TC11 - Measurement in Testing, Inspection and Certification - Talks



IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation) is launching a series of virtual discussions (using MS-TEAMS) worldwide in 2022.

  • What:45-minute Discussion Club “TIC talks”
  • Who:IMEKO TC-11 “Measurement in Testing, Inspection and Certification”
  • Name of the discussion room: How to reconcile science and laboratory accreditation?        
  • Date and time: 7 June 2022 13:00 CET
  • Link: Click here to join the meeting (the link is active only during the meeting) 
  • Fee:free of charge for participants
  • Name and surname of the moderator: Ivanka Lovrenčić Mikelić
  • Short description of the discussion topic: The focus of scientific laboratories is scientific research accompanied by higher education activities and other associated activities. These laboratories are not primarily market-oriented and this applies to laboratory accreditation as well. Furthermore, when accreditation is required from scientific laboratories, some challenges emerge. Some of them are common for any laboratory and some are typical for scientific laboratories. This talk will address similarities between science and accreditation, differences in laboratory functioning according to science written and unwritten rules and according to ISO/IEC 17025 standard as well as difficulties in scientific laboratories concerning accreditation and the Standard. Science-accreditation coexistence in accredited scientific laboratories will be discussed. Among others, it will be discussed why there is an impression that science and accreditation are opposed and how to avoid that. This is especially important for scientists dealing with accreditation, although it can be applied to any laboratory.
  • Briefly about the moderator: Ivanka Lovrenčić Mikelić has a Ph.D. in natural sciences/geology and 19 years of laboratory experience. She is a senior research associate and a Quality Manager in the Laboratory for Low-Level Radioactivities (Ruđer Bošković Institute) and a Quality Manager of the Ruđer Bošković Institute. She was a Quality Manager of the Laboratory for Radioecology (Ruđer Bošković Institute). She is a certified EOQ Quality, Process, and Risk Manager. Her research interests are related to environmental radioactivity, sedimentation and geochemical processes, anthropogenic influence on the environment, and quality management systems.


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