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Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM)
Laboratory accreditation based on ISO/IEC 17025 (formerly ISO/IEC Guide 25) was first introduced in Malaysia on 1 July 1987. This was followed by the introduction in 15 August 1990 of a national unified laboratory accreditation scheme, known as Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM). The SAMM scheme was initially administered by SAMM National Council that directly come under the authority of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
Following the establishment of the Department of Standards Malaysia (Standards Malaysia) on 28 August 1996 under the Standards of Malaysia Act, 1996, all accreditation activities of the former Malaysia Accreditation Council were transferred to and come directly under the responsibility of Standards Malaysia. The laboratory accreditation scheme, however, retains its original name “Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM).
The primary objective of SAMM is to provide a credible accreditation service to testing and calibration laboratories including medical testing laboratories such that ultimately SAMM endorsed test reports and calibration certificates are accepted internationally. The accepted mechanism for recognition is by means of the Mutual Recognition Arrangements framework of the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (APLAC).
Scope of Activities
SAMM is unified national laboratory accreditation scheme and is multi-disciplinary in its scope of accreditation activities. It covers both calibration and testing including medical testing.
Reference to SAMM Accreditation
Accredited laboratories may use Accreditation Symbol and combined ILAC MRA Mark or make reference to SAMM accreditation.
Standards Malaysia is staffed by full time technical officers and supporting staff to carry out daily operations. It is operated in accordance with MS ISO/IEC 17011.
General criteria as published in MS ISO/IEC 17025 / MS ISO 15189, SAMM Policies (SP), Specific Criteria (SC) and Specific Technical Requirements (STR) are used in assessments and accreditation process.
Policy on Cross Frontier Accreditation
It is the policy of Standards Malaysia not to accept any CAB application from abroad. This policy is consistent with the Act 549, Standards of Malaysia Act 1996, clause 10 (2)(h).
All existing standard methods from both national and international standard bodies as well as reputable technical organisation are acceptable. For non-standard/in-house method are also acceptable provide that they are validated and documented.
QA Manager @ Deputy Quality Manager
* Familiar with ISO 17025