Covance Receives ISO Accreditation for North America Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety Laboratory
— Madison laboratory recognized for meeting highest international regulatory, safety standards —
MADISON, WI, September 11, 2009 — Covance Inc. today announced that it has received International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025 accreditation for its Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. Granted by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), ISO accreditation confirms compliance with the AOAC Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food and Pharmaceuticals.
"ISO accreditation confirms Covance's commitment to providing our global clients and the food industry with the highest level of quality data," said Marlo Vasquez, vice president and general manager, Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety, Covance. "As the industry leader in nutritional chemistry and food safety, Covance is dedicated to continuous improvement to meet our clients' need for scientific integrity and collaboration."
ISO standards provide practical tools for generating confidence, reducing uncertainty, and managing risk. ISO 17025 specifies the general competence requirements for testing laboratories to carry out tests and sampling. Competence requirements include testing performed using standard and/or non-standard methods and laboratory-developed methods.
Food manufacturers around the world request ISO 17025 accreditation of laboratory service providers to ensure quality practices. Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities, and accreditation bodies use ISO 17025 to confirm laboratory competence.
ISO 17025 accreditation follows a variety of other awards recognizing the accuracy and proficiency of Covance's Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety laboratory, including two 2008 American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC) Accuracy Awards and several proficiency certificates from both the AACC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Covance's Singapore laboratory received ISO 17025 accreditation in 2008.
With more than 70 years of experience in nutritional testing, Covance plays a leading role in the design of testing programs required to meet regulatory nutrition facts labeling requirements, regulatory mandates and scientific standards. Covance offers expertise in the complete spectrum of recognized nutrients and an unparalleled range of sample matrices.