Guidance Docs for Laboratory-related Programs

Guidance Docs for Laboratory-related Programs

ANAB Guidance

ANAB Guidance Documents

Guidance on Scopes of Accreditation

Recommendations and guidance to assist ANAB assessors and accredited and applicant labs in drafting scopes of accreditation, and to allow adherence to both ILAC guidance documents and ANAB requirements, while helping standardize formats across the range of potential accredited tests and calibrations in the sphere of ISO/IEC 17025-accredited operations.

Guidance on Proficiency Testing/Inter-laboratory Comparisons

Intended to give ANAB customers, assessors, and experts the necessary understanding of proficiency testing/inter-laboratory comparisons to achieve and/or maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.

Guidance on Metrological Traceability

Guidance on traceability requirements for ANAB-accredited labs, which are required to demonstrate traceability for their reference standards and reference materials (in most cases includes measurement uncertainty).

Guidance on Uncertainty for Testing Laboratories

Testing laboratories are required to demonstrate traceability and measurement uncertainty as defined in this document.

Guidance on Uncertainty Reporting for Calibration Laboratories

Calibration laboratories are required to demonstrate traceability and measurement uncertainty as defined in this document.

Guidance on Measurement Uncertainty for Hand Tools, Hand Gages, and Scales/Balances Using a Modified NRC Uncertainty

Provides examples of uncertainty budgets for hand tools, hand gages, and scales and balances to help provide a better understanding of preparing an uncertainty budget. Not intended to encompass all the statistical treatments required for many uncertainty determinations. Designed to assist calculations in many of the simplest situations, not requiring statistical use of degrees of freedom for example.

Guidance on Statements of Compliance on Calibration Certificates

To assist calibration laboratories in determining and reporting customer-requested compliance to specifications on accredited calibration certificates. Also provides guidance to assessors in evaluating the appropriateness of reported statements of compliance by accredited and applicant labs.

Guidance on ISO Guide 34 Reference Material Producer Accreditation

Explains aspects of ANAB’s ISO Guide 34 RMP accreditation program. Intended to provide the necessary understanding of reference material producer competency and management issues to achieve, assess, and/or maintain accreditation to ISO Guide 34.

Guidance on ISO/IEC 17020 Inspection Body Accreditation

Lists examples and provides clarification on ANAB requirements for accreditation, proficiency testing/inter-laboratory comparisons for inspection bodies, on-site assessments (scope witnessing), and inspection body records.

Guidance on Use of the ANAB Accreditation Symbol and ILAC Laboratory Combined MRA Mark

ANAB issues symbols specific to each accreditation program to accredited organizations to indicate their accredited status. Only ANAB-accredited organizations are authorized to use these symbols.

Guidance for Classification and Assessment of Multi-site Laboratories

ISO/IEC 17025 applies to laboratories that perform tests and/or calibrations in the main lab and at other locations. In this document, the term on-site refers to tests and/or calibrations performed at the accredited organization or a third-party location.

Guidance on Surveillance and Reassessments

Establishes guidance on surveillance and reassessment activities and applies to all accredited and applicant laboratories.

ANAB Forensic Guidance

ANAB Forensic Guidance Documents

Guidance for Forensic Agencies Preparing for Accreditation, Reaccreditation, and Surveillance

Provides guidance for agencies seeking ANAB accreditation and can be used by agencies preparing for reaccreditation or surveillance.

Guidance on Scopes of Accreditation for Forensic Testing Agencies

To assist agencies in developing proposed scopes of accreditation to provide with their applications for accreditation and to encourage consistency in scopes of accreditation for agencies accredited by ANAB.

Guidance on ISO/IEC 17020 Accreditation for Forensic Inspection Agencies

Explains the differences between ANAB programs for ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 forensic accreditation and helps those interested in accreditation make informed decisions on which standard is appropriate. Also provides clarification on ANAB requirements for accreditation.

Guidance on Uncertainty and Traceability for Forensic Agencies

Designed for forensic agencies new to ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation, traceability, and measurement uncertainty (MU). ISO/IEC 17020 has requirements for traceability and uncertainty of measurements when relevant for inspection agencies.

Industry Guidance

Industry Guidance Documents

ILAC-G8, Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification

Guidelines for testing and calibration laboratories and their customers on the decision and reporting of compliance or non-compliance with specified requirements.

