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TRL to help establish test facility on Malta

TRL has been asked by the Malta National Laboratory (MNL) to help establish a construction materials testing facility that will allow MNL to become an independent test house on the island. MNL will then be able to undertake testing to the required international standards for road materials.

Using a team of TRL experts with extensive knowledge of civil engineering materials testing and pavement materials technology and design, as well as large-scale project management skills, the project will be delivered in two phases.

Phase 1 will be a full-scale review of existing equipment, buildings, test methods and the current laboratory management system. This will culminate in TRL producing a detailed proposal that will include:

  • A detailed inventory of existing equipment, including its applicability to current European and ASTM standards.
  • A review of existing test methods, both standard and non-standard, and proposals for methods suitable for testing and evaluating materials in use in Malta.
  • A review of training requirements.
  • A detailed revised laboratory management system.

Phase 2 will see the development of a detailed implementation plan, including the commissioning of equipment and relevant training, and implementation and auditing of new procedures.

TRL will also assist MNL in working towards staged accreditation to appropriate testing standards, with the goal of achieving accreditation for a number of routine tests within the first year of operation.

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