Saint-Jérôme, March 24, 2015 – The Composites Development Centre of Quebec (CDCQ) is proud to announce the achievement of the ISO 17025 accreditation, an international recognition of competence. Issued March 2, 2015, this accreditation demonstrates that tests conducted by its specialists are performed in a highly controlled, secure environment, in accordance with the the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) protocols, in partnership with the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).

The CDCQ holds technical and scientific expertise, as well as the equipments and infrastructures necessary for the performance of mechanical and thermomechanical testing. The work carried out within its composite material characterization laboratory is done to support the activities of its partners and customers and contributes to the progress of its own research and development activities.

Moreover, it is for this reason that it received accreditation CAN-P-4E (ISO / IEC 17025: 2005), which is a seal of trust on its testing laboratoriy. The SCC’s verdict stipulates that the CDCQ meets the most rigorous and the highest standards.

The certification confirms the performance standards associated with two mechanical testing procedures frequently performed by the CDCQ personnel for its customers :  the ASTM D638 standard (Tensile Properties) and ASTM D790 standard (Flexural Properties).

« If the credibility of our analysis and the expertise of our engineers and technicians already contributed to the success of our activities, the recognition accorded to us today by the Canadian Council of Standards allows us to reaffirm the high quality of our work. » says  Ms. Janic Lauzon, CDCQ Director.

Increasing the expertise and competitiveness of the Quebec composite industry

The 13 members of the CDCQ team pull together their expertise daily to serve the CDCQ’s mission which is to increase the skills and competitiveness of their customers, through technical assistance, applied research and training services.

With its new ISO 17025 accreditation, the CDCQ intends to honor its reputation, for the benefit of the actors in the composite value chain, whether they are in aerospace, transportation, rehabilitation of sewer and water pipes or in the recreational or industrial sectors.

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Composites Development Centre of Quebec (CDCQ)

The CDCQ is a College Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT) recognized by the Quebec government and affiliated to Cégep de Saint-Jérôme. Together they provide services to the industry and have been training composite technicians since 1986. Cégep de Saint-Jérôme was the first college to offer the technical program in Composite Materials, in Canada.

Cégep de Saint-Jérôme

Founded in 1970, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme offers 21 academic programs across three campuses. The College employs approximately 600 employees. It welcomes over 5,000 students in the regular sector, Continuing Education and Business Services.