SGS is pleased to announce that its Laboratory Quality Services, International (LQSi) group has successfully conformed to the ISO/IEC 17043:2010 quality standard which overviews the requirements for laboratory proficiency testing programs. The audit and ongoing accreditation requirements are administered by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

Very few wide-spectrum minerals-based laboratory proficiency testing providers have achieved this feat. The assessment covers the preparation, verification and distribution of test items characteristic of the minerals sector such as precious and base metal ores and concentrates, coal, coke, and fertilizer.

The effective and efficient processes developed, implemented and documented by LQSi during their drive for accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043 show the team’s commitment to the field of proficiency testing, an important component of the ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory testing standard.  Obtaining this accreditation signals SGS’ dedication to continual improvement and the highest quality standards.

Edwin Blaszak
SGS Mineral Services
LQSi Technical Governance Manager
SGS North America Inc.
16130 Van Drunen Road
South Holland, IL, US
t: +1 (708) 225 9121
f: +1 (708) 331 3040

Ron Graham
SGS Minerals Services
Technical Governance Manager SGS North America Inc.
151 Eastern Drive, P. O. Box 850
Sophia WV, US
t: +1 (304) 255 0422
f: +1 (304) 683 2322 
m: +1 (201) 349 6736


SGS is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity.  With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.