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NACLA Announces Operational Changes

New York, Aug 10, 2006

The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA), a not-for-profit organization established to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies, has announced operational changes that will provide a more customer-focused evaluation system to U.S. regulators, specifiers, laboratories and accreditation bodies.

Under the new system, the organization will no longer require bodies seeking NACLA recognition to sign a mutual recognition arrangement (MRA), a contract that imposes an equivalent set of procedural requirements among signatories. NACLA will continue to offer assistance to accreditation bodies wishing to participate in regional and international MRAs. All existing NACLA recognitions will remain in effect.

NACLA will now offer evaluation and recognition services to all U.S. accreditation programs in the public and private sectors. The NACLA evaluation process will continue to be based on international and national standards, but will be more specifically tailored to respond to U.S. market needs.

“NACLA leaders believe that the re-engineered program will bring increased benefits to all NACLA stakeholders: government, industry, laboratories and accreditation bodies,” explained Reinaldo Figueiredo, program director of product certification accreditation at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and a member of the NACLA Board of Directors.

Further information can be found at A roster of NACLA-recognized accreditation bodies and the scopes of accreditation services for which they are recognized are also posted.

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