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quality accreditation

Published: March 17, 2011

Leading international oilfield services company Expro

is pleased to announce that its fluids laboratory in Den Helder, Holland, has been awarded ISO/IEC 17025, the

prestigious accreditation for the determination of mineral oil in water.

The laboratory is the only one in the region of North Holland to receive this level of accreditation. This

achievement is evidence of Expro’s commitment to providing a quality service to the industry.

ISO/IEC 17025 is a prestigious international laboratory accreditation program. It is formal recognition of the

technical competence of a laboratory to carry out specific tests, allowing customers to be confident that the

service provided is of the highest quality.


In addition to the testing of oil and gas wells, Expro’s fluids team specialises in the analysis of waste water that

is produced by a large number of oil and gas producing platforms in the North Sea. The method used to analyse

and measure the amount of oil remaining in the water is in accordance with OSPAR Reference Method 2005-15.

The accreditation is additional to the certifications, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, SCT/ VCU 2007/04, SCC/

VCA**2008/05 and OHSAS 18001:2007, which are also in place at the laboratory.

Erroll Spruit Bleeker, Expro’s Den Helder Head of Laboratory / Production Manager, said: “Expro decided in

August 2009 to strive toward the accreditation of the laboratory to the ISO/IEC 17025 standards. This is an

international norm where the quality management system of the laboratory and the technical competency of the

laboratory technicians are recognised. When a laboratory is allowed to display the Quality Logo, this represents a

high quality guarantee and is a business card for its customers.

“The acquisition of the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation has been a tremendous investment of time and money.

The complete dedication of the team has resulted in, as of January 2011, a positive rating from the Dutch

Accreditation Council regarding the laboratory quality management system and technical competency of its

laboratory technicians.

Keith Palmer, Expro’s Europe CIS Region Director, said: “This accreditation makes Expro the first and only

commercial laboratory in the region that is accredited with the ISO/IEC 17025.

“All members of the lab te

am showed a determined and dedicated approach to acquiring this endorsement. The

average period for a laboratory to obtain this is between 24 and 36 months and this team received it in only 16

months – showing what can be achieved with hard work.”