Bio-Rad Quality Control Testing Laboratory for Food and Water Safety Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation

Date: 
08/19/2020

HERCULES, Calif. — Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb), a global leader of life science research and clinical diagnostic products, today announced that its food and water safety quality control laboratory in Steenvoorde, France, has obtained ISO 17025 accreditation following an audit of the lab's quality management system by the French Accreditation Committee (Cofrac). Cofrac Inspection accreditation, n ° 1-6642, list of locations and scope available at www.cofrac.fr.

ISO 17025 accreditation recognizes that the controls used in batch release for water and food microbiology testing performed in the laboratory are uniform, so downstream laboratories can reduce their testing and controls and still ensure food and water safety. If a laboratory is not accredited, the downstream lab must strictly monitor its products and services to ensure they are performing as anticipated.

“Testing requirements for food and water continue to increase, so it is critical that we deliver products under accreditation to our customers so they can have confidence in our product quality,” said Jean-Michel Plancq, Quality Manager, Bio-Rad. “We are pleased that we met the requirements during [our] initial accreditation audit with little deviation from our normal protocols.”

The accreditation process uses the internationally accepted ISO 17025:2017 standard for testing and calibration laboratories. Certificates of analysis that report the quality of products are accepted anywhere without the need for further testing. As a result, the standard can streamline cooperation among manufacturers, regulatory entities, and accreditation organizations to offer customers confidence that the manufacturer provides conformity in testing via the validation of their controls by independent experts.

For more information on the complete range of Bio-Rad food safety and water testing products, please visit bio-rad.com/foodscienceFor more information on the complete range of Bio-Rad food safety and water testing products, please visit bio-rad.com/foodscience.

About Bio-Rad

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: BIO and BIOb) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, and marketing a broad range of innovative products for the life science research and clinical diagnostic markets. With a focus on quality and customer service for over 65 years, our products advance the discovery process and improve healthcare. Our customers are university and research institutions, hospitals, public health and commercial laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as applied laboratories that include food safety and environmental quality. Founded in 1952, Bio-Rad is based in Hercules, California, and has a global network of operations with approximately 8,000 employees worldwide. Bio-Rad had revenues exceeding $2.3 billion in 2019. For more information, please visit bio-rad.com.

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