This article is summarised from a Scoop media release, 22 March 2018.
Hawke's Bay company Drug Smart has become the first in New Zealand to gain IANZ accreditation to test for methamphetamine contamination. In 2017, Standards New Zealand published a new standard NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties, which required rigorous validation of sampling kits and proof of appropriately trained samplers. Drug Smart is the first company to be IANZ accredited under NZS 8510:2017.
Managing director Sam Murdoch says the application was a very thorough process and Drug Smart was proud to be the first in the country to gain accreditation. Drug Smart tests between 50 and 100 properties each month for meth contamination. Its clients include national government organisations, insurance companies, and loss adjusters, as well as property management companies and individual property owners.
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