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ANAB Accreditation and Forensic Reform in Mexico


A recent article in The Police Chief magazine details how ANAB accreditation is part of efforts to reduce crime rates and violence in Mexico.


Federal Government Advocates for Certification-Accreditation Infrastructure


OMB Circular A-119 reinforces the importance of government use of voluntary standards and the existing infrastructure for conformity assessment.

Allergan Control Group Announces Requirements for ANAB Accreditation


ACG published requirements for recognized Gluten-Free Certification Program CBs to transition to ANAB accreditation.

Comments Sought on ANAB-ASCLD/LAB Requirements


The public comment period for ANAB-ASCLD/LAB accreditation requirements for forensic science testing and calibration laboratories closes December 9, 2016.

Myanmar TV Story on ANAB Lab Accreditation


Myanmar TV featured a story about the country's Pharmaceutical Chemistry Lab seeking ANAB accreditation.

What is Accreditation and How Does It Relate to Competence of Field Evaluation Bodies?


Accreditation, with a focus on field evaluation bodies, is discussed by ANAB's Natalia Larrimer in a recent issue of IAEI Magazine.

Nebraska Crime Lab Attains Dual Accreditation


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Services Division Crime Lab became the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska with a CSI unit dual accredited by ANAB.

QuEST Forum Academy Webinar: The Science Behind an Accredited Certificate


ANAB’s Natalia Larrimer will be the speaker for a December 6 webinar on “The Science Behind an Accredited Certificate.”

ANAB-ABFT Alliance


ANAB will administer the ABFT accreditation program on behalf of the ABFT under a new strategic alliance between ANAB and ABFT.


ANAB Signs IAAC MLA for Medical Devices


ANAB is now a signatory of the IAAC MLA for accreditation of medical devices management systems certification bodies.

Internal Auditing to ISO/IEC 17025 in Spanish


ANAB will offer its popular "Internal Auditing to ISO/IEC 17025" class in Spanish December 13-15, 2016, in Tepotzotlan, Mexico.

ANAB Offers Accreditation for Gluten-Free Certification


ANAB now offers accreditation for CBs providing audits and certification of management systems meeting the requirements of the Gluten-Free Certification Program.

ASQ International Conference on Quality Standards


ASQ's International Conference on Quality Standards will be held November 14-15, 201, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Don't Fear Accreditation: Medical Examiner Workshop


"Don't Fear Accreditation" is a July 26 workshop for medical examiners.

Training for NEFAP FSMOs


TNI will offer a “Scared Straight – Ensuring Competency for Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations” workshop on June 13.


ANAB and NAME Form Strategic Alliance


ANAB and NAME have formed a strategic alliance whereby ANAB will administer the NAME accreditation program on behalf of NAME.

Risk-Taking for Auditors


Exemplar Global and Psychological Consultancy Limited will host a free webinar on “Assessing the Risk-Taking Nature of Auditors” on June 1 at 1:00 pm EDT.

ANAB and ASCLD/LAB Merge Operations


ANAB has signed an affiliation agreement with the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, merging ASCLD/LAB into ANAB.


IAAC Approves ANAB for Food Safety and Information Security


ANAB is now a member of the IAAC MLAs for accreditation of food safety and information security management systems certification bodies.

ANAB dba L-A-B Launches Accreditation for DoD Program for Munitions Clean Up


ANAB dba L-A-B offers accreditation for geophysical testing organizations for the DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP).

UW-Madison Announces Asset Management Courses


The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development announced upcoming courses on asset management.

ANAB Offers Training for Cannabis Testing Labs


ANAB's “Accreditation for Cannabis Testing Laboratories” three-hour webinar starts at 1:00 pm ET on on May 10, 2016.

EPA Finds Recycling Standards Well Implemented


An EPA study found the certification programs for electronic waste recyclers are being implemented by auditors with thorough knowledge of the standards.

Government to Embrace Existing Standards and Certification-Accreditation Infrastructure


OMB directs government agencies to rely on existing standards and infrastructure for certification and accreditation instead of duplicating private-sector efforts.

Randy Long Quality Digest Article


An L-A-B study on noncompliances during ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation assessments found the most cited clauses were found in section 5.4.

Change in Management of SEP Accreditation Program


ANAB will assume management responsibilities for the ANSI/MSE 50021 Superior Energy Performance verification body accreditation program.

Assuring Success Scheme


IIOC launched it Assuring Success scheme, featuring videos on ISO 9001, ISO 14401, and generic assurance services

ANAB Acquires L-A-B


ANAB has acquired Accreditation Services Bureau, d.b.a. Laboratory Accreditation Bureau.

