The Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC’s) Accreditation Program for Environmental Laboratories is offered in accordance with the requirements of the Criteria & Procedures for CAN-P-1585 Requirements for the Accreditation of Environmental Testing Laboratories, Program Specialty Area - Environmental Testing (PSA-ET) - December 2008.
Scope of accreditation
The Standards Council of Canada’s (SCC) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program provides formal recognition of competence for laboratories carrying out environmental tests, and enables laboratories to better meet their obligations to regulators.
Approximately 120 parameters can be accredited within the following environmental fields of testing:
- Inorganics - water and soil
- Microbiology - water
- Occupational health - air filters
- Organics - water and soil
- PCB - oil
- Toxicology - water
SCC also offers accreditation to laboratories conducting drinking water testing under the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act. Under the terms of its agreement with the Ontario provincial government, SCC assesses the ability of laboratories to perform drinking water tests, and is solely responsible for approval of their accreditation.
Benefits of SCC accreditation
SCC accreditation demonstrates a laboratory’s competence to manage and perform activities defined by its specific program scope of accreditation. Through SCC accreditation, laboratories are able to obtain independent, third-party, credible test results for themselves and for their customers.
SCC accreditation helps laboratories deliver services with confidence and attract new customers. As a signatory member to several international mutual recognition and multilateral agreements, SCC’s Accreditation Program is internationally recognized.