IRI: Certification partner in Lebanon

Historical Background and Official and Legal Status

Established in 1953, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is registered as a Lebanese nonprofit institution declared of public utility since 17 August 1955, linked to the Ministry of Industry, with administrative and financial autonomy for studies, industrial research and scientific testing, calibration, inspection and certification (system, product and personnel).

IRI's mission is to ensure an adequate service regarding technical and scientific support to the Lebanese industrialists and the national economy, especially in the framework of the partnership’s agreements with the European Community and Lebanon’s integration in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

IRI's activities cover most of the conformity assessment activities and IRI is already a member in many international organizations:

  • ILAC: International Laboratories Accreditation Cooperation
  • NCSLI: National Conference of Standard Laboratories International
  • EUROLAB: European Federation of National Associations of Measurement, Testing and Analytical Laboratories.
  • ICC: International Association for Cereal Sciences and Technology
  • ISTA: International Seeds Testing Association
  • IIW: International Institute of Welding
  • ICNDT: International Committee for Non Destructive Testing

Besides, IRI is designated as the accreditation body to all types of welding activities in Lebanon.

Furthermore, IRI provides training and consultancy for laboratories’ accreditation on National, Regional and International level and leads regularly different European projects.

Within its structure, IRI comprises 14 laboratories among which six are already accredited by the American accreditation body ANAB according to ISO 17025: 2005 (IRI is the first accredited body in Lebanon since 2004).

The actual scope of accreditation covers mechanical calibration as well as more than 350 testing methods in the microbiological, chemical / physico-chemical, grains / rheological, electrical / environmental and mechanical / civil engineering fields.

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Contact: Dr. Imad Hage Chehadeh <>