ANAB DOs and DON'Ts Webcast


A new ANAB webcast covers the DOs and DON'Ts of internal audit and management review.

ANAB-accredited Organization Aids Chipotle


In the wake of an E. coli outbreak, Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a new food safety initiative, led by the chief executive of ANAB-accredited IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group.

ANAB Offers ISO/IEC 17020 Webcast


A new ANAB webcast provides an introduction to ISO/IEC 17020 accreditation for inspection bodies.

ANAB's Bencivenga on Forensic Standards


ANAB Accreditation Manager Pat Bencivenga explains which standards are standard for forensic agencies in a recent article for Forensic Magazine.

ANAB Accredits Arlington, TX, PD Crime Scene Unit


The Arlington, TX, Police Department Crime Scene Unit has earned ANAB accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020.

Energy Star in Congressional Crosshairs


An article in the October 2015 issue of Consumer Reports details efforts by congressional leaders to weaken the Energy Star program, under which products are identified by a distinctive logo to help consumers identify energy-efficient models.

ANAB Offers First IFS Food Store Inspection Accreditation in Americas


ANAB now offers the first accreditation program to the new IFS Food Store third-party retail inspection standard in the Americas.

World Accreditation Day Seminar


ANAB and ANSI will hold a free webinar to celebrate World Accreditation Day 2015 on June 9.

New Requirements for DoD ELAP


ANAB is implementing new requirements for the DoD Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.

DHS Recognizes ANAB for P25 CAP


ANAB is recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as an accrediting body for the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program.

June 9 is World Accreditation Day


This year's World Accreditation Day will be celebrated worldwide on June 9.

June 9 is World Accreditation Day 2015


World Accreditation Day 2015 will be celebrated June 9 with the theme "Supporting the Delivery of Health and Social Care."

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board to Move to Single ANAB Brand


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is moving from the current ANAB, ACLASS, and FQS brands to the single ANAB brand in 2015.

ACLASS Recognized for Ohio Building and Residential Codes


ACLASS is now recognized to accredit testing and calibration laboratories and inspection agencies for the Ohio Building and Residential Codes.

ACLASS Accredits USP Lab in Ghana


The Center for Pharmaceutical Advancement and Training, launched in Ghana by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention to promote access to good quality medicines, has received ACLASS ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation.

Greenaway Named to Quality Committee for Forensics


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has appointed Keith Greenaway to serve on the Quality Infrastructure Committee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Greenaway is Vice President of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. The committee will hold its first meeting in August 2014.

ACLASS and FQS Sign APLAC MRA for Proficiency Testing


ACLASS and FQS have signed the Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) for proficiency testing. The signing ceremony took place in conjunction with the 20th APLAC General Assembly and Technical Meetings held in Guadalajara, Mexico. ACLASS and FQS are among eight initial signatories of the MRA for proficiency testing

The Difference Between Accreditation and Certification


The brochure Securing Testing, Measurement or Calibration Services - The Difference Between Accreditation and Certification is now available on the ILAC website under the Governments and Regulators listing.

Free World Accreditation Day Webinar


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will sponsor a free webinar from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 9, to mark the U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day 2014.

Greenaway Quoted on Change in Forensic Science


Keith Greenaway, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board's vice president of ACLASS and FQS, is quoted in the cover story "Forcing Change in Forensic Science" in the May 12, 2014, issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

Minnesota Requires Crime Lab Accreditation


Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that requires crime laboratories in the state be accredited to test drugs or conduct other forensic analysis. Labs have until July 2015 to begin the accreditation process.

ACLASS Recognized as Accreditor for MN ELAP


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has been approved as a qualified assessment organization for the state of Minnesota. ACLASS can now perform onsite assessments for the Minnesota Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MN-ELAP).

FQS Accredits Baltimore Police Department Crime Lab


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/FQS has accredited the Baltimore (MD) City Police Department to two international standards. The Laboratory Section is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025, the standard for laboratory accreditation, and the Mobile Unit is accredited to ISO/IEC 17020, the standard for inspection bodies.

ILAC-IAF Release World Accreditation Day 2014 Video


ILAC and IAF have released a promotional video to support World Accreditation Day 2014.

World Accreditation Day 2014


World Accreditation Day will be commemorated on June 9, 2014, with a focus on the role accreditation plays in providing confidence in the provision of energy. The importance of the theme is set out in a joint statement by Randy Dougherty and Pete Unger, chairs of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), respectively.

DC Forensic Science Lab Earns Accreditation


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board has accredited the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) of the District of Columbia's Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) to ISO/IEC 17025.

ACLASS Recognized for NELAP Services


The NELAC Institute (TNI) has posted information on its website about how to become an accredited laboratory.

