Ecuador, according to the Constitution of the Republic, has established that non-renewable natural resources are considered strategic sectors so that the State regulates, controls and manages. To comply with these guidelines, the Agency for Regulation and Hydrocarbon Control – ARCH in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Accreditation Service – SAE has developed an accreditation scheme with Conformity Assessment Bodies to ensure the reliability of the results of inspection, testing and calibration through accredited inspection bodies and laboratories.
The Agency for Regulation and Hydrocarbon Control – ARCH required by Resolution No. 3 issued on August 23, 2013, that all inspection work, execution of laboratory testing and calibration of instruments in the hydrocarbon field is made only by means of Inspection Bodies and Laboratories accredited by the Ecuadorian Accreditation Service or another accreditation body which has signed Mutual Recognition Arrangement of ILAC (International laboratory accreditation Cooperation).
Further information can be found on the Agency for Regulation and Hydrocarbon Control website.