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National Measurement Institute’s Port Melbourne laboratories have celebrated 70 years of independent accreditation.

Independent assessment of laboratories is particularly important for industry. It ensures confidence in test standards and quality of services. It also provides an independent benchmark for technical competence. Accreditation also supports domestic and international trade and ensures testing compliance with international standards.

Accreditation was first awarded to the Commonwealth Laboratory, Department of Trade and Customs in Chemical testing on 16 March 1953. In 1989, the accreditation renewed and given to the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories (AGAL), Department of Administrative Services, Regional Laboratory (VIC).

The laboratories continue to undertake many of the tests undertaken in 1953. However, testing techniques have continued to evolve as technology improves.

NMI looks forward to continuing to work together with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to ensure Australian safety and consumer confidence in testing procedures.

Find out more about the services that NMI provide to the Australian food sector.