Sharp & Howells celebrate 70-years of continuous NATA accreditation and 100-years of operation

Industry News July 11, 2022
Sharp & Howells celebrate 70-years of continuous NATA accreditation and 100-years of operation
NATA team

Who are Sharp & Howells? 

A consulting chemical analysis and industrial forensic chemistry laboratory, Sharp & Howells is the oldest NATA accredited (privately-owned) chemical laboratory in Australia and proudly celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2022.

As part of these remarkable operational and accreditation milestones, we spoke to Sharp & Howells about how NATA and accreditation has been an integral part of their long history. 

Q:  How did you come to be accredited with NATA and in what area? 

A:  Our first ‘registration’ was a general one and covered our whole laboratory operations. 

Q:  Have you kept the same accreditation or extended into other areas? 

A:  Our NATA accreditation(s) have varied over the past years as we have changed our own capabilities to suit the times and changing market needs. 

Q: Has NATA accreditation contributed to your industry success? 

A:  NATA accreditation has long been a critical part of our business model and has contributed to our longevity in such a tight and competitive industry. 

Q: What advice would you offer an organisation seeking accreditation? 

A:  Use your accreditation as a fundamental part of your business and it will help you improve it in the long term. 

Point of interest. 

Sharp & Howells once won a legal case for their client because they were NATA accredited for the test performed (which was used in evidence) while the opposing side’s ‘expert’ was not!