Benefits of Having a Scale & Balance Calibration & Repair Company in Maryland & Virginia

Finding a trustworthy and reliable calibration and repair company in Maryland & Virginia for the biotechnology and manufacturing industry can be hard to come by. The different regulatory organizations/institutes such as the FDA-USP, GLP, CLEA, ASTM, NIST, SQF and BRC set strict guidelines that must be carefully followed in all calibration and repair procedures. Using an ISO 9001:2008 and/or ISO 17025:2005 accredited supplier will guarantee that all of your scales, balances, and pipettes are calibrated and repaired to the specific standards set forth by your regulatory organization/institute.

What is ISO & how can I ensure it meets my regulatory requirements?
ISO or the International Organization of Standards is a non-governmental organization that represents the international standards of nearly 162 countries worldwide (ISO). The standards developed by ISO are derived from experts within each industry to ensure that all standards meet the requirements needed.

What is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2005?
ISO 9001:2008– “sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard in the family that can be certified to (although this is not a requirement).” (ISO)

ISO 17025:2005– “specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling. It covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods”  (ISO)

The advantage of an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2005 accredited calibration and repair supplier

  1. Understands the industry-Having an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2005 accredited vendor indicates that your supplier understands and supports industry recognized standards
  2. Assurance– All ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2005 accredited suppliers are subject to ongoing compliance surveillance by the ISO register. This means that the supplier is required to be up to date with all new standards enforced within each industry they work in.
  3. Quality– All suppliers accredited by ISO have made and continue to make a significant investment in resources to achieve the ISO recognition.

Regulatory Organizations/ Institutes defined
FDA-USP: Food and Drug Administration-U.S. Pharmacopeia
GLP: Good laboratory practice
CLEA: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment
ASTM: American Society for Testing and Material
NIST: National Institute of Standards and Technology
SQF: Safe Quality Food Institute
BRC: British Retail Consortium

Works Cited
ISO. (n.d.). About ISO. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from ISO: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/about.htm
ISO. (n.d.). ISO 9000 – Quality managment . Retrieved June 15, 2014, from ISO: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/standards/management-standards/iso_9000.htm
ISO. (n.d.). ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from ISO: http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=39883