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Date of Publication: December 11, 2020

The Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) conducted virtually the first surveillance visit with special assessment of the Chemical and Microbiological Laboratory of DOST-CAR Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) on November 24 and 25, 2020. After a hectic two-day assessment, both laboratories successfully transitioned to the 2017 version of the PNS ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories), the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories. 

The conduct of the assessment was to guarantee the continued competence of the management system and technical personnel and to ensure the laboratory's compliance with all the requirements of ISO 17025:2017. In addition to Jasmin A. Lee-Donaal and Aubrey Rose A. Gabriel as existing approved signatories, Erahem Medz S. Cabural and Renyoll Eden B. Glindo of the Chemical Laboratory were added to the list together with Florida D. Calaranan of the Shelf life laboratory. Furthermore, apart from retaining Jamie Beth B. Galian, Clarisa Angelli N. Lubrica, and Marvi Joy L. Balabag of the Microbiological Laboratory as existing approved signatories, a new scope parameter, Enterobacteriaceae count testing for food and a new method using Petrifilm for Staphylococcus aureus count, Yeast and Mold Count, and Salmonella detection, were likewise approved.

Meanwhile, the DOH - Regulations, Licensing, and Enforcement Division (RLED) conducted a table review of documents and records instead of the onsite monitoring for Chemical and Microbiological laboratories as drinking water testing laboratory. On October 16, 2020, RSTL submitted an accomplished Assessment Tool for Licensing for Drinking Water analysis, and after a series of evaluations on the submitted documents, the DOH- RLED on November 25, 2020 acknowledged RSTL as fully compliant with the minimum licensing requirement set for a laboratory for drinking analysis.

After a series of evaluations on the submitted documents, the DOH-RLED on November 25, 2020 acknowledged the RSTL as fully compliant with the minimum licensing requirement set for a laboratory for drinking water analysis.

To date, both the Chemical and Microbiological laboratories are DENR-EMB recognized to test water and wastewater and FDA recognized to test food samples on top of the 17025:2017 and DOH accreditation. Meanwhile, the Metrology laboratory of RSTL is 17025:2017 accredited and continues to offer calibration services.