Japan, February 13, 2015 – KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. announces that the test facilities located at its R&D center (Osaka City) have received International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation as a chemical emission test site by Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA), an accreditation body for test facilities.
ISO/IEC 17025 is an International Standard designed for the accreditation of test and calibration processes in specific fields of testing, which ensures that the test process, calibration processes, and test laboratories conform to a quality management system, and that the laboratory is equipped to perform tests and calibration activities at a global standard.
KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc. was accredited for chemical emission tests in VOC*1, ozone, dust, and UFP*2 of printers and MFPs, in accordance with RAL UZ-171 determined by German Institute for Quality Assurance and Certification (RAL, Deutches Institut für Gutersicherung und Kennzeichnung e.V.). The company’s R&D center had been certified by Germany’s Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM, Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung) as a chemical emission test site for the German eco-label “Blue Angel” on October 25, 2013*3. With the accreditation of ISO/IEC 17025, the company now can carry out in-house chemical emission tests which are necessary for obtaining the U.S. environmental rating system “EPEAT®” and environmental labels in other countries.
In an effort to contribute to social needs to protect the environment, the company has been analyzing chemical substances emitted from products and materials used to manufacture products, and been enhancing various evaluation systems in the development of products. Seitaro Yoshida, the company’s Executive Officer and Senior General Manager at the Corporate R&D Division comments, “We strive to continue to provide safe and reliable products to our customers, by maintaining high reliability of analysis data through continuous quality management and by using the obtained data in product development. We must not only maintain the accreditation but also make further efforts to enhance our technology to contribute to establishing a sustainable society.”
*1 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), such as toluene, xylene and ethyl acetate, which are contained in paints, printer inks, adhesives, detergents, gasoline, thinners, etc.
*2 Ultrafine Particles (UFP), up to 0.1 micrometer in diameter. In consideration of the effects on the human body, many environmental labels such as the Blue Angel set a strict standard for UFP emission from MFPs and printers.
*3 Details can be found at news release as of January 28, 2014.
Outline of Accreditation
Accreditation Standard: ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation Body: Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA) Initial Accreditation date: November 21, 2014 Accreditation No.: 83025 Certificate No.: L14-341 DetailsField of test: Chemical Products tested: Printer, copy machine and multifunctional copy machine Specific test: Emission test on basis of RAL-UZ171 (VOC, Ozone, Dust, UFP)