Pennsylvania Accreditation Centre
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PAC’s Top Management is committed to deliver a high-level accreditation service that goes beyond our customers’ and stakeholders’ expectations. 
Driven by PAC belief in the integral implementation of quality, PAC management shall ensure that PAC Quality Manual is accessible, implemented and maintained at all levels of its organization.
ISO/IEC 17025:2017, published on November 2017, specifies the general requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories. It replaces ISO/IEC 17025:2005. On December 2017, the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) published a resolution ILAC Resolution GA 20.15 on the transition period for the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017. where ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 will be mandatory three years after its publication, that is to say, from November, 2020. From this date, accreditation according to ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 will be no longer valid.
Reference to accreditation is expressed through various types of action and material means adopted by the accredited body to promote and claim accreditation status. This covers: -Written and verbal communications in various communication media. -Accreditation claims on reports and certificates issued by accredited bodies; -Accreditation claims on stationary paper and on other types of publicity and advertising material.
The purpose of this document is to define the procedures and provisions for cross-frontier accreditation and cooperation with accreditation body’s that are signatories to MLA/MRA/BLA agreements of AFRAC, ARAC, EA, IAF and ILAC.
PAC accreditation activities is structured, managed and undertaken so as to safeguard impartiality - Impartiality requires that all decisions related to accreditation are fair and applied consistently for all applicants and accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies.
A regular independent assessment of the technical performance of a laboratory is necessary to assure the validity of measurements or tests and should be part of an overall quality strategy. A common approach to this independent assessment is the use of independent Proficiency Testing (PT) schemes. Proficiency testing is a tool to demonstrate laboratory competence and to assist in maintaining the quality of the laboratory performance
Metrological Traceability is the property of the result of a measurement or the value of a standard whereby it can be related to stated references, usually national or International standards, through an unbroken chain of comparisons all having stated uncertainties. This is required for testing, calibration, medical testing and inspection results.