At Microbiology & Quality Associates (MQA), we understand how Calibration, Preventive Maintenance and Equipment Repairs affect your operation. We also understand the frustration and headaches that can result if these services are not delivered properly. We have assembled a team of experienced calibration technicians to help you keep your equipment in compliance and operating at peak performance. MQA is here for you 7 days a week and offers fast turnaround times, equipment pick-up and drop off, and rush service if needed.
MQA has passed several FDA inspections over the years and has been audited by several major biopharmaceutical companies. Our quality systems comply with FDA GMP requirements and ISO 17025 requirements. All calibration reports are reviewed by our independent Quality Assurance group before we report the results to our clients.
The calibration laboratory is staffed by experienced metrologists. Our training program is modeled to be best in class to ensure our calibration specialists are knowledgeable about the equipment they service.
MQA technicians have extensive experience in calibrating instruments found in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device environments, both on-site at your facility and at our calibration laboratory. See below for a partial list of our capabilities. Please call if you have a need not reflected in the list, as our capabilities are continually expanding.
- pH meters
- Conductivity meters
- Controlled temperature environments: refrigerators, freezers, cold rooms, incubators, ovens, rooms, waterbaths, thermometers, and associated chart recorders/data loggers
- CO2 instruments
- Pressure gauges
- Autoclaves (Temperature, pressure, and time)
- Centrifuges (speed, temperature, and time)
- Temperature indicating systems
- Analytical and top-loader balances
Preventive maintenance service is available for:
Calibration and Preventive Maintenance Procedures
We follow formal, documented procedures when performing calibrations and preventive maintenance. These procedures are maintained in our quality systems, pursuant to document control guidelines. If necessary, we will write specific SOPs for your equipment.
Ranges and Test points
We calibrate instruments throughout their full ranges unless you request that a calibration be performed over a more narrow, application specific range, or at a point of use. Calibration of controlled temperature chambers is typically done at one-point, the set-point. If you require specific test points for an instrument, we will use those test points when performing the calibration.
We record both the manufacturer accuracy and user defined accuracy, as available, on our calibration certifications, so the user can clearly see the instrument’s capabilities relative to what they expect from it. The user defined accuracy, when available, is treated as the default for determining an instrument’s pass/fail criteria.
We use calibration standards that are at least four times more accurate than the instrument we are calibrating, resulting in a 4:1 test accuracy ratio (TAR). All our test equipment is calibrated with NIST traceable standards and ISO 17025 accredited calibration labs.
If an instrument fails the as-found calibration, we will notify the client. After authorization, we will attempt to adjust it so that it passes the as-left calibration. All adjustments are documented.