FREDERICK, Md. (PRWEB) November 21, 2017
A2LA has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP) to provide accreditation to commercial analytical environmental laboratories. These laboratories are assessed based on their ability to provide services in a manner that is technically defensible and legally compliant, based on established contractual and applicable regulations, and in a manner protective of human health and the environment.
"A2LA is proud of this recognition as it is added to the various large government entities that place trust in the third-party accreditation process. A2LA assessments of commercial environmental analytical laboratories will provide DOE’s program managers with confidence that they are receiving high-quality, defensible data," said Chris Gunning, A2LA Accreditation Manager.
Under DOECAP, approximately 30 facilities each year are assessed by DOE staff. Beginning in the first quarter of 2018, DOECAP assessments will be performed only by approved third-party assessment bodies such as A2LA. Accreditation in this program includes an assessment to the requirements found in ISO/IEC 17025:2005, the 2009 TNI standard, and the DoD/DOE Consolidated Quality Systems Manual for Environmental Laboratories (QSM). All laboratory program participants are expected to transition to third-party accreditation no later than December 31, 2018, unless separate arrangements are made with the Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU). A2LA stands prepared with qualified staff and assessor resources who are trained and knowledgeable in the DOECAP requirements, to ensure an effective and efficient transition for all program participants.
For more information on the A2LA DOECAP program, to obtain an estimate for your laboratory, or to inquire about transferring your current DOECAP accreditation to A2LA please contact Mr. Chris Gunning, Life Sciences Accreditation Manager (cgunning@A2LA.org; 240 575 7481).
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally-recognized accreditation services and training to testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certifiers.