In the BRGM's laboratories in Orléans (2005). © BRGM - Dominique Chauveau

COFRAC accreditation of BRGM’s laboratories

BRGM’s laboratories have been accredited by COFRAC, the French accreditation body, since 1994, a mark of recognition of the reliability of its results and its capacities for innovation.


COFRAC accreditation

BRGM’s analytical laboratories have been COFRAC accredited since 1994 (Laboratories section - Testing Sector), in compliance with the NF EN ISO/CEI 17025 standard for “general requirements concerning the competence of calibration and testing laboratories”.

This accreditation covers:

  • physico-chemical water analyses,
  • analyses of soils in relation to the environment,
  • analyses of sediments,
  • development and adaptation of analysis methods

A mark of recognition of BRGM laboratory performance


COFRAC accreditation is an important mark of recognition of BRGM’s technical and organisational competence and underlines its performance.

It is also a guarantee of the reliability of BRGM laboratory results and of their independence and impartiality, thus ensuring the comparability of analyses at the European and international levels.

Finally, COFRAC accreditation recognises BRGM’s capacities for developing innovative methods in the field of metrology.

The BRGM’s laboratories are audited by COFRAC every year to ensure that its technical and organisational competence is being maintained.  Accreditation comes up for renewal every five years.

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COFRAC, the French accreditation body

COFRAC, the French accreditation body (Comité français d’accréditation) is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1994 under the aegis of the public authorities.

COFRAC was designated as France’s sole national accreditation body by a government decree issued on 19 December 2008, which establishes accreditation as within the remit of the public authorities.

More information about COFRAC 

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