American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

About A2LA


The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a nonprofit, non-governmental, public service, membership society. We are the only independent (meaning that we are not governed by another, "parent" organization), non-profit, internationally-recognized accreditation body in the United States that offers a full range of comprehensive laboratory and laboratory-related accreditation services and training. Services are available to any type of organization, be it private or government. All of our accreditation programs are based on internationally-accepted criteria for competence. In addition to the accreditation of laboratories, A2LA offers programs for the accreditation of inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certification bodies.

A2LA's Mission

Provide world-class accreditation and training services for testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certifiers. These and other future services should create stakeholder confidence in the quality, competence and integrity of all A2LA-accredited organizations and in their products and services.

A2LA's Vision

To be the premier provider of accreditations accepted everywhere and by everyone.

A2LA's Principles and Values

  • Uncompromising Integrity
  • Impartiality, Independence & Objectivity
  • Credibility
  • Continuous Improvement/Personal Renewal
  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Respect for Individual Dignity

A2LA Board of Directors

The Association is governed by its Board of Directors, which is elected by the Association Membership. The current A2LA Board of Directors includes:

  • Robert Whitehead (Chair) - ChemWare, Inc
  • David Evanson (First Vice Chair) - Evanson Microbiological Services, LLC
  • George Riley (Second Vice Chair)
  • David Fischer (Secretary) - Fischer Custom Communications, Inc
  • William Kogler (Treasurer)
  • Timothy Osborne (Chair, Criteria Council) - Trescal, Inc.
  • Niel Zuern (Chair, Accreditation Council) - Consultant
  • Michael Kesselmayer (Past Chair) - Professional Service Industries, Inc.
  • Helga Alexander - Southern Research Institute
  • Shahriar Amiri - Arlington County Government, VA
  • John Fitzpatrick - APR Energy
  • Bradley Goskowicz - Microbiologics
  • Mark Kellogg - Children's Hospital Boston
  • David Kilhefner - ERA "A Waters COmpany"
  • Paul Moliski - Intertek
  • Judith Morgan - ESC Lab Sciences
  • James Nokes - Microbac
  • R. Dan Reid
  • Eric Rieders - National Medical Services
  • Isabel Wright - Armacell LLC
  • Tony Youssef - Cisco
  • Francis Azzarto (Liaison) - General Electric Aircraft Engines
  • Tim Brooke (Liaison) - ASTM International
  • Charles Pixley (Liaison) - USDA FSIS LQAD
  • George Salem (Liaison) - US Food and Drug Administration
  • James Hostetler (Legal Counsel)