American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

Domestic Recognition of A2LA Programs

Recognition of A2LA programs includes formal written agreements between A2LA and users of accredited services, officially documented endorsements of A2LA programs, and informal acceptance between A2LA and various parties. Below are listed the Federal agencies, State agencies, municipalities and private sector parties with whom A2LA has some type of formal written agreement of recognition or documented endorsement.

Federal Agencies:

  • As of March 25, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved A2LA as an Accreditation Organization for the accreditation of clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) for all specialty and subspecialty areas under CLIA. CMS grants this "deeming authority" to an Accreditation Organization if its requirements for laboratories accredited under its program are equal to or more stringent than the applicable CLIA program requirements in 42 CFR Part 493. A2LA's program requirements were found to meet or exceed the applicable CLIA requirements and, as a result, A2LA has been granted "deeming authority" by CMS.
  • A2LA has been approved to offer ISO/IEC 17020 assessment and accreditation to Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Third Party Accreditation Organizations (3PAOs) under the FedRAMP Concept of Operations (CONOPS).
  • The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) formally recognizes A2LA as a laboratory accreditation body working in cooperation with the EPA National Lead (Pb) Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) to accredit lead (Pb) testing laboratories.
  • The EPA has released the ENERGY STAR for Computers Verification and Testing Guidelines and Procedures Manual Version 1.0. This document contains the specific verification testing guidelines and procedures for conducting product testing of computers. According to the document, in order to conduct verification testing to determine whether the computer products meet the ENERGY STAR Program Requirements for Computers Version 5.0, laboratories must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The accreditation body must be a signatory to an internationally-recognized mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) such as ILAC. As A2LA is a full member signatory of the ILAC MRA, A2LA meets the EPA requirement for accrediting bodies.
  • The EPA requires all products bearing the WaterSense label to be independently certified by a certification body who has been accredited by one of the approved accreditation bodies, of which A2LA is one. This certification provides consumers with confidence in both the water efficiency and performance of WaterSense labeled products.
  • The U.S Federal Aviation Administration recognizes A2LA as an "evaluation authority" as specified in ASTM C1077 "Standard Practice for Laboratories Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Laboratory Evaluation", Sections. 3.1.1.1 and 11, and as a "national authority" as specified in ASTM D3666, "Standard Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials", Section 8.1.5, Note 8.
  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that manufacturers and suppliers of personal computers and computer peripherals who intend to use a "Declaration of Conformity" on their products have the products tested by an accredited Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory. A2LA is one of the approved accreditation bodies under this program. Laboratories seeking to be listed with the FCC by virtue of their A2LA Electrical (EMC) accreditation must also meet the technical requirements contained in FCC Part 15 and 47 CFR parts 2 & 15.
  • The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation National DNA Index Systems (NDIS) Procedures Board approved the designation of A2LA as an accrediting agency under the United States Federal DNA Identification Act (42 U.S.C. 14132). As a designated agency, A2LA, through its Forensic Accreditation Program, is now recognized to accredit laboratories performing DNA anlyses on DNA samples obtained from identified subject(s) for the purposes of entering the resulting DNA profile or DNA record into a DNA database as well as laboratories performing DNA analyses on known or casework reference samples considered evidence by that laboratory. In addition, A2LA is approved to perform biennial audits to the FBI Quality Assurance Standards in accordance with FBI QAS, Section 15.2, which requires that, at least every two years, an external audit be performed.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally listed A2LA as competent to accredit testing laboratories to meet the technical requirements for acceptance by European Union Member State Governments under the EMC Annex of the U.S. - E.U Mutual Recognition Agreement.  NIST has also listed A2LA as an authorized body under the provisions of Phase I of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) TEL MRA.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recognized A2LA to accredit testing laboratories under the USGv6 Test Program. This program requires that laboratories performing testing of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) products for use in the United States government be accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory, such as A2LA.
  • The Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, in a letter and attached safety evaluation report (SER) issued to the Arizona Public Service Company, approved a requested change to the quality assurance (QA) program of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2 and 3.  The change provides for acceptance of A2LA accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 as a means of qualifying calibration laboratories to provide commercial-grade calibration services to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.  The accreditation process is accepted in lieu of a supplier audit, commercial-grade survey, or in-process surveillance.
  • NIST/NVCASE has listed A2LA for accreditation of product certification bodies that certify products related to telecommunications equipment. This listing enables A2LA PCBs to certify that specified telecommunication equipment satisfies designated foreign or domestic government regulatory requirements. A2LA's Scope of Recognition through NIST/NVCASE includes the following regulatory requirements:
    • FCC Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Program
    • Industry Canada under the APEC TEL MRA Phase II
    • Singapore's Info-Communications Development Authority (IDA) under APEC TEL MRA Phase II
    • Hong Kong's Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) under the APEC TEL MRA Phase II
    • Japan's Telecommunication Business Act and Radio Law (MIC) under US-Japan MRA.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard has developed criteria to be used by its Life Saving & Fire Safety Division for the acceptance of independent laboratories that conduct initial and follow-up testing of lifesaving and fire protection equipment and materials that require Coast Guard approval. ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from an accreditation body who is a full member of ILAC (such as A2LA) is required for acceptance of testing under the International Maritime Organization(IMO) Fire Test Procedure (FTP) Code.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published notices in the Federal Register regarding accreditation requirements for third party laboratories that are testing in conformance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 for lead in paint, cribs, pacifiers, small parts, and children's jewelry. According to these publications and the CPSIA, all products currently subject to the lead in paint regulation at 16 CFR 1303, all cribs subject either to 16 CFR 1508 or 1509, all pacifiers subject to 16 CFR 1511, small parts subject to 16 CFR 1501, and children's jewelry subject to the 600 ppm and 300 ppm lead content limits, must be tested by a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) who is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA).
  • The U.S. Navy has placed wording within their NAVAIRINST 2400.20 Instruction to ensure that MIL-STD-461 Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) qualification testing is conducted by public or private laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The instruction further specifies that the accreditation of such a testing laboratory shall be issued by an accreditation body operating in according with ISO/IEC 17011 and shall be an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).
  • The U.S. Navy has entered into a Navy Calibration Cooperative Agreement with A2LA. Under this agreement, the Navy approves and accepts accreditations from calibration laboratory accreditation bodies headquartered in the U.S. and recognized by a laboratory accreditation cooperation such as APLAC and ILAC. A2LA is recognized by and is a signatory to both APLAC and ILAC.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) relies on the ILAC MRA to implement the DoD ELAP laboratory accreditations. A2LA has been recognized by the DoD ELAP to provide accreditation for environmental testing laboratories that perform testing in support of the DoD environmental restoration programs at DoD operations, activities, installations, including government-owned, contractor-operated facilities and formerly-used defense sites (FUDS).
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): Under specific requirements based upon the European Union's Regulation (EC) 1774/2002, pet food production facilities must be approved by APHIS. APHIS is now approving laboratories based upon their A2LA accreditation. As a result, test reports required to be submitted in EU pre-inspection packages or with EU certificates may come from laboratories accredited by A2LA.
  • The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has published a Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulances, KKK-A-1822F Change Notice 3.  Section 4 of this specification now states that the first production vehicle shall be tested and certified to KKK-A-1822F by an independent testing lab approved by the Government.  Approval criteria for the independent testing lab include accreditation by an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).

