Laboratory Accreditation

 Laboratory accreditation is a process by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition of technical competence for specific tests/ measurements, based on third party assessment and following international standard.

  1. Laboratory Accreditation
    Laboratory accreditation is a process by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition of technical competence for specific tests/ measurements, based on third party assessment and following international standard. In the current global scenario an essential pre-requisite of trade is that any product or service accepted formally in one economy must also be free to circulate in other economies without having to undergo extensive re-testing. WTO recognizes that non acceptance of test results and measurement data is a Technical Barrier to Trade. Global sourcing of components calls for equivalence of measurement, which can be facilitated by a chain of accredited calibration laboratories. Accreditation is considered as the first essential step for facilitating mutual acceptance of test results and measurement data. Confidence in accreditation is obtained by a transparent system of control over the accredited laboratories and an assurance given by the accreditation body that the accredited laboratory fulfills the accreditation criteria, at all times. Accredited laboratories can objectively state conformance of product or service to specified requirements. It is important for the purchaser, regulator, government, and the public to be able to identify accredited testing and calibration laboratories.
    Objectives
    KENAS testing and calibration has been established with the objective to provide laboratories in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories to carry out specific testing, measurements and calibrations. Government of Kenya has authorized KENAS as the sole accreditation body for Testing and Calibration laboratories.
    Laboratory Accreditation
    The globalization of the Kenyan economy and the liberalization policies initiated by the Government in reducing trade barriers and providing greater thrust to exports makes it imperative for Accredited Laboratories to be at international level of competence.
    For Accreditation, the laboratories should be legally identifiable & appropriately registered. They can be a part of a big organization or an independent entity. KENAS can provide accreditation to:

    • Laboratories undertaking any sort of testing or calibration in the specified fields.
    • Private or government laboratories.
    • Small operations to large multi-field laboratories.
    • Site facilities, temporary field operations and mobile laboratories.

    Classification of the Testing Laboratories has been done on the basis of basic fields of testing. The laboratories doing inter-disciplinary testing of products, for e.g. textiles, plastics, building materials, metallurgical products, shall have to apply in relevant field(s) separately depending upon to which field(s) the test(s) belongs.
    The accreditation granted to a laboratory shall remain valid for a period of 3 years subject to satisfactory periodical (annual) surveillance. Laboratory also has an option to increase the scope of accreditation in terms of specific tests and calibrations. KENAS has established policies and procedures for granting, suspending and withdrawal of accreditation of accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011
    Directory of KENAS Accredited Laboratories is published at regular interval, which contains laboratories’ contact details and information on their Scope of Accreditation.

  2. Benefits of Accreditation
    Formal recognition of competence of a laboratory by an Accreditation body in accordance with international criteria has many advantages:

    • Increased confidence in Testing/ Calibration Reports issued by the laboratory.
    • Better control of laboratory operations and feedback to laboratories as to whether they have sound Quality Assurance System and are technically competent.
    • Potential increase in business due to enhanced customer confidence and satisfaction.
    • Customers can search and identify the laboratories accredited by KENAS for their specific requirements from the KENAS Web-site or Directory of Accredited Laboratories.
    •  Users of accredited laboratories enjoy greater access for their products, in both domestic and international markets.
    • Savings in terms of time and money due to reduction or elimination of the need for re-testing of products.
  3. SCOPE OF KENAS ACCREDITATION- TESTING AND CALIBRATION
    TESTING LABORATORIES

