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BOC is first gases company in U.S. to achieve ISO 17025 accreditation

BOC Gases : 05 May, 2003  (Company News)
BOC has received accreditation for the international standard ISO 17025 for environmental and NIST traceable gas mixtures at its Royal Oak, Michigan facility.
The accreditation from The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation is the first for any special gases company in the U.S. It formally recognizes BOC
'This accreditation marks a milestone event for BOCís U.S. operations,' says John Long, national quality manager for BOC special products. 'This ISO 17025 accreditation is a first in our industry, and validates our procedures for environmental and NIST traceable gas mixtures. Ultimately, this accreditation will translate into a lower total cost of ownership for our customers.'

The ISO 17025 standard is highly valued by the industries BOC serves, particularly the automotive industry. BOC has a long-standing relationship with many of the U.S. automotive manufacturers who have for some time indicated their preference for the ISO 17025 accreditation, and its applicability for their emission testing requirements. BOCís accreditation will reduce their audit frequency, and ensure BOCís conformance to a recognized standard in the production of gas products for emission testing applications. At least two additional accreditations for other BOC production facilities are scheduled for completion before the end of 2003.

A2LA, established in 1978, is a non-profit, public service, membership society endorsed by multiple federal and state agencies as well as private sector parties for their programs of assessment, verification and formal recognition of competent calibration and testing laboratories. Additionally, A2LA holds several mutual recognition arrangements with laboratory accreditation systems within the United States and around the globe. Consequently, BOCís ISO 17025 accreditation is recognized by more than twenty-eight economies worldwide.

In order to achieve accreditation, BOC was required to demonstrate to A2LA its technical competence in performing specific analytical testing of environmental and NIST traceable gas mixtures. BOC also was required to evidence a program for the maintenance and operation of a quality system that addresses and conforms to all elements of the international standard.
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