Technical Competence

Technical Competence

Competence refers to the capacity or ability that a person must perform certain tasks or activities with ease and efficiency. It is the potential that a person possesses to develop specific competencies in a certain area.

Laboratories must have qualified and competent personnel to carry out analytical tasks. This includes technicians, analysts, scientists and other professionals with appropriate training and experience.

Competence assessment

The assessment of technical competence is a process by which the level of knowledge, skills and experience of an individual performing a particular process is analysed and evaluated. This assessment must be carried out by an independent entity to ensure objectivity and impartiality.

The main purpose of the technical competence assessment is to determine whether an individual possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully perform the tasks and responsibilities associated with a specific technical job or task. At SHAPYPRO we carry out technical competence assessment for biocidal efficacy testing of antiseptics and chemical disinfectants.

  • Our practical tests: These tests involve the laboratory technician performing the test according to a pre-chosen standardised method, where specific testing exercises are carried out to reflect real situations that would be faced on the job.

It is important for the assessment of technical competence to be fair, objective, and relevant to the job or task being assessed. In addition, it should be adapted to the level of complexity required for the job and the industry in which it is performed.

Laboratories should regularly participate in proficiency tests, also known as inter-comparison tests, to demonstrate their technical competence. The tests developed at SHAPYPRO involve analysing samples provided by us (homogeneous and stable) in order to compare the results obtained from participating laboratories.
In conclusion, the assessment of technical competence is a fundamental step in the personnel selection process or in identifying the areas in which an individual needs to improve in order to develop professionally.

The assessment of technical competence in accredited laboratories is a fundamental process to ensure the quality and accuracy of the analytical results they produce. Accreditation of a laboratory is a formal recognition that it meets certain standards of quality and technical competence set by recognised accreditation bodies.
Main aspects involved in the assessment of technical competence in accredited laboratories:

  • Accreditation standards: Laboratories seek accreditation following specific national or international standards. Some of the most common standards include ISO/IEC 17025 for test and calibration laboratories, ISO 15189 for clinical laboratories and ISO/IEC 17020 for inspection laboratories.
  • Initial assessment: Before accreditation is granted, accreditation bodies conduct an initial assessment of the laboratory. This involves reviewing documents, procedures, personnel competence, equipment, analytical methods, quality management and any other relevant aspects.

Scope of application SHAPYPRO proficiency tests

Currently, we focus on testing for the evaluation of biocidal efficacy of antiseptic products and chemical disinfectants.

EN 14885 is a European standard that sets out requirements for the evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of antiseptic products and chemical disinfectants. This standard applies to a wide range of products intended to kill or inactivate microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeasts.

Efficacy evaluation criteria: The standard specifies the criteria that biocidal products must meet to be considered effective against target microorganisms.

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All of them aim to assess technical competence in the development of a specific process.
The assessment of technical competence is a process by which the level of knowledge, skills and experience of a person performing a particular process is analysed and evaluated. This assessment must be carried out by an independent entity to ensure objectivity and impartiality.
The main purpose of the technical competence assessment is to determine whether an individual possesses the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully perform the tasks and responsibilities associated with a specific technical job or task.
At SHAPYPRO we carry out technical competence assessment for biocidal efficacy testing of antiseptics and chemical disinfectants.
Our practical tests: These tests involve the #laboratory technician performing the test according to a pre-chosen standardised method, where specific testing exercises are carried out to reflect real situations that would be faced on the job.
It is important for theΒ #assessment of technical competence to be fair, objective and relevant to the job or task being assessed. Furthermore, it should be adapted to the level of complexity required for the job and the industry in which it is performed.
In conclusion, technical competence assessment is a fundamental step in the recruitment process or in identifying areas in which an individual needs to improve in order to develop professionally.

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