    1. Biological
    2. Chemical
    3. Electrical
    4. Electronics
    5. Fluid-Flow
    6. Mechanical
    7. Non-Destructive
    8. Photometry
    9. Radiological
    10. Thermal
  4. TESTING LABORATORIES CATEGORIES
    Biological
    Microbiological laboratory
    Biosafety laboratories
    Hydro-biological laboratories
    Food & agricultural products
    Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
    Water
    Pollution & environment
    Biocides
    Cosmetics & essential oils
    Industrial cultures
    Seed Testing
    Plants and Plant Materials for Presence of Disease
    Molecular Biology
    GMO Testing
    Cell Culture
    Resistance to Microbial Attack
    Toxicology
    Identification of Bacterial and Viral Pathogens in Food items
    Residue Analysis
    Biopesticide and Biofertilizer
    Probiotics and Nutritional supplements
    Biological Tests on other miscellaneous test items
    Chemical
    Water testing laboratories
    Petroleum and petrochemical testing laboratories
    Food testing laboratories
    Agricultural products and inputs testing laboratories
    Chemical testing laboratories
    Sugar testing laboratories
    Adhesives & sealants
    Air, gases & atmosphere
    Biocides
    Building Materials
    Coal, Coke & other solid fuels
    Cosmetics & essential oils
    Drugs & Pharmaceuticals
    Explosives & pyrotechnics
    Fertilizers
    Industrial & fine chemicals
    Inks, dyes & pigments
    Leather & Leather Products
    Food & agricultural products
    Lac & Lac products
    Metallic coatings & treatment solutions
    Metals & alloys
    Oils & lubricants
    Ores & Minerals
    Organic chemicals
    Paints & surface coatings
    Petroleum products
    Plastics & plastic products
    Pollution & effluents
    Pulp & Paper
    Residues in water & food Products
    Rubber & rubber products
    Soaps & detergents
    Textile & related products
    Water
    Miscellaneous
    Electrical
    Cables & wires
    Capacitors
    Cells & batteries
    Conductors & conducting materials
    Domestic electrical appliances
    Electrical indicating & recording instruments
    EMI/EMC test facility
    Environmental test facility
    High voltage test facility
    Inductors & transformers
    Insulating materials & insulators
    Lamps, luminaries & accessories
    Magnetic materials
    Power supplies & stabilizers
    Resistors, resistance boxes & potential dividers
    Power system protective relays
    Short circuit test facility
    Switch gear & protective equipment
    Transmission line equipment & accessories
    Wiring accessories
    Miscellaneous
    Electronics
    Acoustic equipment
    Computers & accessories
    Domestic electronic appliances & accessories
    Power supplies & stabilizers
    Electronic components & equipment
    Digitized frequency & time measuring instruments
    EMI/EMC test facility
    Environmental test facility
    Miscellaneous
    Fluid-Flow
    Air & gases
    Liquids
    Miscellaneous
    Mechanical
    Automotive components
    Building Materials
    Leather & Leather products
    Metal & metal products
    Paper & paper products
    Plastics & plastic products
    Rubber & rubber products
    Textiles & related products
    Miscellaneous
    Non-Destructive Testing
    Metals and Alloys
    Eddy current testing
    Emerging areas testing
    Leak testing
    Magnetic particle testing
    Penetrant testing
    Radiography testing
    Ultrasonic testing
    Underwater testing
    Miscellaneous
    Building Materials – Reinforced Concrete Structures
    Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Tests
    Rebound Hammer Test
    Cover Meter Test
    Half Cell Potential difference test
    Carbonation test
    Deflection measurement data (Load Test)
    Crack width measurement in reinforcement concrete structures
    Photometry
    Lamps, Luminaries & accessories
    Miscellaneous
    Radiological
    Radiation monitors
    Radiation sources
    Radiological/Nucleonic equipment
    Miscellaneous
    Thermal
    Forensic
    Chemistry
    Toxicology
    Biology
    Serology
    Explosives
    Physics
    Ballistics
    Questioned Documents
    DNA Finger Printing
    Forensic Psychology
    Fingerprints
    Narcotics
    Forensic Electronics
    Crime Scene Investigation
    Fluid flow
    Flow measurement
    Flow measuring devices
    Miscellaneous
    Thermal & Optical
    Fibre optics
    Infrared radiation
    Specific heat & Humidity
    Optical
    Temperature
    Miscellaneous
    Radiological
    Radiological measurements
    Non-Destructive Testing
    Metals and Alloys
    Eddy current testing
    Emerging areas testing
    Leak testing
    Magnetic particle testing
    Penetrant testing
    Radiography testing
    Ultrasonic testing
    Underwater testing
    Miscellaneous Building Materials – Reinforced Concrete Structures
    Ultrasonic Pulse Velocity Tests
    Rebound Hammer Test
    Cover Meter Test
    Half Cell Potential difference test
    Carbonation test
    Deflection measurement data (Load Test)
    Crack width measurement in reinforcement concrete structures
    Photometry
    Lamps, Luminaries & accessories
    Miscellaneous
    Radiological
    Radiation monitors
    Radiation sources
    Radiological/Nucleonic equipment
  5. CALIBRATION LABORATORIES CATEGORIES
    Electro-Technical
    Alternating Current
    Direct Current
    Electrical equipment
    High frequency
    Low frequency
    Magnetics
    Microwave
    Time & frequency
    Miscellaneous
    Mechanical
    Acceleration & Speed
    Acoustics
    Density
    Force
    Dimension
    Hardness
    Mass
    Measuring instruments
    Precision instruments
    Pressure & Vacuum
    Surface topography
    Torque
    Volume
    Viscosity
    Miscellaneous