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ISO 17025 Accreditation Certificate

SGS-IPS Quality Systems

Quality is a continuous improvement activity at SGS-IPS Testing with an aim to continually expand services and customer satisfaction. Interdepartmental goals are aligned throughout SGS-IPS to create a culture of quality integrated into all aspects of our testing services to provide data with integrity and results with validity. Quality Systems are our competitive differentiator.

ISO 17025 Accreditation and ISO 9001 Certification

The current global marketplace has heightened awareness regarding standards of quality. ISO 17025 testing laboratory accreditation confirms that SGS-IPS carries out consistent and competent testing within the scope of accreditation. Labs that meet this standard also operate a quality management system in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001. SGS-IPS originally achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for testing in May 2012 through ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and has since maintained accreditation. A copy of our current accreditation certificate and accreditation scope may be viewed by clicking the link above or by accessing the ANAB website and searching for SGS North America or SGS IPS Testing. In 2019, SGS-IPS added ISO 9001 certification to further confirm the implementation of an effective quality management system. The certificate may be viewed by clicking this ISO 9001 Certificate link or by accessing the ABS website and searching for SGS North America.

Scope of Accreditation

Specifically, SGS-IPS is accredited to the following tests for paper, tissue and nonwoven consumer products:

  • INDA/EDANA Flushability Protocol:
    • FG501
    • FG502
    • FG503
    • FG504
    • FG505A
    • FG506A
    • FG507
  • AS/NZS 5328 Flushability Protocol:
    • Appendix A
    • Appendix B
    • Appendix C
    • Appendix D
    • Appendix E
    • Appendix F
    • Appendix G
  • IWSFG Flushability Protocol:
    • PAS 3 Disintegration Method: Slosh Box
  • Testing Urine Absorbing Aids for:
    • Rate of Acquisition: NWSP 070.9 / IPS-T022, NWSP 570.9 / IPS-T022
    • Rewet: NWSP 070.9 / IPS-T022, NWSP 570.9 / IPS-T022
    • Breathability: NWSP 070.1, NWSP 570.1, ASTM D737
    • Total Absorption Capacity: ISO-11948-1 / IPS-T021
    • Retention Capacity: WSP 070.10
    • Elastic Elongation: IPS-T041
    • Various State Health Care Requirements for Incontinence Products
  • Nonwoven Medical Devices testing:
    • Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance: ASTM F1670 / F1670M
    • Resistance to Synthetic Blood Penetration (Face Masks): ASTM F1862 / F1862M, ISO 22609
    • Water Penetration or Resistance, Spray Impact: AATCC 42, NWSP 080.3
    • Water Resistance, Hydrostatic Pressure Test: AATCC 127 Option 2, ISO 811
  • Flammability for Disposable Medical Devices and Products: 16 CFR 1610 Step 1 / IPS-T049
  • Tearing Strength (Elmendorf Apparatus): TAPPI T 414, ISO 1974
  • Tearing Strength (Trapezoid): ASTM D5587, ASTM D5733, NWSP 100.2
  • Breaking Force and Elongation (Grab Method): ASTM D5034, NWSP 110.1
  • Breaking Force and Elongation (Strip Tensile): ASTM D5035, ISO 9073-3, ASTM D882, NWSP 110.4, ISO 12625-4 / IPS-T024, TAPPI T 494
  • Mass per Unit Area (Basis Weight): ASTM D3776 / 3776M Option C, ASTM D6242, ISO 536, TAPPI T 410, NWSP 130.1, ISO 12625-6

Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Medical Devices

SGS-IPS maintains a Quality Management System that conforms with the stringent regulatory requirements of the U.S. FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for Medical Devices as outlined in the non-manufacturing provisions of Title 21 CFR Part 820.  Change control, corrective action, auditing and document control/traceability are all part of ensuring regulatory compliance.

Quality Systems at SGS-IPS are not strictly for compliance. They create customer value through data accuracy and testing efficiency.