SiREM has received accreditation in accordance with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17025:2017, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.
ISO 17025:2017 is a quality management system for validating laboratory testing methods. To confirm test results are consistent with those from other qualified labs, ISO 17025:2017 encompasses standard operating procedures, staff training, instrument calibration, documentation, data management, reporting practices, and interlaboratory studies. It also requires labs to implement management structure and policies to ensure accountability, impartiality, client confidentiality, and continuous improvement. The accreditation process includes internal audits and on-site external audits by a third-party agency.
SiREM worked closely with International Management Systems Marketing and Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation to ensure compliance with the ISO 17025:2017 standard, and PJLA granted SiREM accreditation on May 23, 2023. The scope of the accreditation is for Gene-Trac® quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) testing for microorganisms in ground water and other environmental media, and for Gene-Trac® quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) testing for SARS CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID -19) in wastewater. SiREM has accreditation for both our Guelph, Ontario, and Knoxville, Tennessee, locations. In addition to SiREM’s longstanding commitment to and practice of providing the highest quality data, obtaining accreditation to the ISO 17025:2017 standard provides additional assurance that SiREM’s accredited tests comply with internationally recognized standards.