DOST-operated semicon testing labs get ISO accreditation

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Secretary Montejo (4th from left) while receiving the Certificate of Accreditation from Dionisio, OIC of PAB, for the two labs of Admatel.  With him were Admatel project leader Dr. Basilia (3rd , L),  ITDI director Dr. Azanza (2nd,R), and Admatel program manager Virgilio Aguinaldo (R) Secretary Montejo (4th from left) while receiving the Certificate of Accreditation from Dionisio, OIC of PAB, for the two labs of Admatel. With him were Admatel project leader Dr. Basilia (3rd , L), ITDI director Dr. Azanza (2nd,R), and Admatel program manager Virgilio Aguinaldo (R)[/caption] Several DOST officials such as Undersecretary for R&D Amelia P. Guevara,?Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) director Dr. Maria Patricia V. Azanza and Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) president Dr. Dan C. Lachica witnessed the unveiling with guests from other agencies and the industry. Media representatives were also present. A service laboratory of the ITDI-DOST, the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory or Admatel is equipped with advanced analytical equipment for failure analysis and materials characterization, as well as for process and product development needs of the semiconductor, electronics, and other allied industries. Dr. Blessie A. Basilia, chief of the Materials Science Division of ITDI and project leader of ADMATEL, announced during the unveiling that two unit laboratories have been assessed and found to be conforming to the requirements for competence in testing and calibration. Its Thermal Analysis Laboratory, and Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory have been found to demonstrate their technical competence for the specified scope. In most major countries, ISO/IEC 17025 is the standard for which most laboratories must hold accreditation in order to be deemed technically competent. An accreditation implies, unlike most ISO standards for management systems, that a third-party auditing of the laboratory is carried out by the national organization responsible for it. In the Philippines, this is done by the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), a line agency of the Department of Trade and Industry. Laboratories are therefore accredited under ISO/IEC 17025, rather than certified or registered. Following the two main sections in ISO/IEC 17025, which are Management Requirements and Technical Requirements, Ernani M. Dionisio, officer-in-charge of PAB, while awarding the certificates pronounced both laboratories of Admatel as manifesting the three marks expected of it, specifically:

1. An intact and well maintained technical infrastructure; 2. Proof of staff competence, experience, and capability; and 3. An effective quality management system.

Dionisio added that its Thermal Analysis Laboratory is accredited to provide test services for miscellaneous materials and products such as clays, ceramic and related materials, plastics, and rubber. It is competent to conduct chemical tests on these products to measure weight loss, temperature range, glass transition, and endothermic/exothermic peak temperature, among others. For products such as paints and related surface coatings; resins; inks, dyes and pigments; plastics; and adhesive sealants, it is competent to conduct chemical fingerprinting identification by Fourier Transition Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and chemical fingerprinting identification of microscopic contaminants by FTIR microscopy. PAB listed Dr. Marissa A. Paglicawan and Carlo S. Emolaga as approved signatories for the Thermal Analysis Laboratory. For the Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory, Dionisio approved the scope of accreditation to cover conduct of non-destructive tests by visual inspection of metals and non-metals. It is approved to conduct visual inspection using optical microscopy and dimensional measurement. Its approved signatories include Dr. Basilia, Dr. Araceli Monsada, and Josefina R. Celorico. PAB awarded Admatel its certificates of accreditation on 9 February 2015 which will remain valid until 08 February 2020. ]]>

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