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Anucha Somjitchob Celebrates Vajira Lab’s Historic ISO Certification for Medical Masks in Thailand

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Anucha Somjitchob, the dynamic Managing Director of Vajira Lab for Society Co., Ltd. (Vajira Lab), exuberantly announced a milestone achievement for the company and the nation. Vajira Lab has emerged as the first private laboratory in Thailand to earn the prestigious TISI 17025-2561 (ISO/IEC 17025:2017) certification for testing medical materials and equipment. This laurel was conferred in the specialized domain of single-use surgical masks and N95 respirators. The esteemed ceremony saw Wanchai Phanomchai, the diligent Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry and acting Secretary-General of the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI), bestowing the certification with a sense of pride. Among the notable attendees was Associate Professor Dr. Anan Manomaipiboon, Dean of Navamindradhiraj University, who graced the event with his presence and extended his heartfelt congratulations at the TISI meeting room 200, in the imposing TISI Building.

Vajira Lab for Society Co., Ltd. sprang to life through a formidable collaboration between the Faculty of Medicine Vajira Hospital at Navamindradhiraj University and the industrial titan, IRPC Public Company Limited (IRPC). This powerhouse partnership is a veritable blend of the academic acumen of medical professionals and the pragmatic, hands-on experience of industry entrepreneurs. As a social enterprise, the lab offers a comprehensive suite of analysis and testing services, equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation. Ensuring meticulous product quality assessments, Vajira Lab provides international certifications for an array of medical products, including culture equipment sets, automatic bacterial counters, bacterial filtration efficiency testers (BFE), and air permeability testers (Breathability).

The recent certification—evidenced by registration number 23-LB0032 and certification number 1669—spotlights Vajira Lab’s prowess in testing single-use surgical masks and N95 respirators. This accolade is a monumental leap forward in Thailand’s medical development landscape. By championing rigorous quality standards, Vajira Lab significantly bolsters the potential and competitiveness of Thai mask manufacturers. Gone are the days when local manufacturers had to dispatch their products overseas for testing; Vajira Lab’s certified services ensure that Thai citizens can now confidently use high-standard, safe medical masks produced right at home.

This certification not only stands as a testament to Vajira Lab’s impeccable standards but also heralds a new era of medical innovation and safety in Thailand. It’s an endorsement of their unwavering commitment to excellence and a promise of enhanced safety for all. As we navigate through these challenging times, the assurance of access to top-quality medical equipment is a beacon of hope and security for the nation.

For Vajira Lab and its partners, this is not just a certification; it’s a clarion call to continue their quest for perfection. Anucha Somjitchob, reflecting the spirit of innovation, assured that this achievement is merely a stepping stone toward even more significant advancements. The certification is an affirmation of IRPC’s philosophy of “Creating Goodness for the Future,” underscoring their dedication to contributing positively to society and fostering a safer, healthier world.

As Thailand celebrates this significant achievement, the spotlight shines brightly on the collective endeavor of medical experts and industry stalwarts. The journey to this pinnacle of excellence was paved with relentless dedication, cutting-edge research, and an unwavering commitment to societal welfare. With Vajira Lab’s groundbreaking certification, a new chapter of robust medical safety and innovation unfolds, promising a brighter, healthier future for all.

Here’s to Vajira Lab for Society Co., Ltd.—where medical precision meets unparalleled quality, setting a gold standard in the realm of medical materials and equipment testing in Thailand and beyond.


  1. Pat June 20, 2024

    This is an amazing achievement for Thailand! Kudos to Vajira Lab for setting the benchmark high.

    • Emily Johnson June 20, 2024

      Indeed! It’s about time we have locally certified medical equipment.

      • academic_rebel June 20, 2024

        Local certification is great, but how does it compare to the standards globally? That’s what really matters.

      • Pat June 20, 2024

        Considering this is ISO certified, it should be on par with global standards.

    • Tech_Savvy123 June 20, 2024

      It’s not just about local pride, but also about reducing dependency on foreign testers. More autonomy for us!

  2. Martin L. June 20, 2024

    I’m skeptical. Just because it’s certified doesn’t mean it’s better. Remember, certifications can be bought.

    • Alice June 20, 2024

      Wow, that’s a very cynical viewpoint. Do you have any evidence to back that up?

    • doctor_karen June 20, 2024

      Certification standards are pretty rigorous. Buying certification without meeting standards is unlikely.

    • Martin L. June 20, 2024

      History is full of scams and shortcuts. Just being cautious.

  3. Wei Liu June 20, 2024

    Medical excellence is not a race. The real win is for public health and safety. Congrats to the team!

  4. Sara_T June 20, 2024

    Why does Asia need to prove itself over and over? This is a significant achievement!

    • Danilo V. June 20, 2024

      Right? The double standards in global recognition are frustrating.

  5. Peter June 20, 2024

    While this is a step forward, the true test will be how these masks perform in real life settings.

    • science_fan June 20, 2024

      Agreed. Certifications are a good start, but real-world efficacy is what matters most.

    • User12 June 20, 2024

      What kind of real-life tests are you talking about?

    • Peter June 20, 2024

      Field tests in hospitals, feedback from medical professionals using them daily. That kind of practical validation.

  6. Zara June 20, 2024

    From an economic perspective, this could really boost local manufacturing and provide jobs.

    • numbers_guy June 20, 2024

      Exactly, and not just jobs. It could attract more foreign investments too.

  7. Lina M. June 20, 2024

    Why celebrate this? Shouldn’t every medical lab aim for such high standards anyway?

    • Humanitarian_Heart June 20, 2024

      Yes, but achieving it is still worth celebrating. It’s a confirmation of their hard work.

      • Lina M. June 20, 2024

        Fair point. Guess we should applaud achievements as they come.

  8. Roberto June 20, 2024

    This should have happened years ago. Other countries have been doing this for decades.

    • Leah June 20, 2024

      Better late than never, right? Every step forward counts.

      • Roberto June 20, 2024

        True, but we need to accelerate progress, not just catch up.

    • Desiree P. June 20, 2024

      Comparing timelines doesn’t always make sense. Thailand has its own context and challenges.

  9. John June 20, 2024

    I’m curious about the environmental impact of these single-use masks. No one’s talking about that.

  10. Greenie June 20, 2024

    Exactly, John! We focus so much on health standards but forget about sustainability.

  11. Alex D. June 20, 2024

    Great job, Vajira Lab! Setting a new benchmark for safety in medical equipment.

  12. Vikas June 20, 2024

    What about the cost? Are these high-quality masks going to be affordable for the average citizen?

    • G_lite June 20, 2024

      Usually, with local production and certification, the costs should be lower.

    • Vikas June 20, 2024

      Hoping that’s the case. Quality shouldn’t come at an unmanageable price.

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