State Agencies:

  • Alaska
    The State of Alaska, in Title 18 (Environmental Conservation), Chapter 78 (Underground Storage Tanks), Article 8 (Underground Storage Tank Laboratory Approval), 18 AAC 78.800 (Approval Requirements), Section (d), requires use of PE samples from a proficiency testing provider accredited by A2LA.
  • California
    The Structural Materials Testing Branch of the Office of Structural Materials for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has issued on 9/15/11 qualification requirements for independent testing laboratories that perform testing on reinforcement splicing for Caltrans. One of these requirements is that such testing labs be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for specific tests.
  • Florida - Building Commission
    The State of Florida Building Commission has formally recognized A2LA accredited laboratories as meeting the requirements for testing laboratories that conduct tests on products related to its new system for product approval under the new Florida building code.  The new system is meant to ensure that safe products and technologies are used in building construction and also to encourage new products and technologies that can increase safety or meet safety requirements through less expensive means.  Criteria has been established for approval of public and private entities that test, evaluate and certify panel walls, exterior doors, roofing products, skylights, windows, shutters and structural components as well as new and innovative building products.  This approval may be obtained through either local jurisdictions for local approvals or the Florida Building Commission for statewide approval.
  • Florida
    The State of Florida in Statute Title XXIX (Public Health), Chapter 381 (General Provisions), Section 895 (Standards for compressed air used for recreational diving) states that compressed air used for recreational sport diving in the State, including compressed air provided as part of a dive package of equipment rental, dive boat rental or dive boat charter must be tested by a laboratory accredited by A2LA.
  • Georgia
    A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an agreement between the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and A2LA.  The purpose of this MOU is to formally recognize A2LA as a laboratory-accrediting agency for commercial laboratories, accredited by A2LA for environmental tests, to be recognized as approved under the EPD’s Rules for Commercial Environmental Laboratories.
  • llinois
    The State of Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, in its Guidelines and Specifications for the Green Cleaning School Act (105 ILCS 140), states that schools may procure and use non-pre-qualified cleaning supplies as long as the manufacturer or distributor of those supplies provides qualification of environmental sensitivity by providing the Council with independent documentation verifying that the products meet the criteria of at least one of the Green Seal standards or EcoLogo standards. The verification must come in the form of testing data provided by one or more independent third-party laboratories that are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Kentucky
    Under Kentucky statute KRS 224.60-130(2)(a), the Office of the Petroleum Storage Tank Environmental Assurance Fund has established criteria to accredit laboratories that contract with owners or operators of underground storage tanks (UST) to perform analytical testing related to Kentucky's underground storage tank program. All UST owners and operators are required to have certainty types of analytical testing performed at an A2LA accredited laboratory to be eligible for Fund participation, pursuant to statute 415 KAR 1:140. This program covers certain parameters and methods as noted in the specific program requirements and falls under A2LA's Environmental program. This program was initiated in 1999.
  • Maryland - Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) recognizes A2LA as a deemed accreditation body under the State of Maryland in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10, Subtitle 51 Forensic Laboratories. (http://dhmh.maryland.gov/ohcq/ForLabs/default.aspx)  As a deemed accreditation body by the DHMH, forensic laboratories that are regulated under the Maryland Forensic Regulations can seek out accreditation services from A2LA and/or continue using A2LA as an accreditation body.
  • Maryland - Department of State Police
    The State of Maryland, Department of State Police, Office of the State Fire Marshal has recognized A2LA as an accreditation body for accrediting testing laboratories that perform work for the State of Maryland.
  • Massachusetts
    The State of Massachusetts, in Subsection (b) of Section 8 of Chapter 278A of the General Laws, recognizes ILAC MRA signatory accreditation bodies (such as A2LA) for the accreditation of laboratories performing forensic and scientific analyses.
  • Minnesota
    On October 1, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health published an approved list of assessment organizations for their Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. A2LA is included on this list of approved assessment organizations.
