Beta Analytic, a leading provider of radiocarbon dating services, was awarded the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA Testing #59423), for its laboratory in Miami, Florida. The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is the highest level of recognized quality any testing or calibration laboratory can attain.
Beta Analytic's Miami lab has demonstrated technical competence in the measurement of natural levels of radiocarbon by Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) and Liquid Scintillation Counting (LSC), as well as in the measurement of the stable isotope ratios of carbon, deuterium, nitrogen, and oxygen by Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS).
Specific tests covered by the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation are the determination of:
(a) radiocarbon age/activity in archaeological, geological, and water samples via AMS or LSC;
(b) stable isotope ratios of carbon, deuterium, nitrogen, and oxygen in organic and carbonate materials and water via IRMS;
(c) bio-based carbon content of natural range materials for any carbon-containing solid, liquid, or gaseous materials via ASTM D6866, CEN/TS 16137, CEN/TS 16640, ISO 13833, and ISO 16620;
(d) bio-based carbon content of solid recovered fuels (SRF) or refuse derived fuels (RDF) via ASTM D6866, CEN/TS 16137, CEN/TS 16640, EN 15440, ISO 13833, and ISO 16620;
(e) bio-carbon content of SRF and RDF via CEN/TS 16640 and EN 15440
Beta Analytic's ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation bolsters its reputation as a highly competent and reliable testing laboratory and makes it a prime choice not only in radiocarbon dating but also in renewable carbon testing and bio-based testing.
The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation is the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. Only those facilities that have complied with the standard's management and technical requirements are given the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation.
An ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation means the laboratory has a high quality management system that is well documented and has demonstrated technical competence. Only laboratories with qualified staff and reliable methodologies and equipment are granted an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation.
The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) concur with ISO that “a laboratory’s fulfilment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means the lab meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.” The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 meet the principles of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems – Requirements and are aligned with its pertinent requirements.