SOURCE: Air Quality Sciences, Inc.

January 15, 2008 14:59 ET

Air Quality Sciences Earns Coveted International ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Air Quality Sciences (AQS), long recognized in the US as the leading company for highly reliable, independent third-party, product emissions, chemical and microbiology testing, recently became the first company worldwide to receive International Organization for Standardization (ISO) / International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17025 accreditation for testing protocols for indoor environments and products.

ISO/IEC 17025 is an international standard that assesses the technical competency of laboratories. The standard covers every aspect of laboratory management, ranging from sample preparation to analytical testing proficiency to record keeping and reports. The standard focuses on several elements including, but not limited to, the laboratory's quality system, document control, corrective and preventive action, accommodation and environmental conditions, equipment, measurement uncertainty, evidence of traceability, sampling, and much more.

"Accreditation through an international ILAC signatory such as ACLASS demonstrates to the market and regulatory agencies that AQS has undergone a rigorous third-party assessment and has achieved the highest level of technical competence. As with many of the standards that ACLASS assesses against, ISO/IEC 17025 provides the ultimate credibility for laboratories and companies," said Dr. Bill Hirt of ACLASS Accreditation Services. AQS first qualified for the ISO 9001 designation in 1996 and has continually achieved higher quality standards whenever ISO has introduced new criteria.

ISO/IEC 17025 strengthens AQS' ability to help manufacturers around the world ensure that their products are safe for indoor environments.

"With greater emphasis on green building around the world, manufacturers rely on AQS to provide reliable, high quality data that can be used to obtain product certifications and to effectively position their products as environmentally friendly," said Tony Worthan, president of AQS. Consumers and specifiers depend on product certifications in their efforts to decipher the myriad of marketing claims associated with green products.

The scope of testing activities for which AQS received accreditation includes chemical emissions from materials and products used indoors; volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and other carbonyl compounds polluting indoor air; and chemical emissions from printers and copiers, appliances, wood products, seating, office furniture systems and the components that comprise these systems. In addition, AQS also received accreditation for testing interior coatings, materials and wood products for microbial growth.

ISO 17025 is an internationally recognized and rigorous measurement standard that allows an organization to prove its competence. This accreditation complements AQS' achievement of ISO 9001 registration along with accreditation by Germany's Blue Angel environmental program, American Industrial Hygiene Association's (AIHA) EMLAP accreditation, and verification by the State of California for performing Green Label Plus testing. AQS is the only US laboratory with the ISO/IEC 17025 designation required for testing to the GREENGUARD Certification and the ANSI/BIFMA X7.1 furniture emissions standard.

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. is a fully integrated indoor air quality (IAQ) company that provides solutions to create healthy indoor environments and avoid potentially dangerous indoor pollution. As the only indoor air quality firm with laboratories that are ISO 9001:2000 registered, AIHA EMLAP accredited and ISO 17025 accredited, AQS sets the standard for effective diagnoses and reliable solutions. AQS provides product testing services for the GREENGUARD Certification Programs and the German Blue Angel Labeling programs, which provide independent, third party certification for low-emitting products used indoors. To learn more about AQS, Blue Angel and GREENGUARD, visit www.aqs.com, www.blauer-engel.de or www.greenguard.org, respectively. To learn more about indoor air quality, visit Aerias-AQS IAQ Resource Center at www.aerias.org.

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