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ANSI and ACLASS Announce Joint Accreditation Programs for Product Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, and Testing and Calibration Laboratories

Washington, DC, Aug 01, 2008

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board - ACLASS brand (ACLASS) announced today that the organizations have agreed to conduct joint assessments to promote the global recognition of services provided by product certification bodies, inspection bodies, and testing and calibration laboratories.

“Combining the assessment requirements of the ANSI and ACLASS accreditation programs provides a cost-effective, value-added resource to those organizations that are conducting multiple conformity assessment activities,” said Keith Greenaway, Vice President of ACLASS.

The joint programs are based on internationally-accepted standards and guidelines such as:

  • ISO/IEC Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems;

  • ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories; and/or

  • ISO/IEC 17020, General criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.

Via Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLAs) with regional and international bodies, accreditations issued by ANSI and ACLASS are recognized by peer organizations around the globe, thus eliminating the need for customers to pursue costly multiple assessments and reducing technical barriers to trade.

ANSI is a signatory of MLAs with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) for product certification bodies, and is a recognized accreditation body for the telecommunication certification activities under the NIST-NVCASE program.

ACLASS is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), and Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) MLAs for ISO/IEC 17025.

“The recognition of ANSI and ACLASS in both regional and global markets delivers a powerful layer of credibility to organizations seeking conformity assessment oversight,” said Roger Muse, ACLASS Director of Sales and Marketing.

About ANSI
ANSI is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is comprised of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. The Institute represents the diverse interests of more than 125,000 companies and organizations and 3.5 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and is a U.S. representative to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF). ANSI currently has offices in New York City and Washington, DC.

ACLASS, now an ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board company, provides laboratory accreditation for testing and calibration laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025, reference material producers (RMPs) to ISO Guide 34, and inspection bodies to ISO/IEC 17020.

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the U.S. accreditation body for management systems. ANAB accredits certification bodies for ISO 9001 quality management systems (QMS), ISO 14001 environmental management systems (EMS), ISO 27001 information security management systems, ISO 22000 food safety management systems, ANSI/AIHA Z10 occupational health and safety management systems, and numerous industry-specific requirements. ANAB is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and a signatory of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangements (MLAs) for QMS and EMS. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is the only U.S. accreditation body with both ILAC and IAF recognition.

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