Quality Assurance

Bureau Veritas Minerals Laboratories has dedicated itself to providing a high quality service to the mining and exploration industry.

Management Systems and ISO Registration

Foreseeing the need for a globally recognized mark of quality in 1994, Acme began adapting its Quality Management System to an ISO 9000 model.   Acme implemented a quality system compliant with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 9001 Model for Quality Assurance and ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.  On November 13, 1996, Acme became the first commercial geochemical analysis and assaying lab in North America to be registered under ISO 9001.

October 2011 the Vancouver laboratory received formal approval of its ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for the tests listed in the approved scope of accreditation.  The lab is continuing to add methods to this scope.

August 2016 the Hermosillo Mexico and July 2019 the Sparks Nevada fire assay facilities received final approval of their scopes of accreditation.

All laboratories and sample preparation facilities fall under the Quality Management Scope helping to ensure the same practices and procedures are followed throughout the organization.  As of Jan 2021 with the full alignment of the ISO 9001 and 17025 standards Bureau Veritas has decided to maintain only ISO 17025 accreditation for its minerals facilities. Sample preparation locations are monitored regularly for quality control and quality assurance practices and are listed on the site specific scopes of accreditation.

All BV Minerals Laboratories have for many years regularly participated in the CANMET and Geostats round robin proficiency tests.  BVCC  is recognized as a participant in the CALA Proficiency Testing Program and is registered by the BC Ministry of Water Land and Air Protection under the Environmental Data Quality Assurance (EDQA) Regulation.

Quality Control in Testing

Samples submitted are analyzed with the strictest quality control.  Blanks (analytical and method), duplicates and standard reference materials inserted in the sequences of client samples provide a measure of background noise, accuracy and precision.  QA/QC protocol incorporates a granite or quartz sample-prep blank(s) carried through all stages of preparation and analysis as the first sample(s) in the job. Typically an analytical batch will be comprised of 34-36 client samples, a pulp duplicate to monitor analytical precision, a -10 mesh reject duplicate to monitor sub-sampling variation (rock and drill core), a reagent blank to measure background and an aliquot of Certified Reference Material (CRM) or Inhouse Reference Material to monitor accuracy.  In the absence of suitable CRMs Inhouse Reference Materials are prepared and certified against internationally certified reference materials  such as CANMET and USGS standards where possible and will be externally verified at a minimum of 3 other commercial laboratories.  Using these inserted quality control samples each analytical batch and complete job is rigorously reviewed and validated prior to release.

Bureau Veritas has always prided itself on providing the highest level of quality control data to its clients.  Implementation of  a global laboratory information management system (LIMS) and WebAccess provides clients with even greater access to quality control data

ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Accreditation

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