Our priority at Sopemea is the satisfaction of our customers.This both represents an asset and a major challenge for our development, in respect of international standards.
Our core business requires guarantees of skill and safety meaning the constant strive for high-level quality. The Sopemea Group is engaged in a process of continuous improvement through its quality management system.
Our 4 third-party laboratories offer guarantees of impartiality, independence, integrity and confidentiality.
Accreditation is the recognition by a third-party organisation of the skill of the company in a given domain. It is based on standards that set out the requirements in terms of the quality management system and technical skills. The laboratories are accredited according to a well-defined perimeter, called the scope of accreditation or technical annex which is the formal, specific area in which the laboratory is accredited.
In France, the COFRAC (COmité FRançais d’ACcréditation) is the accreditation body.
In Great Britain, the UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) is the body of accreditation.
The accreditation body decides to accredit an organisation following an audit based on the examination of the organisational and technical provisions in place in the laboratories and how they are applied, and on the skill and ability of each laboratory to carry out the measurement techniques included in the scope of accreditation.
The 4 laboratories in the Sopemea Group are accredited in accordance with the standard ISO/CEI 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration Laboratories” for tests conducted using standard methods or methods designed internally defined in the scope of accreditation. (available on www.cofrac.fr and www.ukas.com).
(Example of used testing standards in the Group: NF EN 60068; GAM EG 13, MIL STD 810, STANAG 4370, RTCA /DO -160 …)
In order to facilitate international exchanges, the various national accreditation bodies have implemented multipartite recognition systems enabling a company accredited in its own country to be recognised in the other signatory countries.
Concerning Europe, the various accreditation bodies are members of the EA (European Co-operation for Accreditation). Worldwide, national accreditation bodies are members of the ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation), COFRAC and UKAS are members of ILAC.
Joint IAF-ILAC-ISO Communiqué on the Management Systems Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration Laboratories:
A laboratory’s fulfilment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations. The management system requirements in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (Section 4) are written in language relevant to laboratory operations and meet the principles of ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems — Requirements and are aligned with its pertinent requirements.