September 15, 2014 (Mon): The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) hits another milestone as its laboratory obtains the accreditation under the international standards for testing and calibration laboratories. Specifically, the MS ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is for the certification laboratory, internally referred to the System Laboratory, which undertakes the task of testing and evaluating software under the Quality Software (QS) Product Certification scheme.
Standards Malaysia officially handed over the accreditation certificate today, in conjunction SOFTEC 2014, a conference on software testing organised annually by MSTB. At the ceremony, Standards Malaysia was represented by its Director of Accreditation, Shaharul Sadri Alwi, while MSTB was represented by its President Mastura Abu Samah.
“I would like to congratulate MSTB and its System Lab for their assurance to provide accurate assessment and trustworthy software testing results, in compliant to International Standards.
“With this accreditation, the laboratory receives formal recognition of the expertise, competency of its staff, management systems, procedures, equipment and facilities based on independent third party assessment, ” says Shaharul Sadri.
The PC-Lab is accredited under the Malaysian Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, or Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM), in respect to the field of Software Testing. The Certificate of Accreditation is valid for three years from September 3rd, 2014.
To date, Standards Malaysia has accredited 662 laboratories for various types of testing (including medical testing) and calibration. More than 300 assessors/experts from various fields under Standards Malaysia are supporting its accreditation services to fulfil the international technical requirements.
For MSTB, the accreditation marks further progress in the rollout of the QS scheme, which development started has started in 2010 with the intention to develop a software quality certification scheme based on international standards
“QS certification would also enhance market competitiveness of made-in-Malaysia software in domestic and international markets. In addition, having a good quality products enable them to have better returns through reduction in costs of maintenance of the products as well as to manage and rectify after-sale customer issues related to poor quality,” says Mastura.
She explains that Malaysian software players must emphasise on the quality of their products if they were to remain relevant in the market. With quality, they can even prosper in the more lucrative global arena.
In fact, as market globalisation continues, Malaysian companies will have no choice but bring themselves up to the international level to survive. Having quality products will no longer be optional.
“Malaysian software manufacturers and sellers can leverage on QS certification as an independent and Quality Assurance based on ISO standards for their products.
“QS certification would also enhance market competitiveness of made-in-Malaysia software in domestic and international markets. In addition, having a good quality products enable them to have better returns through reduction in costs of maintenance of the products as well as to manage and rectify after-sale customer issues related to poor quality,” Mastura says.
Commenting on PC Lab’s accreditation, Shaharul Sadri said the team had work hard to attain the accreditation and it is essential for them keeping the impetus and momentum in order to maintain the accreditation status.
He adds that the accreditation has come at the right time to help accelerate the growth of Malaysian software industry. The accreditation also augurs well for MSTB which is leading the initiative to develop Malaysia’s software testing industry and transform Malaysia into a preferred software testing hub.