Inspection Body of Minerals Services Remains Strong With New Accreditation
The inspection body of the Minerals Services Division of SGS Philippines, Inc. achieved ISO/IEC 17020:2012 accreditation from the Philippine Accreditation Bureau. The said accreditation is valid until October 2019, subject to the Body’s continuing conformity with the criteria and PAB conditions for accreditation.
ISO/IEC 17020 is an International Standard, prepared by the ISO Committee on conformity assessment, to promote “confidence in bodies performing inspection.” ISO/IEC 17020:2012 is the second version of the standard, replacing ISO/IEC 17020:1998. It details requirements that will establish competence of inspection bodies and promote “impartiality and consistency in their inspection activities.”
To become ISO/IEC 17020:2012 accredited, the team took the following crucial actions:
- Analyzed gaps in terms of documentation and resources against ISO 17020 standard
- Identified action steps to address the identified gaps
- Underwent relevant training
- Aligned existing documentation to comply with ISO 17020 requirements; three standards – ISO 9001, ISO 17025, and ISO 17020 – were integrated in the Management System Manual
- Conducted an internal audit and management review
VALUE OF ACCREDITATION
Obtaining this accreditation is one of the initiatives toward continual improvement of the Division’s inspection operations.
“There’s a saying that goes, ‘The fruit of your labor is sweet.’ This saying became true for the Mineral Services Division the moment we gained ISO 17020 accreditation. All the hardships that we went through to achieve this accreditation paid off as, in return, our customers value us better. The whole team also started to work in harmony, with consistency, and geared toward providing high quality service. This accreditation is a testament that ‘SGS stands for quality,’” said Nelson Calpo, Business Manager of Minerals Services in SGS Philippines.
The inspection body plans to expand the scope of the accreditation and to develop new services to fully address client requirements.
For more information, please contact:
Nelson C. Calpo
Business Manager for Minerals Services
SGS Philippines, Inc.
t: +63 2 784 9400 local 306
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