laboratory (NRL) certified by US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

27 March 2013

On 11–15 March 2013 the NSPA–NRL, part of the Communication and Information Systems (CIS) Support Programme (LR), was audited by NAVSEA in order to verify that our laboratory meets the requirements of the NAVSEA 04-4734 standard.

This standard is based on ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standard Z540‑1‑1994, which is equivalent to the ISO 17025 standard for the accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories. The NAVSEA certification is compulsory for the NSPA–NRL to be able to continue providing calibration services in support of USN ships.

During the closing meeting, Mr Clayton Jedrey Jr, lead auditor, stated that the audit team was truly impressed with the quality system and with the performance of the NSPA–NRL team, and that their decision was to recommend the granting of the NAVSEA certification.

This certification will enable us to continue providing services to the USS Mount Whitney1 and additionally extend our services to other USN ships. This achievement may consequently open the door to new business opportunities in the coming years.

Moreover, the NAVSEA certification, alongside the existing ISO 17025 accreditation, provides further reason for the NSPA–NRL to be considered a center of excellence for calibration in NATO and reemphasizes NSPA’s strong reputation in metrology both at NATO level and within individual Alliance member nations.

1 The USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) is a Blue Ridge class command ship of the US Navy. Flagship of the Sixth Fleet, she is also the command and control ship for the Commander Joint Command Lisbon / Commander Striking Force NATO. She previously served for many years as flagship for Commander Second Fleet / Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic.