Quality

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AXYS Analytical Services Ltd.
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AXYS Analytical Services is committed to providing you with analytical results exceed your standards for consistency, accuracy and defensibility. This is achieved through our rigorous Quality System that includes documented policies and procedures relating to all aspects of our operation, from a clear understanding of your project requirements, to the delivery and support of data reports best suited to your needs.

AXYS Analytical Quality Policy

Our sole objective is to provide analytical results that meet established standards for consistency, accuracy, defensibility and fitness for purpose, providing the best possible value to our clients. Our commitment to clients is professional, confidential, honest and forthright service, adhering to the highest levels of business ethics.

Consistently high standards are achieved through the diligent application of a Quality System that documents the approved standard for each operation performed by qualified AXYS chemists and personnel. The Quality Program ensures:

  • Your samples’ integrity from time of our receipt to your acceptance of the final data
  • Your samples are analyzed using our validated test methods on properly maintained and calibrated instruments
  • Your data has been characterized, quantified, validated and checked to our high quality standards.

All samples are analyzed in batches containing quality control (QC) samples. The results of batch QC samples are used to assess the sample data quality and are routinely provided to clients with sample results.

Our key quality policies meet or exceed ISO 17025 standards. The analytical processes that AXYS employ are audited internally and externally on a frequent basis by multiple accrediting bodies and clients. In addition, all processes are continually reviewed by our management team to ensure we adhere to and improve upon the Quality System.

About ISO 17025

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories” is an international standard that specifies the management and technical requirements for competence to perform test measurements and calibrations. Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), it is applied to organizations that want to assure their clients of the accuracy, repeatability, and traceability of their test measurements or calibrations. Regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies may use the ISO 17025 standard in confirming the competence of laboratories to perform specific tests.

Scope of Accreditations

Independent accreditation is formal recognition that a lab is competent in performing specific tests on different matrices. Accreditation is only awarded to a laboratory after they have demonstrated their competency and compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. To maintain their accreditation, laboratories must regularly demonstrate their continued competency through proficiency testing and full assessments by accreditation bodies.

AXYS Analytical maintains a scope of accreditations from the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) (Lab ID A2637), in Canada and the following NELAP and US state accreditation programs:

As part of our requirement for maintaining primary accreditation, CALA, the New York State Department of Health, and the Florida Department of Health conduct comprehensive laboratory audits bi-annually to monitor our compliance with both program specific and ISO17025 quality system requirements.

Performance Evaluation Information

Performance Evaluation (PE) studies, also known as Proficiency Testing (PT), and Interlaboratory Comparison studies are tools used by laboratories to determine their testing performance through analysis of samples containing specified material. The laboratory analyzes the samples and provides the results to the study organizer. The final report will show how close each laboratory’s results were to the “accepted” concentration. Results from the studies are used to assess a laboratory's ability to conduct analysis and produce meaningful and reliable environmental data.

AXYS has an active program of participation in national and international PE studies and interlaboratory comparison studies to assess and demonstrate our data accuracy. Our participation and performance in these studies demonstrates our dedication to continuous analytical leadership and analytical improvement. Upon request, we will provide a list of these studies to our clients.

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