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NACLA Grants Recognition to Laboratory Accreditation Bureau


New York, Jan 05, 2005

The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has granted recognition to the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau's (L-A-B) accreditation program. The recognition is an attestation that L-A-B is a competent laboratory accreditation body (AB) that has demonstrated to a NACLA evaluation team that it complies with NACLA procedures and the international standard for a competent AB (ISO/IEC Guide 58).

L-A-B was established in 1999 to provide laboratory accreditation services to independent and captive testing and calibration laboratories. It has accredited more than 250 laboratories serving the needs of the automotive industry and other sectors of the economy.

Headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN, L-A-B is the seventh organization that has been recognized by NACLA. The other six are the American Industrial Hygiene Assn. (AIHA); the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA); the International Accreditation Service (IAS); the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP); Forensic Quality Services - International (FQS-I); and the Performance Review Institute's Nadcap program. The scopes for which these ABs are recognized may be found on the NACLA web site (www.nacla.net).

NACLA is a private-sector not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia, with offices in Orlando, FL and Arlington, VA. NACLA's primary mission is to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies and to grant recognition to those ABs found to be in compliance with NACLA procedures and the relevant international standards for competent ABs. (NACLA itself does not accredit laboratories.) NACLA also provides educational and training opportunities to persons interested in laboratory accreditation.

Futher information about NACLA will be found at www.nacla.net.

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