Here at MCS Smart Calibration we have always worked to the principles of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, to ensure that your RF and microwave equipment is calibrated to the correct degree of accuracy and in a fully competent and consistent manner.
As part of our commitment to this standard, this month sees us welcoming UKAS on site here in St Asaph to assess our calibration lab. This will hopefully lead to our official UKAS accreditation in Spring 2018 for electrical and RF calibrations.
What is UKAS accreditation?
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) is the only organisation recognised by Government to accredit calibration activities in both the private and public sectors against the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
This international standard sets out what is required of a laboratory in order for it to demonstrate the technical competence of its staff and the availability of all the technical resources needed to produce reliable data and results for a defined set of tests, measurements or calibrations.
As well as the technical requirements, the ISO/IEC 17025 standard further requires that the management systems of the laboratory in question meet the principles of ISO 9001.
ISO 9001 is a standard for quality management systems applicable to all organisations in general, regardless of their size or what product or service they provide. Because ISO 9001 only looks at management systems, certification against this standard alone is no guarantee that your chosen calibration lab has the necessary technical competence to produce valid and accurate data and results.
Although we already work to the principles of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, formal recognition by UKAS is extremely important to us as we recognise that our customers need complete assurance that their calibrations are carried out to the correct degree of accuracy.
About MCS Smart Calibration
With prices starting from as little as £33, MCS Smart Calibration is an affordable, fast and professional way to ensure your test equipment is calibrated to traceable standards. We can calibrate a wide variety of test and measurement equipment ranging from oscilloscopes and spectrum analysers to function generators and power supplies.
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