The Gekko Systems Assay Laboratory in Ballarat, Victoria, has received National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation in the field of Chemical Testing.
NATA is one of the largest comprehensive laboratory accreditation bodies in the world and provides independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts. This accreditation is highly regarded as it formally recognizes facilities across a range of industries that provide excellent standards of service in reliability, safety and efficiency in technical services.
The accreditation is granted to laboratories in compliance with ISO/IEC 17025 and the field-specific criteria determined via an on-site assessment of resources, procedures and documentation. The organization must demonstrate that it can competently perform all activities included within its class or field of accreditation.
All aspects of the facility’s operation are thoroughly investigated and NATA regularly evaluates areas such as quality control, management systems, reporting, staff training, proficiency and equipment performance to ensure all data produced is 100% reliable and accurate. As a result, clients can be confident that the final data reports received are of the highest quality and that all international laboratory best practices have been followed.
The Gekko Assay Laboratory is a world-class coarse gold assay facility allowing Gekko to further expand its capabilities and provide support for Gekko’s metallurgical laboratory. The laboratory offers a wide range of analytical services including gold and platinum group metals by fire assay, leachwell (cyanide extraction) and base metal analysis.
Gekko’s Assay Laboratory services manager Shaun Marrow said, “NATA Accreditation puts the laboratory on a level playing field with our competitors. We are now able to market our capabilities and give the client confidence that the laboratory follows best practices but still achieves great turnaround times at a competitive price.”
The Gekko Assay Laboratory also provides services for the Gekko Metallurgical Laboratory and external clients. The high capacity of the equipment allows for the processing of large and multiple samples simultaneously. This not only decreases turnaround time but improves the accuracy of data from low yields.
While technical competence and quality control have always been very high, achieving NATA accreditation has given all staff a new benchmark to maintain standards at every step of the process.