“The expansion of A2LA’s ILAC recognition to include ISO 17034 will elevate the importance of producing quality reference materials internationally." - Scott Poore, Accreditation Supervisor, A2LA
FREDERICK, Md. (PRWEB) July 29, 2020
A2LA has been a signatory of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) since 2000 and has now extended their signatory status to include reference material producers (RMPs) under the standard ISO 17034. This means that A2LA’s ISO 17034 accreditation program is internationally recognized and has been confirmed to meet ILAC’s globally accepted criteria. The extension was finalized on July 23, 2020 and is the sixth A2LA accreditation program recognized by ILAC.
A2LA’s accreditation program for RMPs was already recognized by the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) under their mutual recognition arrangements, making A2LA’s accreditation of RMPs accepted in dozens of countries. Recognition by the ILAC MRA, however, extends the acceptance of accredited RMPs to a truly global status. Part of A2LA’s ongoing mission is to increase the value of accreditation for customers, consumers, and the entire ecosystem of industries that rely on accreditation, and this new recognition further affirms A2LA’s commitment to quality.
“The expansion of A2LA’s ILAC recognition to include ISO 17034 will elevate the importance of producing quality reference materials internationally,” said Scott Poore, Accreditation Supervisor at A2LA. “This will ensure that the outputs of any organizations who utilize reference materials will have another layer of assured quality and competency in their work product. This in turn improves the quality of any and all organizations they service. This is another big step forward towards A2LA’s goal of achieving a better world through accreditation.”
For more information about the ILAC MRA and its signatories, visit ILAC.org. More information about A2LA’s Reference Materials Producers Accreditation Program and other accreditations within their ILAC MRA scope, visit A2LA.org
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally recognized accreditation services and training to testing and calibration laboratories, sampling organizations, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers, biobanking facilities, and product certifiers. Founded in 1978, A2LA is one of the largest and most recognized accreditation bodies in the world, and is committed to a culture of quality, integrity, community, accountability, and leadership.