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SGS is proud to announce Laboratory Quality Services, International (LQSI) has received international ISO 17034:2016 accreditation for certified reference materials.

Accreditation to this standard requires reference material producers to demonstrate their competence in producing reference materials of the highest quality, provide strong statistical evidence for the certified value and have a solid management system in place.

The LQSi team has been working hard to achieve this additional ISO accreditation as a reference material producer, which adds a level of certainty and trust to the work being provided, not only for the mining industry but also for analytical suppliers and laboratories. The LQSi team is composed of a dedicated group of professionals whose mission is to provide laboratories with exceptional service in the field of proficiency testing for over 50 years.

In addition to offering the industry a ready-to-use certified reference material library, LQSi can also create company specific certified reference materials tailored to individually provided client materials.

"This accreditation is a remarkable accomplishment and a cornerstone of our North American strategic growth plan. The next stage of this initiative and our ability to produce reference materials is of enormous global significance in addition to SGS's NAM Natural Resources," said Carlos Cordoba, VP of Natural Resources, Mineral Commodities for SGS in North America.

This new ISO 17034:2016 accreditation will cover the following commodities:

  • Coal
  • Petroleum and metallurgical coke
  • Copper concentrates
  • Lead concentrates
  • Zinc concentrates
  • Fertilizer, such as MAP and DAP
  • Lithium ore
  • Biofuels – made from wood pellets

Further commodities will be added in the near future.

By achieving this accreditation, our LQSi team not only enhances its already strong proficiency testing capabilities, but also provides international mining companies and commercial laboratory groups with increased confidence in our rigorous proficiency round robin programs.

For further information, please contact:

Fulvio Martinez
SGS Head of Regional Communications North America
t: +1 281 714 6765

Zac Brown
SGS Natural Resources North America Marketing Specialist
t: +1 289 233 4135

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