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MAHLE Powertrain's RDE Centre achieves ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation

MAHLE Powertrain's RDE Centre has achieved ISOIEC 17025 accreditation. The ISO standard is set to become an assurance benchmark across the vehicle emissions testing industry to ensure the accuracy and consistency of emissions test results. "We have had this standard in our sights for a while, but it is very complex when applying it to the large numbers of factors involved in the measurement chain for emissions such as CO2, NOx and hydrocarbons," says Derek Wise, chief engineer for Build and Test at MAHLE Powertrain. "However, test data quality is central to what we do, so we targeted being the first in the UK with the standard specifically for vehicle emissions".

The ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is based on the published ISO standard "General requirements for testing and calibration laboratories" competence. It is recognised as the industry's main standard that laboratories must hold to be considered technically competent. It is highly regarded within the engineering and automotive sectors, it is specifically designed to improve technical competence, testing accuracy, reliability, and repeatability. According to UKAS, MAHLE Powertrain's RDE Centre is the first vehicle emissions testing facility in the UK to receive ISO 17025:2017 certification for its vehicle emissions test processes and procedures.

"While other vehicle emissions laboratories certainly hold ISO 17025:2017 certification, this is the first time we have audited the actual emissions test procedures," says UKAS's assessment manager Chris Downs. "It gave our assessors a first-hand insight into the processes involved as a result."

Wise concludes: "The standard's requirements are specific and demanding, incorporating and extending those of ISO 9001:2000. For MAHLE Powertrain's testing procedures to be recognised with this certification is a testament to our staff's skills and experience and our investments in test and validation facilities. We are justifiably proud that our emissions testing is the first in the UK to receive ISO 17025:2017 certification. "It is the latest in a long list of firsts for MAHLE Powertrain."

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