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25 Years of UKAS

21 Sep 2007

Sheffield Analytical Services, a division of the Sheffield Assay Office, has been awarded a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certificate this month, for the 25th year running, making it the longest established, UKAS accredited Assay Laboratory in Britain.

Precious metals have been analysed at the Sheffield Assay Office for well over 200 years and the business has gradually diversified to offer its services to a global market.

Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson said, "Amid all the recent scares concerning potentially dangerous metal content in toys manufactured in developing countries, more and more businesses are turning to our independent and confidential service to verify metal content before importing their products to the UK."

"We have to work hard to meet the exacting standards laid down by UKAS and are tested every year. I would like to congratulate the hard working team that runs our laboratory and express my pride in an unblemished track record that now dates back a quarter of a century," concluded Ashley.

UKAS is the sole accreditation body recognised by the government to assess against internationally recognised standards and there are 1,500 accredited testing laboratories in the UK. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and sustainable performance of evaluators such as Sheffield Analytical Services.

Sheffield Analytical Services was one of the first ever laboratories to be given UKAS accreditation. It currently tests precious metals; metals used in medical research and provides independent assays for bullion companies. It also analyses minerals, soil and offers other analytical services for the environment.

Its Mercury Screening Service for Dental staff, and for those who work with Mercury in an industrial environment has become highly respected across the
UK.

It is also a leading authority in testing to comply with the EC Nickel Directive for jewellery and fashion accessories.

The team pictured were all involved in the original accreditation, 25 years ago with the exception of David Beresford who started two years later! Left to right: Dave Jarvis, Fiona Hudson, David Beresford, Ashley Carson and Alison Woodhouse.

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