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Mechanical Testing Lab - PT vs. QC questions

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This goes back to everyone's "favorite" subject of Section 5.9 of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. Our Chemical Testing lab was successful in obtaining accreditation last year and now our organization is looking to add-on our Mechanical Testing Lab. There are no PT programs currently available for the Chem Lab so we are relying on QC data to fulfill 5.9.

What is the best practice for the Mechanical Lab? They perform various dimensional measurements on packaging components and labels. Is it feasible to have a "Lab Control Sample" (LCS) with which to accumulate QC data (such as our Chem Lab is doing) or would PT alone be sufficient to meet 5.9 requirements? If QC data is required, what is the best design for that program?

We know how to meet the other requirements of the standard for the Mechanical Lab, just unsure about this one.

Any info is greatly appreciated! Thanks to everyone at the Cove - you're all great!!! It's wonderful to have a resource like this to bounce questions/ideas off of.
 
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Hershal

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Dimensional PT is available. Not necessarily for the specific application, but in this case the measurement is more important than whether it is a label or something used in a PT.

Check with organizations like MeasurePT or NAPT and see which PT has similar types of measurements to the mechanical lab, get in touch with the organization, and discuss with them.

Hope this helps.
 
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Voodoo Queen

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Hershal, as always, you're amazing. Thanks for the suggestion - we'll definitely be contacting one of those PT providers to see what is currently available.

We're wondering, though, if it would also be necessary to have a Lab or Quality Control Sample that would get measured along-side test items (similar to the "in method, in matrix" approach we took for the Chemistry lab). Personally, I'm not sure that something like this would work for our Physical lab given the number of samples it tests each day with the same method, but if it is an industry "best practice" would be something to further consider.
 

Hershal

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There could be value it that, particularly as a "check" item and training tool. Good idea.
 
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