SABS awarded 20-year commendation

December 7th, 2018, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize

Duke Nene

Three of the South African Bureau of Standards’ (SABS’) testing laboratories have been awarded commendations by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) for maintaining continuous accreditation status during the last 20 years.

Johan Louw, the executive responsible for the Laboratory Services Division at SABS, says SANAS, the national accreditation body which, by law, gives formal recognition to laboratories, certification and inspection bodies as well as proficiency testing scheme providers, applied the criteria as laid out in the ISO/IEC 17025 and the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) for test facilities has acknowledged that for the last 20-years SABS laboratories have proved that they are competent to carry out specific testing tasks.

The three laboratories which received the awards were: Chromatographic Services, Lighting Technologies and Explosion Prevention Technology laboratories.

The awards were received by Duke Nene, Hein Garbers and Theo Fourie of the SABS on behalf of the individual laboratories.

Theo Fourie

These laboratories provide testing services to a number of foreign-based companies, JSE-listed holding companies and domestic companies in South Africa.

ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories around the world.

ISO 17025 accredited laboratories have demonstrated that they are technically proficient and able to produce precise and accurate test and calibration data. Regulators and others rely on the competence of laboratories to deliver the results on which important decisions are made. Accreditation enhances the public confidence in those test results.

These laboratories are high volume testing facilities and play a critical support role to the companies in these sectors. These commendation are important to us as it proves that for the last 20-years we been consistently delivering credible test results and assurance to our customers and, in turn, their consumers, who see the SABS mark scheme on these products.”

Hein Garbers

Louw went on to say that the Chromatographic Services Department conducts pesticide residue analyses and that the results generated are used in pesticide registration applications for regulatory authorities both locally and abroad.

He went on to say that the Lighting Technology tests were conducted on a wide range of products such as luminaires, traffic signalling equipment, automotive lighting, road signs and retroreflective materials.

“The success of this had allowed the SABS to purchase a new apparatus that will allow the laboratory to add photobiological safety and UV radiation testing to the range of capabilities.” said Louw.

The Explosion Prevention Technology laboratory tests equipment used in hazardous on surface and underground mining sectors, as well as those used in the Petroleum Industries. Conformity testing forms a critical component of the Department of Minerals and Resources’ Inspection Authority certification process.

Contact Bjorn Buyst, SABS, Tel 082 491-9299,