Members of the OSI team show off the accreditation.

AURORA, III. – The laboratory for quality testing at OSI’s processing plant in Oakland, Iowa has achieved ISO 17025:2005 accreditation for technical competence in the field of biological testing from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (AALA).

Based on a comprehensive review of a laboratory’s quality systems, technical competence and performance to ensure it produces accurate, precise and consistent results, ISO 17025 is a globally recognized standard.

“It was a 10-month process which involved a lot of hard work, said Daniel Iverson, the plant’s quality assurance manager. “With the assistance of a consultant, the timeframe for completing the accreditation process of the ISO was significantly reduced.This process has resulted in enhanced performance and professionalism of our already great lab team.”

Accreditation requires meeting standards for staff, testing methods, measurement traceability, maintenance of testing equipment, testing environment, handling of test items and quality assurance of test data.