Proton has achieved yet another important milestone. Its in-house testing facilities in Shah Alam, collectively known as the Proton Test Centre had received ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation from Jabatan Standard Malaysia (Department of Standards Malaysia), a department under the umbrella of the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI).
Simply put, the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is a standard that measures the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. This standard is used by testing and calibration laboratories to develop quality management systems and to assess their own competence.
The certification consists of measuring and ensuring test results meet the required levels over a set length of time. The documentation required to conform on the other hand consists of a quality manual, standard operating procedures, and work instruction flow, just to name a few.
The ISO 17025 is a globally recognized standard accreditation. Therefore the results do not only prove the Proton Test Centre’s competence and overall quality, it also allows the national carmaker’s facility to meet the testing requirements for its vehicles co-developed with Geely. What’s more, the accreditation even opens up the possibility of conducting testing for other Geely models.
Proton Group Engineering Director, Hazrin Fazail Haroon said, “The accreditation received by Proton Test Centre is recognition for the hard work put in by the engineering and testing teams at PROTON to elevate our level of technical capability to be in line with our partner, Geely. It also allows us to reduce our product development costs as we no longer need to send our parts to be tested overseas and will help better manage our timelines too.”
“Since Proton Test Centre was established, it has been our goal to receive MS ISO/IEC 17025:2017. With the accreditation, the test centre now meets both the technical competence requirements and management system requirements that are necessary for it to consistently deliver technically valid test results and calibrations. Ultimately, this will result in better quality Proton vehicles, which will benefit our valued customers,” the Director added.