WAF awarded ISO accreditation

WAF general manager Customer Services and Acting GM Operations Sekove Uluinayau (ISO certification) congratulates the officers at the National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL) in Kinoya. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Water Authority of Fiji’s (WAF) National Water Quality Laboratory was recently awarded an ISO17025 accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ).

According to a statement by WAF, this accreditation signifies the WAF laboratory’s capabilities to test potable wastewater and be technically and scientifically competent for testing biological samples.

WAF general manager Customer Services and Acting GM Operations Sekove Uluinayau said this assured the laboratory’s reliability because it would continue to undergo annual assessments by the independent authority, IANZ.

He said WAF continued to reach greater heights with their service delivery and this was just another achievement that reflected the efforts of their highly-skilled staff and the proper equipment they work with.

“We congratulate the laboratory team for their achievement and this will be the beginning for WAF to venture into providing quality tests and results to external customers and regulatory bodies,” said Mr Uluinayau.

“The ISO17025 accreditation assures all our customers, our efforts and competencies as experienced staff are involved in carrying out tests of all water types for biological testing.

“The laboratory uses properly calibrated equipment with proper internal and quality control checks which ensure the effectiveness of our system and procedures.

“The laboratory carries out biological and chemical tests for all water types. It will now work towards adding other tests under the same process for chemistry parameters ensuring reliability, competency, and assurance.”

To expand their services, Mr Uluinayau said the laboratory would now work towards adding other chemistry tests to carry out under the same process.

“This recognition allows WAF to take a proactive approach to skill-training and service delivery.”

Mr Uluinayau said that WAF would ensure that required in-house training and assessments were carried out for the biological testing staff in a timely manner to ensure competency levels were met for testing requirements.

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