RSK’s combined geotechnical-chemical laboratory just outside Basra has achieved accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the international standard for competence of testing laboratories.
The ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation, which was awarded by the Gulf Cooperation Council Accreditation Centre, an accredited body of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) in March 2015, specifies the general requirements required for a laboratory to be recognised as competent to international standards to collect samples and carry out tests using standard, non-standard and laboratory-developed methods.
The laboratory has been operational since May 2014 and works for multinational oil and gas companies and leading international consultants that previously relied on expensive and time-consuming movement of samples to laboratories outside the country.
Gary Emms, geotechnical laboratory manager in Iraq, explained:
“All our management staff are taken from our UK laboratories and have many years’ experience of running high-volume, quality-driven laboratories in a market where reliability and flexibility are the keys to success.
"We follow rigorous quality control processes to ensure the integrity of our analytical results and clients’ needs entirely dictate our competitive turnaround times. For priority requests, almost anything is possible.”
RSK is a fully integrated, environmental, health, safety and engineering services company employing over 1000 staff worldwide, and turnover in excess of $105 million (122 billion Iraqi dinars).