Both metals and minerals are of pivotal importance to modem lifestyles and
this situation will continue for the foreseeable future. Despite this obvious
need for metals, people have a fear of the polluting emissions caused by the
mining industry. Legislation now exists which will help to generate trust
among the public. But compliance with regulations is only as good and as
credible as the accuracy and the quality of the analysis. Laboratory
Accreditation is a formal recognition that a laboratory is competent to carry out
specified tests. The National Accreditation Board is the competent authority in
Ireland to carry out accreditation in accordance with European Standards.
This study will identify the need for a laboratory accreditation system within
the mining industry and propose a schedule for implementation of same.