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New SANAS accreditation for Chemtech

Omnia's Chemtech laboratory has yet again upped its quality accreditation where it is now easily the leading laboratory of its kind in Southern Africa. We are all justifiably proud of the top class standard that our laboratory has been able to achieve. This accreditation should give our customers considerable comfort that we have the ability to check on our suppliers and ensure that we obtain the raw material quality that we have purchased.

What is the SANAS accreditation?

In order to remain a significant player in a local and global trading environment, it has become crucial for companies to, amongst others, utilise laboratories of high international standard in order to support and validate the production of exceptional quality products. The existence of any modern testing laboratory is therefore primarily justified by its ability to continuously produce accurate, trustworthy and global validated results. The ISO/IEC 17025 standard has subsequently been developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in order to set a worldwide acceptable benchmark for laboratories.

Understanding the necessity for validated results and global recognition of their analyses, Chemtech started the journey in November 2010 with the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of the methods for the determination of Potentially Harmful Elements (PHE) in Fertilizer. The accredited analyses of PHE in fertilizer made Chemtech QC the first agricultural laboratory in South Africa to achieve this. Chemtech Agri also received accreditation for Cation analyses in soil and OmniBio™ for counting free-living and plant-parasitic Nematodes from soil.

Soon the benefit of accredited analyses showed, and the hard work towards the accreditation of the analyses of macro and micro nutrients in fertilizer paid off in November 2012. SANAS auditors granted their stamp of approval for the accreditation of Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potassium (K), Zinc (Zn), Sulphur (S), Calcium (Ca), Iron (Fe), Aluminium (Al), and pH analyses in fertilizer. Here, Chemtech QC was the pioneers again, being the first agricultural laboratory in South Africa to achieve this. Numerous of our GLOBALG.A.P. customers have since experienced the benefit of having accredited fertiliser and PHE analyses on hand when audited.

During November this year, Chemtech QC has once again demonstrated its commitment to quality analytical services by hosting SANAS auditors for three days, this time for the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for all environmental, process and irrigation water analyses. Chemtech was accredited for all 21 water methods.

The brand new Chemtech SANAS ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation certificate is on hand for Omnia's customers to underline our commitment to Nutriology®.

Summarised, Chemtech has ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for the analyses of:

  • Potentially Harmful Elements in Fertilizer (As, Cd, Pb, Hg, Ni, Se, Cr)
  • Cations in soil (Ca, Mg, K, Na)
  • Counting of free-living and plant-parasite nematodes from soil and plant roots
  • Macro and Micro nutrients in Fertilizer (N, P, K, Zn, Ca, Al, Fe, pH)
  • Environmental, Process and Irrigation Water (Fe, Cu, Zn, P, Mn, Mo, K, Ca, Mg, NH4-N, NO3-N, Na, Cl, F, B, PO4, SO4, pH, EC, Al and Si.