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 UTP receives accreditation for its Centralized Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and Control and Instrumentation Laboratory (20 February 2014)

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ Centralized Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and Control and Instrumentation Laboratory have been recognised for its calibration and testing by Standards Malaysia. 

Both laboratories, which have been attested as meeting international standards, were conferred the MS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certification by Madam Fadilah Baharin, Director General of Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) to YBhg Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hj Hashim, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) at a presentation ceremony, held at UTP on 20 February 2014.  The laboratories were accredited under Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of Malaysia (SAMM), as they not only meet both technical and management requirements for testing and calibration competency, but also operate in accordance with MS ISO 9001, Quality Management Systems.

“Congratulations to UTP which now has three accredited laboratories under Standards Malaysia.  As education is becoming an emerging area of focus in the standardisation arena, it is important to instill quality in their everyday learnings. Accreditation of Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) laboratories is a demonstration of the importance of quality through compliance to standards,” said Fadilah at the ceremony.

The accreditation also endorses both Laboratories’ well-trained personnel, equipment  for measurement of traceability and methods of testing towards accurate and credible testing and calibration data. Furthermore, accreditation is part of a quality infrastructure that facilitates trade and promotes global competitiveness.

“I hope that obtaining accreditation for their laboratories is just the initial step. In the future, we wish to further collaborate with UTP by introducing standards into their courses and syllabus further foster a quality culture in the education as this will benefit them when they enter the workforce;” added Fadilah.

To date, Standards Malaysia has accredited 632 laboratories for various types of testing and calibration where 16 laboratories are from higher education institutions.  More than 200 assessors/experts from various fields under Standards Malaysia are supporting its accreditation services to fullfill the international technical requirements.

“With a vision to become a leader in technology education and centre for creativity and innovation, the university has progressively developed into one of the top universities in Malaysia over a very short span of time.  It is our priority to ensure that our academic programmes conform to international standards and meet the expectations of the relevant industries by taking important strategic development and quality assurance measures,” said Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim.

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) also formulate plans and strategies to ensure effective laboratory teaching and learning processes, research, consultancy and development activities for students and staff through provision of adequate, reliable and well maintained engineering laboratory equipment, facilities and utilities that comply with relevant authority rules and regulations as well as conform to international standards. This is evident when its Centralized Analytical Laboratory (CAL) and Control and Instrumentation Laboratory receive accreditation from Standards Malaysia. 

“CAL is one of the service centres established under the purview of Research and Innovation Office of UTP and it aspires to promote research excellence by ensuring that the requested analytical services comply with international standards. CAL is the first and presently the only lab in Malaysia to receive the MS ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation on surface area measurement of catalyst and catalyst carriers. This accreditation marks an important milestone for CAL as it recognizes the competency of CAL is at par with other testing laboratories around the world. CAL provides analytical services to researchers in UTP as well as external parties for materials testing in various fields such as green technology, renewable energy, nanotechnology, electronics, environmental, oil, gas and petrochemicals. CAL is equipped with state-of the art analytical equipment that fulfill the standard set by UTP,” said Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim.

“The Control and Instrumentation Lab is one of the laboratory facilities developed for the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Academic Programme of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS under the custodian of the UTP Laboratory Facilities and Services Department (LFSD). The laboratory offers learning exposure to student on the principle of process control which includes the measurement, calibration, instrument, operation and control,” added Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim.

In 2013, LFSD has also undergone the final assessment (Compliance Audit) of another ten (10) applications of scope of accreditation, and is currently waiting for final approval from the Department of Standards Malaysia. CAL is also planning to apply for the extension of scope using the same surface area analyzer equipment as well as the for the newly-installed particle sizer instrument. 

In 2012, UTP becomes the first private university in Malaysia to be awarded by Standards Malaysia when its Universal Testing Machine (UTM) Laboratory was accredited under Laboratory Accreditation Scheme of Malaysia (SAMM) based on MS ISO/IEC 17025:2005 – ‘General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories’.​