Amstel gains top cookware testing lab status

Amstel Testing says its recent UKAS accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 means that it is now officially the UK’s top testing laboratory for cookware.

Amstel gains top cookware testing lab status

Very few organisations hold accreditation for cookware testing from the United Kingdom Accreditation Service – the only body of its kind recognised by government to assess, against international standards, organisations that provide certification, testing and inspection services.

Amstel, based in Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire, is the only UK lab certified by UKAS for the main cookware testing clauses (BS EN 12983-1:2000+A1:2004), and the only UKAS-accredited lab worldwide covering standards for: non-stick endurance/hob suitability (DD CEN/TS 12983:2005 Part 2); ovenware (BS EN 13834:2007+A1:2009); stove-top kettles (BS EN 13750:2002); and glass lid thermal shock (BS 3193:2008).

It is also one of only three UKAS-approved UK labs for microwave heating resistance (BS EN 15284:2007).

Amstel’s QA manager, Tim Robbins, told “Gaining UKAS accreditation is testimony to the team’s dedicated hard work. The process rigorously examines our practices, procedures, equipment and competence by external assessors and effectively confirms our status as the UK’s leading cookware testing laboratory – the only one in the UK accredited by UKAS for the main cookware and ovenware BS EN standards.

“As Amstel uniquely specialises in testing of cookware and related items, we also have an unrivalled level of expertise to help customers with product development, safety assessments and investigation of consumer complaints.”

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