ALS recognises that our customers need to be comfortable that they are getting the right result every time. More specifically for resource evaluation, NI 43-10 or JORC requires that a Qualified Person (QP) supervise all processes involved in obtaining samples and approve all data released to the public.
ALS maintains the background internal quality control data and a library of detailed laboratory analytical methods required as the necessary documentation for JORC for 43-101 reporting.
Further, the competency of ALS laboratories is regularly benchmarked by external auditors against the highest professional laboratory standard – ISO 17025. The external auditors of our laboratories vary from country to country but include only the most reputable organisations such as NATA, SANAS, MNAS and CALA. Accreditation to this standard not only requires in-depth and on-going external auditing but it provides assurance to our customers that the laboratory systems are robust and maintained at a world-class level.
At the heart of ALS Coal’s expertise and accreditation are these components:
- A verifiable and auditable management system that clearly defines and controls what we do, how we do it and when we do it
- An industry-leading system for training employees and recognising their competency is achieved through the internal ALS Coal training program known as LabSkills
- An advanced Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) known as Coal8 provides an efficient data capture, management, validation and audit system
- A set of regular internal and external blind proficiency programs provide a demonstration that the results are controlled