Petron's Mandaue laboratory receives ISO certification for testing, calibration

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — Petron Corporation's laboratory in Mandaue, Cebu has received an ISO/IEC 17025 certification from the Philippine Accreditation Bureau, the company announced Wednesday.

The accreditation means the facility meets the international standard for testing and calibration laboratories.

This is Petron's second ISO/IEC 17025 certification since 2016 when its Pandacan Laboratory also became ISO-certified. Petron remains the only Philippine oil company with this ISO certification.

"The accreditation presents a strong competitive advantage as industrial and laboratory customers, regulatory authorities, and accreditation bodies also use this in recognizing the competencies of laboratories," the company said in a statement.

Based on the ISO website, the ISO/IEC 17025 certification refers to the general requirements for the competence of a laboratory to carry out tests according to international specifications. It covers testing and/or calibrations performed using standard methods, non-standard methods, and laboratory-developed methods.

"This ISO certification is a testament to our ability to perform tests and analyses according to global standards and allows us to better secure certifications and approvals from accredited licensing institutions and original equipment manufacturers, making our products globally recognized," Petron Research and Development Manager Ronald Chiong was quoted as saying.

The ISO 17025 certification is given based on the evaluation on a laboratory's staff management, maintenance of equipment, as well as quality of testing and calibration, among other criteria.