  • New Mexico
    A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and A2LA whereby the State of New Mexico will certify laboratories to perform compliance testing for drinking water samples based on the laboratories' A2LA accreditation.
  • North Carolina
    Under North Carolina Article 4, Chapter 114.16.1, formally referred to as “The Forensic Sciences Act of 2011,” the general assembly of North Carolina has established criteria for the admissibility of forensic analysis as evidence in courts of law. A forensic analysis, to be admissible in accordance with these requirements, shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing.  Additionally, the analysis of DNA samples and typing results of DNA samples and the chemical analysis of blood or urine shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing. 
  • Ohio
    The Ohio Board of Building Standards has listed A2LA as an approved accreditation body in Appendix P of Ohio Building Code 222. Laboratories accredited by OBC-approved accreditation bodies are to be used by certified building departments whenever the OBC requires the testing, inspection, labeling or grademarking of materials or assemblies. In addition, an update to OBC Section 114 now recognizes testing and calibration laboratories, product certification bodies and inspection bodies that have been accredited by an ILAC MRA or IAF MLA signatory (such as A2LA).
  • Washington
    The State of Washington references A2LA in its Procedural Manual as an acceptable third party accreditation program for non-potable water testing laboratories.
  • Wyoming
    Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) Storage Tank Program Policy Number 35 requires that laboratories performing work for the program must be A2LA accredited under the "Wyoming Storage Tank Remeditation (STR) Laboratory Accreditation Program Requirements." The scope of the program covers specific EPA methods for laboratories that are registered with the State of Wyoming and authorized to do business in Wyoming. To be certified by the LAUST Remediation Program to perform analytical testing related to the program, laboratories must provide evidence of their current accreditation from A2LA to the WDEQ/WQD.
  • Texas - Department of Health
    The Texas Department of Health now recognizes accreditations granted by A2LA to laboratories performing preparation and analysis of mold associated with mold-related activities that affect indoor air quality.
  • Texas - Department of Public Safety and Corrections
    A2LA has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Corrections as a "Recognized Accreditation Body" for the accreditation of laboratories performing forensic analysis of physical evidence for use in a criminal proceeding in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 28, Subchapter 1 - Accreditation.

Municipalities:

  • City of Houston
    In Standard General Requirement Section 01454, the City of Houston specifies that laboratories testing to the latest issues of ASTM standards, TxDOT methods or other recognized test standards must be accredited by A2LA.
  • HarrisCounty, Texas
    The Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, Engineering Division has published its "Regulations of Harris County, Texas for the Approval and Acceptance of Infrastructure", which specifies in Section 2 that laboratories accredited by A2LA in the field of construction materials testing are acceptable for the purposes of meeting the published regulations.
  • Port of Houston Authority (POH) (Houston, TX)
    The POH "Contract for Construction Materials Engineering and Inspection Services" requires testing and inspection laboratories that perform geotechnical services under this contract to be accredited by A2LA.
  • Nevada (Clark County)
    The Department of Development Services, Building Division of Clark County, NV has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies.  Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC).  The Clark County Department of Development Services, Building Division then amplifies the requirements through technical bulletins and the Building Administrative Code (BAC). Clark County also requires special inspection agencies doing business within its jurisdiction to be accredited by an approved, nationally recognized accrediting body, such as A2LA.
  • New York City Department of Buildings
    The New York City Department of Buildings has recognized A2LA's program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies, as detailed on their website. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The NYC Department of Buildings also has specific technical requirements which form part of A2LA's accreditation program in this area.
  • New York City Department of Buildings
    The New York City Department of Buildings, Office of Technical Certification and Research has also recognized A2LA's program for accrediting concrete construction materials testing laboratories to ASTM C1077, C1093 and E329-97.

