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Quality as the norm: MSTB’s testing lab receives internationally-recognised accreditation

AvantiKumar | Sept. 12, 2014
During Softec 2014, Standards Malaysia issues MS ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for MSTB's Software Product Testing Lab.

MSTB accreditation - Softec 2014

 

Photo - (From left)  MSTB President Mastura Abu Samah receives MS ISO IEC17025 accreditation from Standards Malaysia Director of Accreditation Shaharul Sadri Alwi.

 

The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB) has received internationally recognised MS ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from Standards Malaysia for MSTB testing laboratory, which evaluates software under the Quality Software (QS) Product Certification scheme.

Standards Malaysia's director of accreditation, Shaharul Sadri Alwi handed the accreditation certificate to MSTB's president, Mastura Abu Samah, during MSTB's Softec 2014 conference in Kuala Lumpur on software testing.

"I would like to congratulate MSTB and its System Lab for their assurance to provide accurate assessment and trustworthy software testing results, in compliant to International Standards," said Shaharul Sadri. "With this accreditation, the laboratory receives formal recognition of the expertise, competency of its staff, management systems, procedures, equipment and facilities based on independent third party assessment."

Commenting on the accreditation of US$3.3 million advanced testing lab, he added that the MSTB team had worked hard to achieve the accreditation. "The accreditation has come at the right time to help accelerate the growth of Malaysian software industry. The accreditation also augurs well for MSTB which is leading the initiative to develop Malaysia's software testing industry and transform Malaysia into a preferred software testing hub."

MSTB's Mastura said the PC-Lab was accredited under the Malaysian Laboratory Accreditation Scheme, or Skim Akreditasi Makmal Malaysia (SAMM), in respect to the field of Software Testing. The Certificate of Accreditation was valid for three years from September 3rd, 2014.

This accreditation was another milestone in the rollout of the QS scheme, which started in 2010 with the objective of developing a software quality certification scheme based on international standards, she said.

 Quality is no longer optional

"QS certification will also enhance market competitiveness of made-in-Malaysia software in domestic and international markets," said Mastura.  "In addition, having a good quality products enable them to have better returns through reduction in costs of maintenance of the products as well as to manage and rectify after-sale customer issues related to poor quality."

"Malaysian software players must emphasise on the quality of their products if they were to remain relevant in the market. With quality, they can even prosper in the more lucrative global arena," she said. "In fact, as market globalisation continues, Malaysian companies will have no choice but bring themselves up to the international level to survive. Having quality products will no longer be optional."

"Malaysian software manufacturers and sellers can leverage on QS certification as an independent and Quality Assurance based on ISO standards for their products," said Mastura. "QS certification will also enhance market competitiveness of made-in-Malaysia software in domestic and international markets."

"In addition, having a good quality products enable them to have better returns through reduction in costs of maintenance of the products as well as to manage and rectify after-sale customer issues related to poor quality," she said.

The Malaysian Software Testing Board (MSTB), which is a member of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), is an industry-driven national body promoting the industry's interests in software quality assurance and promotion of software testing as a profession. As an entity, MSTB is established as a Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG) under the Malaysian Law.

 

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