The International Gemological Institute has earned ISO 9001:2000 certification in four countries: the United States, Canada, India, and the United Arab Emirates. IGI India (Mumbai) also holds ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission) 17025:2005 accreditation.
ISO is a network of national standards institutes from more than 150 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives to more directly link business objectives with business effectiveness.
ISO 9001:2000 specifies requirements for a quality management system where an organization needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product/service that meets customer and applicable regulatory requirements, and aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable regulatory requirements.
ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is for use by laboratories in developing their management system for quality, administrative and technical operations. Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies may also use it in confirming or recognizing the competence of laboratories.
“One of our central goals at IGI is to provide consumers with the maximum quality of services available. The fact that IGI labs meet the regulatory requirements of ISO 9001:2000 certification demonstrates our continued commitment to that goal,” said IGI President Jerry Ehrenwald, GG, ASA.
In order to maintain ISO accreditation, each of IGI’s labs must be audited annually. The Institute’s labs are currently undergoing the sixth year of audits.