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NCSL International - Governance
The Economy’s Impact on Metrology
Christopher Herrmann, Transcat
The Economy’s Impact on Metrology (The Risk of Cutting Costs for Calibrations Impacts the Benefits of Using an Accredited Calibration Supplier)
With the economy in recession, declared on 12/1/2008, many industries including pharmaceutical, medical devices, and automotive are looking to reduce their costs in order stay competitive with market share. Many of these companies are competitively shopping for the best prices in association with their metrology needs. Unfortunately, much of the decision making for what calibration service providers will be used is in the wrong hands within these companies. Instead of allowing the quality departments be part of the decision making, the purchasing departments are stepping in dictating whether they will be using unaccredited low cost providers vs. and accredited supplier. What the purchasing department does not realize is that while they are ultimately saving money, they could be putting the company at risk. Some of the risks of utilizing un-accredited service providers include: poor traceability, lack of knowledge, and underestimating customer risk. By utilizing an accredited provider, these 3 areas are minimized due to the extensive surveillance audits that companies must endure.
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