Food Safety News: Accreditation's a Trend for Food Labs


Accreditation is a growing trend for food labs, according to a Food Safety News article. The article reports that although estimates indicate less than five percent of U.S. food testing labs are accredited to international standards, implementation of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) could rise sharply.

Communique Clarifies ISO/IEC 17020 Relationship with ISO 9001


ILAC, IAF, and ISO have published a joint communiqué clarifying the relationship between ISO 9001 and the management systems requirements of ISO/IEC 17020. The document is available to download from the ILAC and the IAF websites.

ACLASS Supports DoD Environmental Cleanup Efforts


ACLASS serves the needs of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractors in their efforts to clean up former military munitions installations.

FL Publishes FAQ on NELAC-TNI Assessments


Florida has published FAQs to help with the transition to contract assessments of certified laboratories in the state's Environmental Laboratory Certification Program.

Combined ILAC MRA Mark Not Yet Available for Inspection


ILAC is working on updating ILAC licensing agreements to allow accredited inspection bodies to use the Combined ILAC MRA Mark but the process is taking longer than expected.

Importance of ISO/IEC 17025 for Labs


An opinion piece in the latest issue of Food Safety News discusses the importance of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for testing laboratories and refers to ACLASS-accredited Exact Scientific Services, based in Washington state.

June 9 is World Accreditation Day!


World Accreditation Day 2013 will be celebrated around the globe on June 9. This year's theme - Accreditation: Facilitating World Trade - was selected because it is relevant in both developed and developing economies.

Accreditation, Safe Food, and Clean Water


How can we be confident that the food we eat is safe and the water we drink is clean?

ACLASS and FQS Sign International Cooperation Agreement for Inspection


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board d/b/a ACLASS and FQS has signed the Asia-Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) for inspection.

ACLASS Recognized as Accreditor for TNI SSAS Providers


The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS as an accrediting organization for TNI's Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Program.

ACLASS Accredits First EPA Lead Lab


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has granted its first accreditation under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).

ACLASS-FQS-ANAB Video Featured at ASQ Conference


A brief video about the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board was featured on ASQ TV at ASQ's World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

Plano Police Department CSI Video on Accreditation


The Plano, Texas, Police Department Crime Scene Investigation Unit, which was recently accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/FQS, has produced a video explaining why it sought FQS accreditation. Plano's Crime Scene Investigation Unit is the first law enforcement agency in the continental United States to attain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 for forensic inspection.

World Accreditation Day Focuses on Food and Water


This year's World Accreditation Day, to be celebrated June 9, will focus on how accreditation supports the availability of safe food and clean drinking water. The theme for the celebration is "Accreditation - Supporting Safe Food and Clean Drinking Water."

NIST to Host Free Conformity Assessment Workshop


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a free public workshop on best practices in federal conformity assessment activities April 11, 2012, at NIST's Gaithersburg, MD, site.

FQS Accredits Puerto Rico Law Enforcement Agency


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/FQS has accredited the Forensic Science Institute of Puerto Rico, making it the first law enforcement agency in the Americas to become accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 for forensic inspection.

ACLASS Provides Accreditation for Smart Grid Electrical Devices


APSP Requires Testing by Accredited Lab


The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP), an ANSI-accredited standards developer, has indicated that spa manufacturers in the United States intending to meet the requirements of ANSI/APSP 14 will need to ensure that all testing is done by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory.

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board Acquires FQS


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board has acquired Forensic Quality Services, Inc. (FQS), expanding the company's range of conformity assessment services to include accreditation of forensic testing agencies.

ANAB and IAAR Invite Input to All-Stakeholder Survey


Does accredited conformity assessment meet the needs of consumers of the products and services of certified organizations? In hopes of finding out, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ANAB and the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars (IAAR) have launched an all stakeholder survey for the management systems conformity assessment industry.

ACLASS Offers Accreditation for Special Inspection Agencies


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board has expanded its accreditation areas to include Special Inspection Agencies, with specifics targeted to New York City.

Board Member is Milwaukee CFO of the Year Winner


Charles (Chuck) Stadler, who serves as treasurer on the board of directors of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, is among the winners of The Business Journal's 2011 CFO of the Year awards. Stadler was recognized for his work as chief financial officer of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc., Milwaukee.

ACLASS Gains TNI NEFAP Recognition


ACLASS has been granted preliminary TNI NEFAP recognition to perform accreditation of Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (FSMOs) for sampling and testing as defined in the TNI FSMO Standards Volumes 1 and 2.

ACLASS’s Greenaway Speaks on Food Safety Modernization Act


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides accreditation services to public- and private-sector organizations in the areas of management systems, laboratories, inspection, reference material producers, proficiency test providers, product certification, and personnel certification.

