Laboratory Standards and Accreditation

Accreditation is a formal third party confirmation that Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) are competent to carry out specific conformity assessment activities. Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS) is the only national accreditation body in Kenya.

Cropnuts run one of the most reliable commercial testing laboratories in Africa, and we are dedicated to ensuring the results from our laboratories are fully compliant with international standards. The Cropnuts management team have invested heavily in stringent internal quality control measures that are designed to ensure consistency of results. This applies not only to our accredited tests, but to all tests performed in the laboratory.

To maintain these standards, the laboratory performs regular calibration of all our equipment as well as daily verification of our test results. All our methods are internally validated, and we regularly assess our standard operating procedures.

This is costly, and pushes our prices above those of our competitors, but we firmly believe that this level of accuracy is essential if we are going to help farmers achieving better yields and identifying possible sources of contamination in our food and water supplies.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation

The Cropnuts laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited. Awarded to us by the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), this is the internationally recognised quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories.

Our ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation gives you confidence in our laboratories. To maintain this accreditation, we must continually demonstrate our ability to provide robust laboratory results, ensuring the system is properly managed and fully audited.

It is an accomplishment to be ISO accredited, and an achievement to maintain this accreditation in an Africa, where reagents and equipment can be hard to find. We invest heavily in maintaining this level of quality and excellence and are proud to provide sub-Saharan Africa with world class laboratory services.

The Kenyan Accreditation Service (KENAS)

KENAS is the only organisation in Kenya authorised to grant laboratory accreditation according to the ISO/IEC 17205 standard. It is a signatory of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation’s Mutual Recognition Agreement (ILAC MRA) and also a signatory for the International Accreditation Forum’s Multi-Lateral Agreement (ILAC MLA). These are the two umbrella organisations that oversee accreditation activities at a global level.
 
The accreditation certificates issued by KENAS are recognised by organisations all over the world. 
 

Always improving

Cropnuts was first awarded its ISO/IEC 17025:2005 status in 2013, and our most recent assessment was carried out in March 2018. This year, we have been making significant investments that will allow us to transition to the newest version of standard, ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Download Accreditation Assets

ISO accreditation certificate Cropnuts Schedule of Accreditation