On the 29th of March, Phanthamit Analytical Lab Company held a launch ceremony and officially became the first private, independent environmental analytical lab company in Laos. Present at this historic moment was Deputy Agriculture and Forestry Minister Phouangparisack Pravongviengkham, Deputy Science and Technology Minister Houmphanh Intharath, Charge d’affaires of the Embassy of Luxembourg to Laos Claude Jentgen, and representatives from several authorities.
Phanthamit Analytical Lab Company was in fact founded earlier in 2015 by Khuanchay Siphakanlaya and Innogreen Engineering Company, Greener Consultant Company and Easter Thai Consulting 1992 Company also joined the venture as its shareholders.
“We realized the importance and demand for laboratory services which are increasing in apparel with the development and the growth of business sector in various areas namely water quality and environmental analysis, analysis for development projects namely dams, mining and basic infrastructure development projects as well as food and non food industry and agricultural processing industry,” said Vongsack Mixay, the company’s Managing Director.
Since its legal inception in late 2015, Phanthamit Analytical Lab Company began to build its laboratory to provide environmental laboratory service including water quality analysis. In addition to building the laboratory, the company also employs laboratory operation innovations that meet the international standard, ISO/IEC 17025, an internationally recognized laboratory benchmark.
Phanthamit has spent close to two years on preparing for obtaining ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. It was approved in December 2017, making the company the first private lab to have been awarded such an accreditation in Laos.
The lab can currently provide water quality testing for clean water, waste water and surface water and air and soil quality analysis, vibration and noise measurement services.
The company also plans to strengthen its capacity to be able to provide quality analysis for food, agricultural products and lab equipment testing services as the company has signed an MOU with AMARC of Thailand.
The company is currently in process of preparation and studying whether it is possible to provide product standardization services for exporters, entrepreneurs and SMEs and ODOP entrepreneurs.
“I strongly believe that being international standard lab that meets ISO standard, Phanthamit will help create trust for investors, both domestic and foreign, for their business operation and development in the Lao PDR,” said Mr Vongsack.