Currently, GCAL is the only diamond grading lab in North America to earn this certification, and is one of only three diamond grading labs in the world that is ISO 17025:2005 accredited.
Laboratory Accreditation Bureau, the firm that performs certification assessment, provides third party attestation of technical confidence. “Laboratory tests are supposed to be repeatable and verifiable—we should all be doing it the same way,” explains Jason Stine, LAB testing program manager.
This certification stands for reassurance and minimal risk. Because ISO is internationally recognized, exporters don’t have to retest for most other markets: Over 40 laboratory accreditation bodies have signed a multilateral recognition statement called the ILAC Arrangement, which greatly enhances the acceptance of data across the borders of member countries.
“We are very proud to be the first lab in this country to conform to ISO laboratory standards, and we see it as a testament to offering the most reliable and accurate grading in the industry,” said Donald A. Palmieri, GCAL president. “Our customers expect more from GCAL, and we want to live up to that expectation regardless of the time, effort or cost it takes to be the best.”
Palmieri said it will continue to be tested periodically to ensure compliance with all regulations and standards.