MOTIVA helps technical conformity assessment bodies (labs, inspection and certification bodies) implement best practice.
- are educators
- know laboratories
- helped write ISO/IEC 17025 Download the Principles Here
- know accreditation
- know international recognition of accreditation.
Announcements (See previous announcements here)
MOTIVA has updated its website.
The changes are not very visible and only enhance the usability of the website - not its look and feel. MOTIVA has been unknowingly plagued by hackers who were modifying our site code to send users off to inappropriate sites advertising products that have nothing to do with voluntary conformity assessment.
As of today, we have a new developer, Wiser Web Solutions, who, in conjunction with Sucuri, have updated the version of the software code behind the site, cleaned off all the offending links, and now provide weekly cleaning to ensure the site stays safe to use.
MOTIVA provides key tools for the international recognition of Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB)
MOTIVA Training was used to provide the expertise needed for the nation of Bangladesh to build and implement a national accreditation system conformant to international requirements. The Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) was able to sign the APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) in January this year following three years of work that started in December 2011 under UNIDO contract. In the words of the UNIDO Technical Advisor responsible for this aspect of the UNIDO work: "...we used one of the best consultants in the world on accreditation ... to coach and train the Bangladesh Accreditation Board (BAB) for compliance with ISO/IEC 17011... and succeeded in January this year to get BAB recognized by APLAC and ILAC for the accreditation of testing laboratories.
The APLAC peer review took place in November last year and was preceded by some mock peer reviews ... to train BAB staff in being assessed themselves."
MOTIVA Training was also able to train BAB staff to be 17025 trainers. These trainers now have the necessary course and presentation materials, as well as expertise, to present the one-week basic 17025 training courses themselves to present and future trainees.
Standing Articles (See list of articles here)
We did not write 17025 as an accreditation standard. We wrote it as a laboratory QA/QC standard against which labs could establish their own competence. Accreditation against ISO/IEC 17025 is a large, but secondary outcome of that effort.
Although implementation of 17025 may not have the same impact on the advancement of science that pure R&D does, it has, over the last 14 years, established a consistency of measurement that has allowed laboratories to improve the consistency and validity of their measurements and this has assisted in the advancement of measurement techniques - therefore advancement of science.
Hard to prove? Maybe. Maybe not. Implementation of 17025 in environmental laboratories in Canada has been tracked with examination of its effect on their ability to produce technically valid results (as described in the Introduction to 17025) since 1997. Have a look at
- http://www.cala.ca/perfacred-1997.pdf or
- http://www.cala.ca/perfacred-2001.pdf or
This little video, created by longtime assessor, Mr. Greg Gogates, provides a good example of some of the absolute worst reasons to become an assessor. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcYCDswjIEM&feature=youtu.be. Good assessors will base their words and their actions only on fact verifiable by evidence. Good assesors do not have opinions. And good assessors (while they may have opinions because they can be passionate about their science) should not have such high opinions of themselves, and their own opinions.
On the other hand, enjoy another short video being used by an ILAC-signatory accreditation body to recruit assessors. It shows the best reasons why we should want to become an assessor. See the video here.
Recently, MOTIVA staff participated in a discussion on LinkedIn about how to select an accreditation body to meet the needs of the laboratory staff member asking the question. See the discussion by clicking on this link.
Besides the obvious criterion (does this AB accredit for my scope?) there may be some other issues to consider. Accreditation is only formal recognition of the laboratory's demonstrated competence and if we were to order the things that were important to the lab in terms of demonstrating technical competence, that might focus the questions to the prospective ABs during discussions with them. Remember that the AB works for lab (EU Directive in Europe notwithstanding). They are a service provider to the lab.