Photon assay gets accredited

CHRYSOS Corporation has taken a major step forward with its Photon Assay tool getting National Association of Testing Authorities accreditation.

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The Photon Assay tool has received NATA accreditation. Photo: Tony McDonough

The accreditation from Australia's national accreditation body for laboratories, inspection bodies and calibration services means the photon assay can be used as a direct alternative to existing fire assay methods for gold.

The first two Photon Assay units have gone to Ausdrill subsidiary Minanalytical and it was those machines that were used for the NATA validation process.

The accreditation involved validating the technology through a series including benchmarking it against traditional fire assay mineral analysis.

As a result NATA has issued accreditation in compliance with the ISO/IEC 17025 - Testing standard.

Minanalytical general manager Gary Wheeler said the validation took several months to complete.

"For our customers it means the syst...