STATHELLE, Norway — Norner, a provider of industrial polymer R&D services, has been granted ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for its protective coating testing.

Norner has developed a leading position in third-party test services for protective coatings and has invested in modern laboratory test facilities. The company anticipates an increasing need for accredited test services for coatings.

An ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation proves that Norner’s lab is a leader in quality management and competence. The company’s test methods are conducted according to the latest version of international standards. The equipment and instruments are regularly checked by accredited and independent third-party inspections, which provide an accurate traceability throughout the complete testing.

“We continuously develop our laboratory services through investments and quality management to satisfy our demanding customers. It is very rewarding for us to achieve this ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, and it confirms that our focus is right,” said Henning Baann, Business Director in Norner.

According to the Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communique - General Requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, "A laboratory's fulfillment of the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 means the laboratory meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations.” To achieve ISO 17025 accreditation, the laboratory's quality management system and technical competence is approved and regularly evaluated by a third party.

Norner, Stathelle, Norway, offers both third-party testing and pre-qualification testing of protective coating within different applications. The company’s methods cover cathodic disbonding, corrosion, immersion and UV testing, as well as climate exposure procedures and various physical properties.