Acronym
PEA
(PT)
Normative Reference
ISO/IEC 17043
Accredited Organizations
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Proficiency Testing Providers

Proficiency Testing Provider Accreditation

Proficiency testing is a quality assurance tool that allows laboratories to compare their performance with others, detect trends and, therefore, take any preventive or corrective action necessary to ensure their technical competence and continuous improvement. In this sense, the criteria defined by ONAC for the participation of laboratories in proficiency testing (CEA-3.0-04) are intended to use the performance results obtained by the laboratories to evaluate the technical competence in the application of specific testing or calibration methods, when they exist and are appropriate.

Wilmar Andrés
Montaño Rodríguez
Sectoral Coordinator
andres.montano@onac.org.co

Electronic Engineer from Central University. Specialist in Informatics and Industrial Automation from Distrital Francisco Jose de Caldas University.

Expert in industrial metrology, technical assistance in metrology, estimation of measurement uncertainty, requirements and competences for calibration laboratories and proficiency testing providers.

Linked to ONAC since October 2020 in the position of Sectoral Coordinator of Calibration Laboratories.

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Description

The ISO/IEC 17043 accreditation evaluates the fulfillment of the competence and quality requirements of the Proficiency Testing Providers for the development and operation of the programs they offer in this field.

Scope

This accreditation scheme covers proficiency testing services provided by accredited suppliers to testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, clinical laboratories and other types of bodies.

International Recognition Agreements for PEAs

  • Proficiency Testing Providers – ISO/IEC 17043
  • Proficiency Testing Providers – ISO/IEC 17043

About Proficiency Testing Providers

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Proficiency testing is a quality assurance tool that allows laboratories to compare their performance with others, detect trends and, therefore, take any preventive or corrective action necessary to ensure their technical competence and continuous improvement. In this sense, the criteria defined by ONAC for the participation of laboratories in proficiency testing (CEA-3.0-04) are intended to use the performance results obtained by the laboratories to evaluate the technical competence in the application of specific testing or calibration methods, when they exist and are appropriate.

In the framework of the “International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Arrangement” (ILAC MRA), CEA-3.0-04 complies with the ILAC P9:06/2014 “ILAC Policy for Participation in Proficiency Testing Activities”, and is a fundamental part of securing and maintaining ONAC signatory status.

In order to eliminate the risk of lack of objectivity and impartiality in the Proficiency Testing Provider (PEA) accreditation service, ONAC does not offer proficiency testing programs.

However, in order to support laboratories in their search for applicable and appropriate proficiency testing programs, the following information is available:

Who can be a Proficiency Testing Provider in Colombia?

Where can I find information on proficiency testing programs?

According to Article 2.2.2.1.7.12.1. Proficiency testing services / interlaboratory comparison of the Single Regulatory Decree of the Industry, Commerce and Tourism Sector – DURCIT (Decree No. 1595 of 2015) issued by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, are providers of proficiency testing services / interlaboratory comparison: 

  • The Instituto Nacional de Metrologia de Colombia (INM) (Colombia´s National Institute of Metrology), as the primary laboratory.
  • National metrology institutes, as primary laboratories of other countries that are signatories of the Mutual Recognition Agreement ¬- MRA- within the scope of the International Committee of Weights and Measures – CIPM- of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures – BIPM.
  • The supplier organizations legally constituted and that demonstrate their technical competence by means of a valid accreditation certificate with the ISO/IEC 17043 standard (NTC-ISO/IEC 17043) or the one that modifies, replaces or adds it and that its scope covers the service offered.
  • Recognized international standard development organizations offering proficiency testing/interlaboratory comparison services and organizations offering proficiency testing/interlaboratory comparison services accepted by the Colombian National Accreditation Agency, provided that there is no ISO/IEC 17043 (NTC-ISO/IEC 17043) accredited proficiency testing/interlaboratory comparison provider at national or international level whose scope covers the required service.”

There are several sources of information that allow to consult the existence of proficiency testing programs, such as:

  • Official Directory of Proficiency Testing Providers (PEA) Accredited by ONAC.

Web page: https://onac.org.co/

Accreditation Directory:   https://onac.org.co/directorio-de-acreditados

  • EPTIS database: international database containing information on proficiency testing programs. It allows queries by country, proficiency testing provider, program, product group and provider accreditation. For any program consulted in the EPTIS database, it is important to confirm on the website of the accreditation body (AB), the status and scope of accreditation of the PEA in the ISO/IEC 17043 standard, in order to ensure compliance with article 2.2.1.7.12.1 of DURCIT. Web Site > https://www.eptis.org/
  • Websites of Accreditation Bodies (AB) accrediting PEAs: There are a good number of accreditation bodies that offer accreditation services for proficiency testing providers, under the ISO/IEC 17043 standard. To consult the accredited PEAs and the scope of accreditation, it is necessary that the interested party accesses the page of each AO and, based on the information contained therein, consults the PEA directly.

The following is a list of ABs that have accredited PEAs, which may vary in its content, so it is purely informative, and ONAC is not responsible for its update:

List of Accreditation Bodies under the PEA scheme

Additional information on Accreditation Bodies can be found on the websites of international cooperation bodies such as IAAC, ILAC and IAF, among others.

  • National Metrology Institutes Websites: there are several Metrology Institutes that perform proficiency tests applying the ISO/IEC 17043 standard.

List of National Metrology Institutes offering EA

  • Other types of proficiency testing inquiries: any additional questions or clarifications can be made through the following email address: aptitud@onac.org.co

Proveedores de Ensayo de Aptitud Acreditados

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Verify the status of an accreditation by typing the accreditation code below:

El código de acreditación contiene la siguiente estructura:
AA-NNN-###
AA = Año solicitud
NNN = Abreviatura del esquema
### = Consecutivo asignado

GU-3.0-02 v1 en Consulta Pública GUÍA PARA LA ADMINISTRACIÓN E IMPLEMENTACIÓN DE ALCANCES FLEXIBLES EN EL ESQUEMA DE PROVEEDORES DE ENSAYOS DE APTITUD
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