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July 24th, 2009. Lakefield, Ontario - SGS is pleased to announce that our geochemical laboratory in Durango, Mexico has completed the on-site evaluation of the Quality Management System.  This assessment measured conformance to the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for the General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.
Ten test methods were evaluated, covering 35 elements including Fire Assay with Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) and gravimetric analysis for Gold and Silver; aqua regia digestion, strong acid digestion and peroxide fusion by Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES), 3 acid digest for Silver by AAS and titration methods for concentrates.
The evaluation procedure was an overview of the quality system including the management and technical requirements covering procedures and test method documentation, proficiency testing, training, equipment, method validation, accommodations, and traceability of reagents and supplies.
The Durango facility offers exploration sample preparation and testing, rapid analyses for high-grade materials, metallurgical process control analyses and bench-scale metallurgical testing including flotation, grinding and bottle rolls. The lab also functions as a gateway to other SGS services and submits samples to other SGS labs, some of which carry the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
Download the SGS Durango Lab Assessed to the Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 (PDF 34 KB).
SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 56,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.
For more information, contact:
Leslie Clark
Operations Manager
SGS Minerals – Durango
C. Aluminio y 2da Selenio
Cd. Industrial C.P. 34208
Durango, Durango, Mexico
t: + 52 (618) 814 3883
f: +52 (618) 814-2739
m: +52 (618) 125-1819
EmailRuss Calow
Vice President, Global Geochemistry
SGS Minerals Services
PO Box 4300, 185 Concession Street
Lakefield, ON, Canada  K0L 2H0
t: (705) 652-2018
f: (705) 652-2162
m: (705) 772-1338