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Advanced Electronic Signature in the FACTS Laboratory

Perhaps you've noticed a slight difference in the FACTS laboratory test reports. It's a very subtle but very important change: we recently implemented an electronic signature system. This means that all test reports are now signed with an advanced electronic signature.

Why must test reports be signed?

ISO 17025:2017 requires test reports to be reviewed and authorised by an appropriate qualified person prior to their release, and also that the authorising party is identified. To satisfy these requirements, FACTS laboratory test reports are reviewed, approved and signed by a technical signatory (in the case of accredited methods). Our reports are electronically generated and sent by our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), therefore they must be signed by advanced digital means. This takes the form of a digital/electronic signature, which also enhances the security of the report. Read more here.

New Alerts

Agave Syrup Adulteration

Agave nectar is a syrup derived from the sap of different varieties of the agave plant, which grows abundantly in the Western region of Mexico. There are many, including the Agave tequilana (blue agave) and Agave salmiana. It is also the base ingredient in the popular distilled beverage, tequila. But this ingredient has a degree of vulnerability... Read more here.

Counting CBDs

There’s a lot of grey smoke surrounding the testing methods for levels of Cannabidol (CBD), as well as the subsequent marketing of products which contain CBD.

On 27 May 2019, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA – previously, the Medicines Control Council) published a press release relating to exemptions for some CBD-containing products. Read more here.


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