DOST water and food lab now ISO accredited
by SC Aro
La Trinidad, Benguet (13 February) -- The micro-biological and chemical laboratory of the Department of Science and Technology Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) is now ISO accredited with services now at par internationally.
DOST-CAR Regional Director Ben Ladilad announced that the P40 million worth Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory acquired ISO accreditation internationally. He is encouraging entrepreneurs to make use of the laboratory for certification purposes.
DOST-CAR Quality Manager of the Laboratory Zenaida Baucas said the lab which was upgraded through the years has two accreditations both for national and international standards.
Baucas said international accreditation ISO 1025:205 was acquired March 2009 while a national accreditation ISO 9001:2000 was acquired at the regional level February 2009. Ceremonial acquisition of ISO 9001 at the national level, a certification for quality management system, together with other ISO 9001 standards was awarded in December last year at Malacanang.
Potability of water and proximate analysis and nutritional facts of food are conducted at the laboratory for certification purposes according to Baucas.
Baucas said those commonly availing of their services are owners of water refilling stations, food processors and bakery owners and those acquiring Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) licenses. Clients come as far as Regions I and III.
Corresponding fees are charged both for food and water micro-biological and chemical tests. Microbiological test for water costs P450.00 per sample while chemical test for water is P1,876.00 per sample. Food micro-biological test costs P4,329.00 per sample while food chemical test costs P3,500.00 per sample.
They are also equipped with a facility called Atmospheric Absorption Spectrophotometer capable of analyzing heavy metals. DOST charges P1,000 per element such as lead, manganese, cadmium, iron among others.
With the province still dependent on agriculture, the agency plans to establish a pesticide laboratory. (PIA-Benguet) [top]