Peterborough lab achieves prestigious accreditation less than 12 months after opening
The new Test Labs infection prevention research and test laboratory in Peterborough, which opened officially in January 2021, has achieved prestigious UKAS accreditation in less than twelve months, one of the fastest awards in the history of the accreditation body.
Parent company Inivos created the facility after the Covid pandemic redirected government and commercial laboratories’ focus which stretched their capacity. Inivos still needed to validate the effectiveness of new products and services to continue supporting healthcare with emerging challenges such as the development of a single use Personal Protective Equipment disinfection process.
Test Labs acquired the site in March 2020 and first approached UKAS in November. UKAS carried out a preassessment of the facility in April this year, followed by an initial assessment against six different EN standards under the ISO 17025 Quality Management System in July. Test Labs submitted final documentation to assessors in August with UKAS confirming final accreditation on October 11th, just 11 months after the agreement to go ahead with accreditation.
The laboratory will focus on testing and researching questions around infection prevention and control with a particular focus on the healthcare environment. Its aim is to reassure healthcare providers that their medical devices meet the required standards and can sustain exposure to cleaning materials over the course of their lifetimes to remove harmful microorganisms that cause healthcare acquired infections (HAIs), , including the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen which causes COVID-19.
Tautvydas Karitonas, Head of Research and Development at Inivos, said: “Achieving UKAS accreditation in such a short time and against the odds in difficult circumstances, was a tremendous achievement. It will give our NHS and healthcare customers reassurance of the effectiveness of Inivos products and other devices.
“The achievement is a perfect reflection of the Inivos ethos, a determination to support the delivery of better, faster healthcare and to apply this across the NHS.”
UKAS Assessment Manager, Paula Catchpole said; “Inivos, trading as Test Labs, have worked hard to create and implement a management system and to achieve their grant of accreditation within a short timeframe. The laboratory is a brand new facility and the speed in which the laboratory environment was purposed to be suitable for accredited activities was impressive.
“It is great that emerging technologies are being harnessed to fight the spread of infection, and that accreditation is able to underpin quality in these technologies, ensuring competence, safety and reliability of data. It has been interesting to work with them on their journey to accreditation am happy to continue to work with them into the future.”