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Quality is a continuous improvement activity at SGS-IPS Testing. Rather than a centralized quality department, interdepartmental goals are aligned throughout SGS-IPS to create a culture of quality. Quality Systems are our competitive differentiator.
In the current global marketplace, there is heightened awareness in regards to standards of quality. ISO 17025 accreditation assures proficient testing, data with integrity, and results with validity. SGS-IPS originally achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for testing in May 2012 by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and was most recently re-accredited in April 2016. Labs that meet this standard also operate in accordance with ISO 9001 within their scope of accreditation. A copy of our accreditation certificate and accreditation scope may be viewed by clicking the link below or by accessing the ANAB website and searching for SGS – Integrated Paper Services.
Specifically, SGS-IPS is accredited to do the following tests for consumer products:
- INDA/EDANA Flushability Protocol, 3rd edition, June 2013
- Testing Urine Absorbing Aids for:
- Rate of Acquisition
- Total Absorption Capacity
- Retention Capacity
- Elastic Elongation
- Nonwoven Medical Devices
- Synthetic Blood Penetration Resistance – ASTM F1670/F1670M
- Water Penetration or Resistance, Spray Impact – AATCC 42, NWSP 080.3
- Water Resistance, Hydrostatic Pressure Test – AATCC 127 Option 2, ISO 811
- Resistance to Synthetic Blood Penetration (Face Masks) – ASTM F1862/F1862M, ISO 22609
- Flamability – Disposable Medical Devices and Products – 16 CFR 1610 Step 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
- Tearing Strength (Elmendorf Apparatus) – ASTM D1424, TAPPI T 414, ISO 1974
- Breaking Force and Elongation (Grab Method) – ASTM D5034, NWSP 110.1
- Tearing Strength by Trapezoid – ASTM D5587, ASTM D5733, NWSP 100.2
- Mass per Unit Area (Basis Weight) – ASTM D3776/3776M Option C, ASTM D6242, ISO 536, TAPPI T 410, NWSP 130.1, ISO 12625-6
SGS-IPS maintains a quality assurance system meeting the stringent regulatory requirements of the U.S. FDA Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for Medical Devices as outlined in 21 CFR Part 820. Change control, corrective action, auditing and exacting 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.