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.
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.
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.
This accreditation scheme covers proficiency testing services provided by accredited suppliers to testing laboratories, calibration laboratories, clinical laboratories and other types of bodies.
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:
According to Article 220.127.116.11.7.12.1. 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:
There are several sources of information that allow to consult the existence of proficiency testing programs, such as:
Web page: https://onac.org.co/
Accreditation Directory: https://onac.org.co/directorio-de-acreditados
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:
Additional information on Accreditation Bodies can be found on the websites of international cooperation bodies such as IAAC, ILAC and IAF, among others.
Verify the status of an accreditation by typing the accreditation code below: