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The audit conducted by ENAC (National Accreditation Body) last January at AIMPLAS’ laboratories, has extended the accreditation scope of the technology centre with new tests. In the case of soil biodegradation, place their laboratories in a leading position at European level.
The biodegradation in compost and disintegration tests of plastic materials, as well as odour emissions tests for the automotive sector, position AIMPLAS as the only accredited centre in Spain with technical capacity internationally, according to the standard ISO/IEC 17025.
During last January, AIMPLAS’ laboratories were subject to an audit, performed by ENAC (National Accreditation Body) with an ambitious objective: maintaining its accreditations, over 200, and extend its accreditation scope to new tests.

The positive resolution of the audit has allowed obtaining a leading position in Europe for biodegradation in soil tests and being a pioneer in Spain as a laboratory accredited for measuring disintegration and biodegradation in compost of plastic materials. AIMPLAS’ laboratories also stand out for being the first centre with accredited tests on odour emissions, formaldehyde emissions, fogging and TVOC.

According to Rosalía Guerra, head of the Automotive Laboratory of AIMPLAS: “these tests are highly demanded by companies in the automotive sector, with the need to evaluate the emissions that are in the air of the interior of the vehicle, which must comply with a very restrictive legislation and that until now forced companies to carry out These tests in foreign laboratories.”

Other accreditations have been those of fire behavior of interior automotive materials, overall migration in vegetable oil (completing the accreditations already available in aqueous simulants and alternative simulants to fatty ones), ash content, water vapour transmission rate (in addition to the already available accreditation in oxygen transmission rate) and tests on child-resistant packages.

With this extension of its accreditation scope, AIMPLAS is at the forefront of accredited tests in the field of plastics in Europe. According to Luisa Gil, head of Processes and Continuous Improvement in AIMPLAS: “this is very important given that ENAC is a signatory of all the EA (European Accreditation), ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) and IAF (International Accreditation Forum) international agreements. Therefore, a report or certificate issued under ENAC accreditation is recognized by the other signatories in the entire world and these agreements act like an international passport for trade”, said AIMPLAS.