SYTECH's Nigel Peet, far left, and Neil Buck, far right, pictured with representatives from the Belize Department of Environment.
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SYTECH continues its international expansion with Central America contract 

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A digital forensics consultancy service provider has reached a major milestone after completing a major international government project in Belize. 

The £75,000 contract saw SYTECH, based in Stoke-on-Trent, provide services to the Centre of Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), as part of the Ocean Country Partnership Programme (OCPP). 

SYTECH worked in collaboration with Cefas to assess the readiness and support progress towards accreditation to ISO 17025: 2017 for marine pollution testing laboratories in the overseas territory. 

ISO 17025 is an international standard that outlines the robust requirements for testing and calibration in laboratories; it sets out guidelines for quality management, technical competence and the ability to produce accurate and reliable test and calibration data.  

Having achieved the rigorous accreditation itself, and with significant testing and calibration laboratory experience, SYTECH was enlisted by the government organisation to provide in-country training and gap analysis. 

As part of the service, SYTECH fulfilled three requirements across a 12-month period. 

Neil Buck and Nigel Peet with representatives from Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.

Quality Consultant Neil Buck said: “ISO 17025 accreditation is recognised worldwide as a global symbol of excellence, enabling organisations to build trust with clients, stakeholders and regulatory bodies, while also ensuring that each facility is up-to-date and compliant with the standards procedures, policies and processes.   

“With a wealth of testing and calibration laboratory expertise, we are delighted to have secured the opportunity to impart our knowledge on an international scale with this landmark project in Belize, helping various stakeholders to establish a robust quality management system that meets the stringent requirements of the accreditation. 

“While the process to achieve ISO 17025 can be incredibly challenging, the benefits are worth it, enabling organisations to compete more effectively in their industry, while demonstrating their commitment to quality and accuracy – a powerful differentiator for the business.” 

Nigel Pye

Experienced journalist with a 30-year career in the newspaper and PR industry and a proven record for breaking stories for the national and international press. Nigel is the Editor of Daily Focus and Head of Creative at i-creation. Other work includes scriptwriting, magazine and video production, crisis communications and TV and radio broadcasts.

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