June 9 is World Accreditation Day 2011


EPA to Require Accreditation For Field Sampling Measurement Organizations


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published the Policy to Assure Competency of Laboratories, Field sampling, and Other Organizations Generating Environmental Measurement Data Under Agency-Funded Acquisitions.

ACLASS-Accredited Labs Invited to Participate in HSF Mark Testing


ACLASS-accredited laboratories are invited to participate in the Hazardous Substance Free (HSF) Mark Consortium testing activities and help define how to manage the testing process.

TNI Recognizes ACLASS as Accreditor for Proficiency Test Providers


The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS as an accrediting organization for proficiency test (PT) providers that provide PT samples to laboratories under TNI's National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP).

EPA Recognizes ACLASS for NLLAP


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS as a laboratory accrediting organization working in cooperation with the EPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program.

ACLASS Signs Agreement with Japan on EMC Testing


ACLASS has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Japan's General Incorporated Foundation VCCI Council (VCCI) that allows ACLASS-accredited testing laboratories to be recognized in Japan for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing.

Historical Agreement for ILAC, IAF, and IEC


The International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have signed an agreement to help reduce the cost, time and complexity of reassessment of testing laboratories and certification bodies accredited by ILAC and IAF member accreditation bodies (ABs).

20 Years of Accredited Management Systems Certification


To fully understand how the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board came to be, you have to go back to 1957. Read the full story.

ACLASS, ANSI Provide Joint ENERGY STAR Accreditation


ACLASS and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) are launching a joint program to provide dual accreditation for their respective ENERGY STAR programs. Certification bodies can now receive accreditation from ACLASS and ANSI through the joint program rather than applying separately to each organization's program.

EPA Recognizes ACLASS for Energy Star® Accreditation


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized ACLASS to provide accreditation for laboratories that perform product testing in support of Energy Star product test methods and requirements. ACLASS is identified as an EPA-recognized accreditation body for Energy Star on the EPA website.

Pilot Program for ISASecure Embedded Device Security Assurance Certification Announced


ACLASS and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have launched a pilot accreditation program based on requirements of the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) ISASecure™ Embedded Device Security Assurance (EDSA) certification program.

Improvements for ENERGY STAR Label


The ENERGY STAR labels on appliances and electronics should soon be more reliable, as reported in the July 2010 issue ofConsumer Reports.

World Accreditation Day 2010


"Global Acceptance" is the theme of World Accreditation Day 2010, a global initiative jointly established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

ANSI and ACLASS Offer Joint Assessments


In response to strong client interest, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board's ACLASS brand have teamed up to offer clients a new globally recognized service: ANSI-ACLASS joint assessments that incorporate standards requirements from both ISO/IEC Guide 65 (for product certification bodies) and ISO/IEC 17025 (for lab accreditation).

Standards Announced for Private Sector Preparedness


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement of adoption of standards for the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification (PS-Prep) program marks a major milestone.

ACLASS Earns Federal Communications Commission Recognition


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS to accredit laboratories that perform testing of telecommunication equipment subject to FCC rules.

ACLASS Offers Environmental Labs Accreditation to Multiple Standards in Single Process


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS now offers environmental laboratories the opportunity to become accredited to TNI Volume 1 and additional standards through a single accreditation process.

NIST Recognizes ACLASS for IPv6


ACLASS is recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to accredit testing laboratories under the USGv6 Testing Program.

ACLASS Gains Recognition by NIST


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has added ACLASS to the list of U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies that...

ACLASS Now Provides DoD ELAP Accreditation


ACLASS is now recognized to provide accreditation for the U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.

ACLASS Accreditation Meets Coast Guard Approval


Laboratories conducting testing of equipment and materials that require U.S. Coast Guard approval must be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by an ILAC member or a body recognized by NACLA.

ACLASS to Accredit Testing Labs for New Children's Products Requirments Issued by U.S. CPSC


ACLASS will begin accrediting testing laboratories under new Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements for the safe manufacture of children's products.

ACLASS Offers Accreditation to ENERGY STAR Computer Specification Test Methods


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS is now offering accreditation to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR computer specification test methods.

ACLASS Accredits First Inspection Body


The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has awarded its first accreditation certificate for ISO/IEC 17020, the international standard for inspection bodies, to Damarc Quality Inspection Services LLC. Damarc is a boiler/pressure vessel inspection agency based in Dresser, WI.

Should Laboratories be Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 or Certified to ISO 9001?


When selecting a supplier to fulfill your testing, calibration, or measurement needs, you must be sure that they can supply you with accurate and reliable results.