Quality Assurance

Management System Accreditation

SRC Geoanalytical Laboratories’ management system operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 (CAN-P-4E), General Requirements for the Competence of Mineral Testing and Calibration Laboratories. View certificate.

The Management System, Caustic Fusion Method for the Determination of Diamonds, the Determination of U3O8 wt% in Solid Samples and the Potash Method for Analysis of Major Water Soluble Components of Evaporites are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (Scope of Accreditation #537).

Internal Audit Program

All processes performed at the laboratory are subject to a strict audit program, which is performed by approved, trained professionals.


All personnel at the laboratory are involved in a training program, which focuses on safety, quality and process controls. Training programs are regularly reviewed for adequacy.

Proficiency Testing

The laboratory has received a certificate of proficiency from CANMET for base metals and precious metal assaying.
Recent Proficiency Certificates:

Interlaboratory Testing

Geoanalytical Laboratories participates in a number of interlaboratory analyses. These results are used to assess the quality of all the methods used at the laboratory.

Quality Control (QC)

The quality control processes at the laboratory are continuously monitored by our Quality Assurance Department.
Quality control measures applied at the laboratory include:
  • Sample preparation QC checks
  • Analysis of Certified Reference Standards
  • Analysis of in-house reference materials and standards
  • Traceable calibration standards for instrumentation
  • Analyzing duplicate and blind QC samples
  • Spiking samples to monitor process recoveries
  • Proficiency Testing and Interlaboratory Comparisons QC monitoring