Accreditation renewed for NSPA – NATO Reference Laboratory

13 May 2014

The NSPA – NATO Reference Laboratory, whose central mission is to satisfy NATO and NATO-Nations' calibration requirements, has had its accreditation renewed by the Office Luxembourgeois d’Accréditation et de Surveillance (OLAS), Luxembourg Ministry of Economy.

This follows a successful Accreditation Audit carried out on 4 and 5 February 2014. The new ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation Certificate is valid until 17 March 2019 and facilitates international recognition.

The ISO/IEC 17025 (“General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”) is the highest international standard applicable to calibration and testing laboratories. It comprises the managerial requirements of the ISO 9001, of general application for NSPA, but goes further with a series of very strict and demanding personnel and technical requirements.

The renewal of its accreditation for the next five-year cycle, together with its US Navy (NAVSEA) certification, which is based upon ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards, makes the NSPA – NATO Reference Laboratory a centre of excellence in NATO.

“This certification was accomplished under very challenging conditions – both economical and organizational. Together with the lab’s excellent performance and responsiveness, this recognition is leveraging new business opportunities and contributing to NSPA’s outstanding reputation within NATO and NATO Nations,” explained Mr José F. Caballero-Gómez, Branch Chief in NSPA's Communications, Air and Missile Defence Programme. 

You can read the certificate here