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Chilean university testing accredited for four years

Last updated on 20-Jan-2014 at 11:43 GMT2014-01-20T11:43:27Z

Picture: Universidad de Santiago

Picture: Universidad de Santiago

A department of the Universidad de Santiago has been certified to run scientific tests in chemistry and microbiology.

The Food Science and Technology Research Center was accredited as a laboratory for the maximum period of four years by the National Institute for Standardization.

Juan Manuel Zolezzi, president of Universidad de Santiago , said the Food Science and Technology Research Center’s (CECTA, Spanish acronym) accreditation by the National Institute for Standardization (INN, Spanish acronym), backs the lab and the university.

“The commitment of our University to science, technology and innovation is faithfully reflected in this laboratory; this is why we are interested in continuing to make this type of organization stronger and we expect this to attract researchers from the University and other institutions,” he said

Claudio Martínez, director of CECTA, described the accreditation as a milestone in the history of the center.

“This decision recognizes our very professional way of working and it open doors for us to undertake more complex projects, together with companies, exporting ones mainly, which we were not able to access before.

“For example now, we can have access to other types of certification, through SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Service) or Sernapesca (Fishing National Service), which are agencies that require previous accreditations.”

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