he Cotton Testing Laboratory at the Technical Center of Hebei Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine Bureau (Hebei) is the latest laboratory to be certified under the ICA Bremen ‘International Laboratory Certification Scheme’.
Hebei’s laboratory manager, Ms Lian Sumei said; “We will take the certification as an opportunity to regulate our work strictly in accordance with the certification requirements, to further enhance the laboratory standard and capacity and to provide high quality services for the domestic and international cotton trade.”
They join nine other laboratories to become certified under the scheme, which has the aim of establishing an approved list of laboratories worldwide that meet a standard level of quality assurance.
ICA Bremen has developed the scheme based on ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CSITC (Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton), as well as building on the good practices of USDA and our own laboratory experience.
Open to any international cotton testing laboratory, participating laboratories must meet a level of quality assurance based on specific criteria in eight modules, including conditioning, maintenance, calibration and testing procedures.
Twelve other laboratories are currently in the process of assessment. Once certified, they will become a ‘laboratory of choice’ to resolve quality disputes in line with the ICA Bylaws & Rules, as well as providing a service to the cotton industry.