Skandia Flammability Laboratory Earns ISO 17025:2005 Accreditation

May 2015

Davis Junction, IL - Skandia, Inc., Vice President, Jarod Triplett announced today that the company’s advanced flammability testing laboratory has earned the prestigious ISO 17025:2005 accreditation through American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) designation.

“Earning this accreditation is a major accomplishment for Skandia. As our business continues to grow it will ensure our customer base is confident that we meet the highest levels of flammability testing standards,” Triplett said. “The accreditation does not only include our processes, but it includes the training and testing procedures for our flammability testing technicians.

“The A2LA certification follows the ISO 17025:2005 standard that’s been agreed upon by regulators for setting the highest levels of testing competence within the laboratory,” he said. “ISO 17025:2005 is specifically created for laboratories conducting testing and calibrations. Our customers know that every test is performed to the same standards so the results are reliable under any circumstance. Confidence is extremely important to them.”

“There are a number of accreditation auditors/services we could have used, but we knew that A2LA is held in the highest regard by the industry,” stated Jeff Vardell, Skandia’s Quality Assurance Manager. “When our customers see the A2LA logo on our documents they will have every confidence that the testing they receive from Skandia is done at the highest level of detail and will meet any regulation they require.”

Vardell also explained that Skandia’s A2LA certification qualifies the company to administer 12 different flammability tests for its customers, including:

  • Horizontal Burn Test (2.5"/min burn rate)
  • Horizontal Burn Test (4.0"/min burn rate)
  • 12-second Vertical Test
  • 60-second Vertical Test
  • Waste Containment Testing
  • Oil Burn Test
  • 45 Degree Angle Test
  • 60 Degree Wire Test
  • Thermal Acoustic Flame Propagation Testing
  • Heat Release Testing
  • Smoke Emission (Density) test
  • Smoke Toxicity test

“That is why the wide scope of this particular accreditation is so important to us,” Triplett added. “We have so many customers around the world and they each require specific testing requirements. This one accreditation ensures that we can meet their needs.”

“I’m exceptionally proud of this achievement by our entire team,” Vardell said. “The ISO 17025:2005 certification is not something that is easily earned. It is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication by the 31 members of our flammability testing team and shows the global aviation industry that Skandia adheres to the highest testing standards available.”