IPR launches new project with eye to expanding international influence

Institute begins movement for accreditation with International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

05/04/2021 - 14h56

Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland

In 2021, the Institute of Petroleum and Natural Resources (IPR) will begin the certification of its laboratories, with the expansion of services and beginning of the production of certified reference materials (CRM). These products function as the basis for the determination of accuracy in analytical measures, in order to guarantee reliability in any operation certified with the ISO / IEC 17025 standard.  

The goal of the project titled QualyLab-IPR is to enable two international-level service packages, in an effort to getting accredited by a US agency, with the following approaches:   

  • Tests on environmental samples and products  ISO/IEC 17025  
  • Production of certified reference materials (Standards)  ISO17034  

The way IPR’s Director Dr. Felipe Dalla Vecchia, sees it, this accreditation will allow the Institute to expand its activities internationally, while offering a unique service to partner companies and research institutes. “With the accreditation, IPR will be able to address national and international high complexity demands of its segment. It will also be able to accredit the quality of the tests that are developed and further qualify the research that is being conducted”, he explains. 

With the new project, by 2026, IPR will have “become one of the most important international reference institutes for technical quality in research, conducting laboratory analyzes and producing certified reference materials in the areas of ​​oil and derivatives, natural resources, energy and environment.”  

Some the highlights of the institute are the extensive technical and scientific expertise, with a team of highly specialized researchers and staff. IPR also relies on a state-of-the-art infrastructure, with highly complex equipment and a large number of activities in its areas of operation.  

The project is expected to run for the next 5 years, starting with the certification of processes and structures while the system is being prepared for accreditation. With this, it will become an important national and international reference, as its processes will be aligned with the requirements of multinationals and the best research centers in the world.