APLAC TC 004, Method of Stating Test and Calibration Results and Compliance with Specification

Based ILAC-G8, guidelines on the method for stating test and calibration results and compliance with specifications.

ILAC G9, Guidelines for the Selection and Use of Reference Materials

Short, simple, and user-friendly guide for laboratories and accreditation and certification bodies. Employing mainly VIM (1) and ISO (2) definitions, it is intended for the inexperienced and includes discussion and clarification of some poorly understood issues.

ILAC G18, Guideline for the Formulation of Scopes of Accreditation for Laboratories

Information on how to define the scope of accreditation and identify some criteria and ways of assessing the scope to provide practical guidance for an effective and harmonized application of relevant international standards.

ILAC R7, Rules for the Use of the ILAC MRA Mark

ILAC P10, ILAC Policy on the Traceability of Measurement Results

ILAC G17, Introducing the Concept of Uncertainty of Measurement in Testing in Association with the Application of ISO/IEC 17025

Describes how the concept of uncertainty of measurement in testing has changed recently and how it should be introduced with regard to current understanding. The main goal is harmonization of application between different disciplines, industry sectors, and economies.

ILAC P14, ILAC Policy for Uncertainty in Calibration

Addresses the estimation of uncertainty of measurement and its expression on calibration certificates of accredited laboratories.

APLAC TC 010, General Information on Uncertainty of Measurement

Geared toward customers of accreditation laboratories and meant to clarify the use and purpose of measurement uncertainty in making informed decisions and judgments.

APLAC TC 005, Interpretation and Guidance on the Estimation of Uncertainty of Measurement in Testing

Interpretation and guidance for various technical disciplines and intended for use by laboratory accreditation bodies and laboratories.

NISTIR 6919, Recommended Guide for Determining and Reporting Uncertainties for Balances and Scales

Provides service personnel with a method to identify and quantify the uncertainty components for scale and balance calibrations in both field and laboratory environments.

Eurachem CITAC Guide cG 4, Quantifying Uncertainty in Analytical Measurement

Detailed guidance for evaluation and expression of uncertainty in quantitative chemical analysis, based on the approach taken in the ISO Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM).

NIST SP 811, Guide of the Use of the International System of Units

Gives laboratories guidance on how to determine calibration intervals. Identifies and describes methods available for evaluation of calibration intervals.

ILAC P8, ILAC MRA: Supplementary Requirements and Guidelines for the Use of Accreditation Symbols and Claims of Accreditation Status

Developed to ensure a more uniform approach to use of accreditation symbols and the manner in which a laboratory may refer to its accreditation status and the ILAC MRA. Only statements that use the term "shall" are requirements (v. guidelines).

Selection, Use and Interpretation of Proficiency Testing Schemes

Guidance on establishing and managing a proficiency testing/ILC program. Applicable to all types of laboratories, general in nature, and easy to read and understand, with useful examples.

APLAC PT 003, Proficiency Testing Directory

Lists proficiency testing schemes and inter-comparisons available to laboratories in the Asia-Pacific region.

APLAC TC 002, Internal Audits for Laboratories and Inspection Bodies

Guidance on how to establish a program for internal audits. General in nature and can be adapted based on the size, scope, and structure of the organization.

APLAC TC 003, Management Review for Laboratories and Inspection Bodies

Guidance on how to establish a program for management review. General in nature and can be adapted based on the size, scope, and structure of the organization.

APLAC TC 007, Guidelines for Food Testing Laboratories

Guidance for APLAC members and their accredited laboratories on operation of food testing laboratories and their accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. Uses the same section heading and numbering system as ISO/IEC 17025.

IAF/ILAC A4, Guidance on the Application of ISO/IEC 17020

Guidance to inspection bodies on requirements of ISO/IEC 17020. Mandatory for all ANAB applicant and accredited customers.

NIST SP 960-12, Stopwatch and Tie Calibrations

NIST Recommended Practice Guide created to a fill a gap in the metrology literature. Assists the working metrologist or calibration technician by describing the types of stopwatches and timers that require calibration, specifications and tolerances of these devices, methods used to calibrate them, and estimated measurement uncertainties for each calibration method.

Guidance from Fluke Calibration Concerning Uncertainties Relevant to the Emissivity of Infrared Calibrators and Gauges

Good for not only calibration laboratories but also for the users of infrared guns and cameras.