First African laboratory gains ISO 17025 accreditation

by Madelein
First African laboratory gains ISO 17025 accreditation

TAL, a division of Norcros SA, has manufactured and supplied innovative tile installation materials to the South African market for over 40 years. The company’s laboratory was recently recognised as an ISO 17025 accredited testing facility, thereby reconfirming its technical competence.

The TAL laboratory is the first in Africa to gain ISO 17025 accreditation for 1348:2007 testing (tensile strength of cementitious tile adhesives). The standard is similar to the ISO 9001 standard, with the main difference being that ISO 17025 also speaks to technical competence. The accreditation is recognised by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and South African National Accreditation System (SANAS).

Tests under 1348:2007 determine the strength of the adhesive bond between tile and substrate. This includes evaluation of the adhesive under test conditions, as a control measure, and under simulated real-life environments such as water immersion and heat aging over a 28-day period.

TAL Technical Executive, Obert Rukato, says that positive results confirm for the end-user that the claimed performance of the tile adhesive is accurate, and that the product will deliver the expected result on site.

“This accreditation is considered the single most important standard for calibration and testing laboratories globally, so we are very proud of this achievement. It confirms that our facility produces internationally recognised results and endorses TAL’s decades’ long commitment to quality products, manufactured to the highest standards, at every level,” comments Obert.

For more information, contact Tal on Tel: +27 (11) 206 9700 or via www.tal.co.za.

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