» Amstel Testing Ltd on the boil with first UK accreditation for cookware testing

01 December, 2011

The first UK based accreditation for testing cookware has been granted to Amstel Testing Ltd by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). This accreditation is to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for the main cookware testing clauses (BS EN 12983-1:2000+A1:2004). Additionally, Amstel is the only UKAS accredited laboratory in the UK covering standards for: non-stick endurance/hob suitability (DD CEN/TS 12983:2005 Part 2); ovenware (BS EN 13834:2007+A1:2009); stove-top kettles (BS EN 13750:2002); and glass lid thermal shock (BS 3193:2008).

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests. Accreditation by UKAS to this standard means that Amstel Testing Ltd has been assessed and found to be compliant with these specifications. This provides confidence to manufacturers, distributors and retailers that testing is carried out competently and impartially to internationally agreed standards. UKAS accreditation also opens up overseas trade as it is recognised in over 80 economies.

Cookware testing by an accredited laboratory is important in the process of product development so that manufacturers can be confident in their product’s performance. In turn this ensures distributors, retailers and ultimately consumers can be sure the products they purchase have been appropriately tested.

Upon receiving the accreditation Tim Robbins, Quality Assurance Manager at Amstel Testing Ltd, said: “Gaining UKAS accreditation is testimony to the team’s dedicated hard work. The process rigorously examines our practices, procedures, equipment and competence by external assessors. We are currently the only laboratory in the UK accredited by UKAS for the main cookware and ovenware BS EN standards.”

Phil Clow, the Accreditation Manager from the Electrical, Physical and Thermal section at UKAS, said: “Achieving UKAS accreditation adds certainty to the methods and test results. It helps to demonstrate the consistency of each aspect of the process, from initial measurements through to the resulting data. Being able to prove these qualities is vital for maintaining customer confidence in the evaluation services.”