GELEEN, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions worldwide, has achieved an extension of its ISO 17025 accreditation to cover laboratory testing for volatile organic compounds (VOCs1) to support automotive industry safety and innovation.
A growing demand for safe, innovative, and lightweight materials in the automotive industry brings new and growing interest for screening and measuring VOCs emitted from automotive plastic components. To be able to prove conformity to quality and safety standards, automotive car manufacturers request accurate and robust testing conducted by an ISO 17025 accredited and competent laboratory to ensure compliance.
ISO 17025 is the industry standard that verifies a laboratory’s competence.. Intertek’s polymer testing laboratory in Geleen, Netherlands, has held a broad range of tests under this accreditation for many years. By extending this accreditation to cover VOC testing as well as some new mechanical tests, Intertek is well positioned to meet the demands of the global automotive industry. Automotive VOC testing is also offered through at Intertek’s ISO 17025 accredited US facilities in San Antonio, Texas, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Shanghai, China.
Intertek has been providing safety testing services to the automotive industry for a number of years. These cover automotive interiors, electric/hybrid vehicles, charging components, automotive telematics, and aftermarket components. Intertek’s Automotive Materials Business Consultant, Frank Huijnen said: “Key industry and business trends are focused on material innovation for safe, sustainable and lightweight materials that have low VOC emissions. Intertek has extended its ISO 17025 accreditation so we can meet the requirements of our global automotive clients helping them to ensure the safety and compliance of their materials.”
Intertek has over 20 years of experience in supporting industries that use polymer or plastic components with advanced laboratory and advisory services. Intertek polymer engineers, chemists and regulatory experts work with clients to continually enhance polymer development through advanced analytics, problem solving, pilot plant injection moulding, film extrusion and compounding pilot line facilities. With this expertise, Intertek supports the development of new and innovative polymer products for numerous applications including automotive, aerospace and consumer products.
1: Intertek have extended its ISO 17025 accreditation to cover laboratory testing for volatile organic compounds according to VDA275 and VDA278 standards. VDA stands for the German Quality Management System (QMS) of the automobile industry (Verband der Automobilindustrie, Germany). The scopes of these capabilities can be reviewed in detail on the Dutch Accreditation Council ('RvA') website reference number : L377.
Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 38,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world. Visit www.intertek.com.