▶ An online platform created by the National Standards Body of India , Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on the basis of self-entry by testing laboratories about the available testing facilities in their laboratories .The National Laboratory Directory has been created with an aim to bring together the information about test facilities available across various sectors such as Government and Private Laboratories on a single online platform (Example: All testing laboratories under various Government Organizations, Public Sector, Private Laboratories, Autonomous Bodies, R&D organizations, Universities Laboratories, NGO etc.)
▶ Laboratories can add and edit the testing facilities as available with them on a self-declaration basis. The information on testing facilities as per Indian Standards or other National/International Standards, can be added and can be periodically updated.
▶ This directory will benefit stakeholders such as manufacturers, consumers and regulatory agencies for identifying the laboratories having the required testing facilities. The laboratories in turn, will be able to reach out to a wider customer base and will get a platform for increasing their visibility on National Level to Manufacturers, Consumers, Regulatory Agencies, Government and Research Institutions.
▶ All testing laboratories irrespective of their accreditation status or any approval by any Government Agency can register in this directory free of cost.
▶ Testing Facilities available in Satellite/Branch Laboratories can also be entered.
▶ Geo-positioning of Laboratories registered in the Directory through Latitude and Longitude has been carried out. This data is available through GIS facilitating multiple search criteria. Multiple search options like searching Laboratories on the basis of location, on the basis of Indian Standards, product wise testing facility and viewing testing facilities available in a registered laboratory have been provided in the portal.
▶ A dashboard showing the number of laboratories registered and their categorization is available on the portal.
▶ Laboratories once registered in the portal can update their profile including their geo-position (latitude and longitude) at any time and can change their password through the edit profile option. Registered Laboratories can create multiple users for their laboratory after log in.
▶ Accreditation of Laboratories:
Accreditation with respect to laboratories is a third-party attestation related to a laboratory conveying the formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific tests or calibration. ISO/IEC 17025 is the global Laboratory Quality Management System Standard that enables laboratories to demonstrate that they operate competently and generate valid results, thereby promoting confidence in their work both nationally and around the world. Accreditation bodies are established in many economies with the primary purpose of ensuring that conformity assessment bodies (Laboratories) are subject to oversight by an authoritative body. Accreditation bodies, that have been peer evaluated as competent, sign regional and international arrangements to demonstrate their competence. The international arrangements are managed by ILAC in the fields of calibration, testing, medical testing, inspection and proficiency testing providers accreditation. The regional arrangements are managed by the recognised regional co-operation bodies that work in harmony with ILAC. ILAC works closely with the regional co-operation bodies involved in accreditation, notably EA in Europe, APAC in the Asia-Pacific, IAAC in the Americas, AFRAC in Africa, SADCA in Southern Africa, and ARAC in the Arab region.
▶ NABL Accreditation:
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) provides laboratory accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 NABL is a signatory to Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Arrangement based on a peer evaluation. For more information please see website https://nabl-india.org
▶ BIS Laboratory Recognition Process:
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) the National Standards Body of India operates Laboratory Recognition Scheme (LRS) in order to recognize laboratories for carrying out testing of samples in relation to conformity assessment and such other functions as the Bureau may assign to it. The laboratories are recognized against particular Indian Standards after assessment of the capability of laboratory to carry out testing against the Indian Standards. The laboratory desirous of seeking recognition under LRS shall be accredited to Laboratory Quality Management System as per IS/ISO/IEC 17025. The accreditation body, through which the laboratory is accredited, shall be a full member of International Laboratory Accreditations-Co-operation (ILAC) and/or Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (APLAC, now APAC) or any other regional accreditation co-operation. The Laboratory desiring BIS recognition has to apply in the prescribed application form after going through the requirements of BIS LRS 2018. The application has to be submitted as per the location of the applying Laboratory in the respective BIS Lab as per their State wise Jurisdiction. Recognition is granted after carrying out an onsite audit to access the technical capability of the applicant laboratory to carry out testing for Particular Indian Standard for which it has applied for recognition. The Laboratory Recognition Scheme (LRS) of BIS is available at the below link: https://bis.gov.in/?page_id=1769
ILAC is the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation organization for accreditation bodies operating in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011 and involved in the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies including calibration laboratories (using ISO/IEC 17025), testing laboratories (using ISO/IEC 17025), medical diagnostic laboratories (using ISO 15189), inspection bodies (using ISO/IEC 17020) and proficiency testing providers using ISO/IEC 17043. For more information please see website www. https://ilac.org
The Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) was established by the amalgamation of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC).The role of APAC is to manage and expand a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) among accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region. APAC’s members include accreditation bodies, accreditation focal points and other organizations that have an interest in accredited conformity assessment results. APLAC was initiated in 1992 as a forum for laboratory accreditation bodies in the Asia Pacific region. The APLAC Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formally establishing APLAC, was signed in April 1995 by the founding members.
For more information please see website www. https://ilac.org
▶ Laboratory Recognition in India by other Government Organizations:
Various Government Organizations also recognize laboratories for testing as per their specific requirements and mandate.
▶ Food Safety and Standards Authority of India ( FSSAI ) www.fssai.gov.in
▶ Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) https://apeda.gov.in/
▶ Export Inspection Council (EIC) https://eicindia.gov.in
▶ Central Pollution Control Board www.cpcb.nic.in