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Napa Valley Think Tank Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation

Submitted By: Karen Fischer, October 13, 2011
SAINT HELENA, CA, October 13, 2011—Napa Valley Think Tank (NVTT) is pleased to announce that the laboratory has received ISO 17025 accreditation. Since opening its doors in August 2010, the laboratory has prepared for the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) accreditation process. The accreditation body, A2LA, completed an audit of the laboratory the first week of August 2011, and word that the accreditation was official came today.

The accreditation is an important step in the laboratory's development. ISO standards represent the highest level of quality control and quality assurance practices available to analytical testing facilities in an international accepted format. “From day one, our team has worked diligently to design the laboratory, and develop and deploy methods that meet the strict standards of ISO 17025,” said Andy Erickson, Managing Partner.

The scope of the accreditation covers several technologies and over 20 analyses and corresponding Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). To achieve accreditation, a laboratory must demonstrate that it has internal performance-based quality control checks for every test, technology and/or parameter on their scope of accreditation, as well as proficiency testing across them all. As the Think Tank laboratory grows and expands, additional equipment, analyses and SOPs will be submitted for review and inclusion in the accreditation.

“The accreditation is a testament to the team’s commitment from the onset to design, build and run the laboratory in a rigorous manner,” said Dr. Torey Arvik, Technical Director. “Going forward, we will focus our efforts on continuous improvement to ensure we offer winemakers the highest quality analytical services.”

NVTT opened its doors in August 2010, offering analytical wine testing services, winemaking supplies and tools for Valley winemakers. In addition, NVTT hosts seminars and offers other technical services such as trials, blendings and tastings. In 2011, NVTT expanded its analytical services to include a wide range of phenolic, aromatic and microbiology testing, including rapid detection of Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Since its inception, NVTT has worked to establish relationships with a number of prominent winemakers in Napa Valley and beyond, and in April 2011 announced a strategic partnership with Societe d’Application de Recherche de Conseil en Oenologie (SARCO), the preeminent analytical laboratory in Bordeaux, France. ###