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Sheffield Assay Office Celebrate 30 Years UKAS Accreditation (0012)

13 Jun 2012

Sheffield Analytical Services, a division of the Sheffield Assay Office, has been awarded a United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) certificate for the 30th year running, making it the longest established UKAS accredited Assay Laboratory in Britain.

Precious metals have been analysed at the Sheffield Assay Office for almost 240 years and the business has gradually diversified to offer its services to a wide range of industries on a global scale.

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 performance of laboratories such as Sheffield Analytical Services.

Sheffield Analytical Services was one of the first ever laboratories to be given UKAS accreditation (0012). This certification was initially gained for our precious metals analysis services. The laboratory has since used this expertise to diversify into many other areas and now test, not only precious metals, but metals used in medical research as well as providing independent assays for bullion companies. In addition, they also analyse minerals, healthcare products and offer a variety of 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.

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

Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson said, "We have to work hard to meet the exacting standards laid down by UKAS and are tested every year. The ongoing dedication of the analytical team, along with the accreditation, has helped us to become recognised as one of the leading test houses in the country.  I would like to congratulate the team for their hard-work and express my pride in an unblemished track record that now dates back well over a quarter of a century."

 

 

 

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