Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 08, 2013
At the ANSI World Standards Week award ceremony, A2LA President/CEO, Peter Unger, was awarded the Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal which honors distinguished service in promoting the understanding and application of conformity assessment methods as a means of providing confidence in standards compliance for the marketplace. The award is named after Gerald H. Ritterbusch, retired director of standards and regulations at Caterpillar.
Mr. Unger was cited for playing a key role in building a strong set of principles and practices in the U.S. conformity assessment community. Through his work at A2LA, in a number of ANSI committees, and with other major laboratory accreditation organizations, he has made a tremendous impact on the efficacy of testing and calibration laboratories in the United States and abroad.
Among Mr. Unger’s most important contributions is his long-term efforts in the development and implementation of the ISO/IEC standards for accreditation. He has significantly enhanced the ability of laboratories to facilitate the volume and speed of trade at the national, regional and international levels.
A2LA is the largest multi-discipline accreditation body in the United States. It has been operating as a non-profit, public service membership society since 1978. A2LA provides accreditation to and training on the following international standards: ISO/IEC 17025 (testing/calibration), ISO/IEC 17020 (inspection bodies), ISO Guide 34 (reference material producers), ISO/IEC 17065 (product certification bodies), ISO/IEC 17043 (proficiency testing providers), and ISO 15189 (medical testing).