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The Skin Research Center at the University of Leeds, UK, announced it has achieved international quality standard ISO 17025. According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this designation specifies that the general requirements to carry out tests and/or calibrations, including sampling, have been met. In addition, it covers testing and calibration performed using standard methods, nonstandard methods and laboratory-developed methods.
“ISO 17025 accreditation is testament to the quality of our laboratory and will provide us with an added advantage when talking to potential clients,” said Richard Bojar, PhD and the center's director, in a press announcement. He added that the center is examining different ways in which to develop its services to the pharmaceutical, personal product and hygiene industries. "Collaborative applied research is extremely valuable to us, as much of our research informs our commercial services for companies," said Bojar.
The UK-based Skin Research Center has pioneered the treatment of acne, eczema and other skin conditions and reportedly is the only university skin microbiology laboratory in the UK to receive the international quality standard ISO 17025. The center's client list is said to include such companies such as Unilever, Stiefel, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Smith & Nephew and 3M Woundcare--and the center is said to be seeking to increase its collaborative activity with commercial partners.