The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) announced today its acquisition of Assured Calibration and Laboratory Accreditation Select Services, LLC (ACLASS). As the U.S. accreditation body for management systems, ANAB broadens its range of conformity assessment services to include accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, and reference material producers.
“The added expertise of ACLASS enables ANAB to further our mission to be a value-added, cost-effective provider of accreditation services,” said Robert H. King, president of ANAB. “Expanding our services puts ANAB in an even better position to increase the recognition of accreditation nationally and worldwide.”
A joint partnership of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ), ANAB is a global leader in the accreditation of certification bodies (CBs) for ISO 9001 quality management systems (QMS), ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS), and other industry-specific certification programs. With the acquisition of ACLASS, ANAB adds to its existing programs the accreditation of laboratories (to ISO/IEC 17025), inspection bodies (to ISO/IEC 17020) and reference material producers (to ISO Guide 34).
“ACLASS’ scope complements the suite of services offered by ANSI and ASQ,” said Lane Hallenbeck, vice president of accreditation services at ANSI. “We are very pleased to broaden our portfolio to meet evolving customer needs.”
“Combining ANAB and ACLASS programs adds value to conformity assessment services not only to our customers, but also to U.S. industry in general,” agreed Keith Greenaway, ACLASS president.
ACLASS is recognized by international and regional accreditation bodies such as the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), and the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). These multilateral recognition arrangements facilitate the acceptance of test and calibration data between ACLASS accredited laboratories and others in the international community, reducing duplicative costs for importers and exporters on a global scale.
“Lab accreditations will now be under the same ANSI and ASQ parentage as management systems accreditations,” explained King. “The same strong customer service focus and robust experience that we have offered to ANAB’s constituents will carry through to our new contacts in the laboratory, inspection body, and reference material industries – as well as the industries they serve.”
ANAB is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and a signatory of the IAF multilateral cooperative arrangements (MLAs) for QMS and EMS. Through the IAF MLAs and the Multilateral Cooperative Accreditation Arrangement, ANAB cooperates with other accreditation bodies around the world to provide value to its accredited CBs and their clients, ensuring that accredited certificates are recognized nationally and internationally. The global conformity assessment system ensures confidence and reduces risk for customers engaging in trade worldwide.
For more information about ANAB, visit www.anab.org.
For more information about ACLASS accreditation, visit www.aclasscorp.com.