Private Sector Parties:

  • Automotive Industry
    A2LA is formally recognized by GM as an approved third party laboratory accreditation body that suppliers to GM may use in order to meet the requirements of General Motor's GP-10 accreditation program.
    • ISO/TS 16949, clause 7.6.3.2, states that suppliers to automotive manufacturers subscribing to ISO/TS 16949 must purchase testing and calibration services from providers who are acceptable to the customer or who are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 or a national equivalent.
  • United States Golf Association
    A2LA's Putting Green Materials Testing Program for soils and turf is formally recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
  • Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)
    SEI administers third-party certification programs to test and certify a broad range of safety and protective products.  Safety and protective products certified by SEI must periodically undergo compliance testing to specified standards at independent testing laboratories that have been evaluated and awarded contracts by the SEI Board of Directors.  In an effort to minimize redundant assessments, SEI has agreed to rely on the laboratory's A2LA assessments in place of SEI evaluations.  The agreement between A2LA and SEI was signed on May 7, 2002.  SEI is accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65: 1996 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
  • Bluetooth
    A2LA has signed an MoU with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Bluetooth has established a Qualification Program to test and qualify products using Bluetooth wireless technology to be certified as Bluetooth compliant pursuant to the specifications for such Products as determined by Bluetooth. As part of the Qualification Program and according to the Bluetooth Qualification Program Reference Document, the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB) administers the recognition of Facilities as Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF's), based on accreditation by A2LA. Laboratories seeking to be recognized under this program in the Electrical field of testing must meet the additional program requirements of the Bluetooth SIG.
  • Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA)
    A2LA is recognized by the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA) to provide laboratory accreditation services in support of CTIA's certification program to verify conformance of wireless products to established industry standards.
  • SBC
    SBC has issued SBC-TP-76200 Network Equipment Power, Grounding, Environmental and Physical Design Requirements, Issue 5, which formally recognizes A2LA for the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) testing laboratories.
  • Aerospace Industry
    • Boeing:  Boeing’s document, D1-4226 (NADCAP Information Revision EJ) under the heading “Exceptions When NADCAP Accreditation is Not Required” states:  “NADCAP accreditation for MTL is not required for companies holding ILAC recognized accreditations for the applicable test methods.”

    • General Electric (GE):   With the incorporation of ISO 17025 in S-400, GE allows more flexibility in the approval process.  Subsequent to initial approval by GE, a laboratory can get recertified for GE work by (1) a GE on site audit, (2) a SNECMA or AIRBUS audit, (3) an ISO 17025 performed per GE additional requirements by NADCAP recognized accreditors, e.g., A2LA, etc., or (4) a PRI-NADCAP audit. 

    • Hamilton Sundstrand:  Has made a formal announcement to waive their NADCAP mandate for material test labs accredited by A2LA.

    • Pratt & Whitney:  Has made a formal announcement to waive their NADCAP mandate for material test labs accredited by A2LA.

    • Sikorsky: Sikorsky's Approved Source List (ASL) contains a statement recognizing A2LA as an alternative to NADCAP. The A2LA accreditation covers eleven specific testing disciplines along with the general requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and calibration laboratories. Special Process Laboratory Suppliers designated by Approved Source List Note 7, may now use the A2LA accreditation as a direct substitute to NADCAP certification.
  • ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
    The 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code III, Subsection NCA: General Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 - Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components specifies the acceptance of accreditation by A2LA or other ILAC MRA signatories for calibration laboratories.
  • Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC)
    The RMTC has specified in its "Laboratory Accreditation Requirements and Operating Standards", Version 2.1, January 2011 that laboratories seeking to become recognized under their program must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a full signatory to the ILAC MRA (such as A2LA).
  • The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a proficiency testing accreditor (PTPA). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI requirements and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields of proficiency testing.
  • Gaming Standards Association (GSA)
    GSA recognizes A2LA as qualified to accredit laboratories to perform GSA standards conformance testing. Labs participating in the GSA Certification Program must be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) that meets the requirements detailed in the GSA Certification Program Guide.