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NACLA Announces Annual General Meeting: “Market/Specifier Driven Accreditation in the U.S.”

NACLA press release

New York, Oct 18, 2006

The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) will hold its annual Forum-Annual General Meeting (AGM) on March 20 and 21, at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel, in Columbia, MD. The meeting theme is “Market/Specifier Driven Accreditation in the U.S.”

NACLA members and all individuals in the various stakeholder groups that NACLA serves are encouraged to attend this conference. All these groups will find value in the conference: industry, government, testing and calibration laboratories and accreditation bodies.

The Forum Program is now being developed. A major subject will be NACLA’s implementation of its restructured recognition program, a program which allows NACLA to serve its U.S. industry and government clients and specifiers more effectively and, at the same time, to continue assisting those U.S. accreditation bodies that desire international acceptance by way of the ILAC mutual recognition arrangement (MRA).

Other topics that will be addressed include: Problem Areas in Measurement Uncertainty; Ethical Issues for Laboratories and Accreditation Bodies; and Controlling the Use of an Accreditation Body’s Logo. During the AGM portion of the event, NACLA officials will discuss NACLA’s progress in the past year and its plans for 2007. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions of and offer suggestions to the NACLA leaders.

The preliminary program and registration form for the 2007 Forum-AGM will be available in December.

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