A2LA Celebrates 40 Years
2018 marks A2LA’s 40th year of making the world a better place through accreditation. The following highlights milestones throughout A2LA’s history.
- The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) was incorporated as a nonprofit (IRS Code 501C 3) on July 12, 1978.
- The first five laboratories were accredited on October 2, 1980.
- John Magnotti of MACO Associates in McLean, Virginia became the Executive Director
- Gladys Berchtold elected as Board Chair.
- John Locke became Executive Director on April 1.
- Peter Unger joined them at the beginning of June.
- John Locke was named President and the term Executive Director was dropped.
- The acronym, AALA, was changed to A2LA. The Association has been known as A2LA ever since.
- A2LA’s public training program is launched.
- First assessor conclave event is held to facilitate technical collaboration and provide continuing training.
- A2LA Calibration laboratory accreditation program launched.
- Chester Grant elected as Board chair
- A2LA recognized as one of two acceptable accreditation bodies by General Motors (GM)
- Roxanne Robinson joined the staff as a full-time scientific officer in Jan.
- A2LA signed the following bilateral Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs):
- HOKLAS, Hong Kong
- NATA, Australia
- TELARC, New Zealand
- Paul Schlecht elected Board chair
- MRA with Naval Sea Systems Command signed
- Inspection body program initiated
- William Roberts elected Board chair
- MRA for testing signed with Standards Council of Canada
- A2LA begins to offer quality management system registration to laboratories
- A2LA offered quality management system registration to laboratories briefly from 1994 to 1998, and was accredited by the Registrar Accreditation Board.
- MRA signed with SINGLAS, Singapore
- Pete Unger succeeds John Locke as President of the Association
- A2LA signs ILAC MOU with 43 other accreditation bodies
- Steve Bowser elected as Board chair
- NIST approves A2LA under Fastener
- Quality Act evaluation program, resulting in a record of 300 applications received for the year.
- A2LA is one of seven signatories to inaugural APLAC MRA
- The 1000th laboratory accredited by A2LA.
- A2LA becomes the fourth largest multi-discipline laboratory accreditation body in the world.
- Nine prominent leaders of the Association were named lifetime members: Roger Amorosi; Gladys Berchtold; John Blair; Chet Grant; Earl Hess; Les Huntley; John Locke; Carl Miller; and Leland Walker.
- A2LA Headquarters moved from Gaithersburg to Frederick, MD
- A2LA signed a bilateral mutual recognition agreement with European Accreditation (EA)
- A2LA submitted the first application to be evaluated by NACLA.
- Doug Berg elected as Board chair
- A2LA was one of 37 signatories from 28 economies to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement signed in October at the Washington, DC ILAC General Assembly meeting.
- First year of transition from ISO/IEC Guide 25 to ISO/IEC17025:1999.
- A2LA issued its first accreditations for proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.
- The Electro-Mechanical Advisory Committee (EMAC) was formed to develop guidance for electrical product testing, EMC, telecommunications and environmental simulation, bringing the total advisory committees to five.
- The searchable directory of all accredited organizations’ scopes of accreditation became available at www.A2LA.org.
- A2LA one of three signatories to inaugural NACLA MRA
- Pete Unger elected chair of Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC).
- A2LA signs the newly established Intra-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA)
- The transition to ISO/IEC 17025 replacing Guide 25 complete
- William Kavanagh elected as Board chair.
- A2LA issues 2,000th accreditation certificate
- A2LA proficiency testing provider accreditation program recognized by NELAC
- 5.3 month average turn-around from application to accreditation across all programs.
- A2LA withdrew from the NACLA MRA
- Pete Unger elected Vice Chair of ILAC for 2005 and 2006.
- A2LA performs 10,000th assessment
- Trevor Boyce elected as Board chair
- Key government stakeholders (NIST, NRC, FCC, and EPA) observed the re-evaluation of A2LA conducted jointly with APLAC, IAAC, and EA.
- Pete Unger re-elected as Vice Chair of ILAC.
- Roxanne Robinson elected to the APLAC Board of Management.
- The Board of Directors adopted a new vision for the organization: “To contribute to the quality and integrity of the testing, calibration and inspection industries by being the premier provider of accreditations accepted everywhere and by everyone.”
- The NIST National Conformity Assessment Systems Evaluation (NVCASE) program approved the A2LA accreditation program for Telecommunications Certification Bodies.
- A2LA celebrates 30th anniversary
- First medical laboratory accredited
- Woody Vogt elected as Board chair
- A2LA joins International Accreditation Forum (IAF)
- A2LA remains strong and weathers U.S. economic downturn
- Recognition from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to Accredit Environmental Testing Laboratories
- Trace McInturff elected as APLAC Technical Committee Chair
- Lancaster Laboratories celebrates 30 years of A2LA accreditation (Certificate 1.01)
- A2LA forensic examination accreditation program established.
- A2LA issues 3,000th accreditation
- A2LA recognized by EPA for accrediting ENERGY STAR testing laboratories and product certification bodies
- Michael Kesselmayer elected Board chair
- A2LA Assessor Conclave transitions to the A2LA Technical Forum and Annual Meeting
- First forensic examination laboratory accredited by A2LA
- Peter Unger elected chair of ILAC
- ILAC MRA expanded to include accreditation of inspection bodies
- A2LA Forensic Accreditation Program receives Deemed Status from the State of Maryland
- A2LA chosen as sole provider of FedRAMP accreditation
- Food Laboratory Alliance is formed with A2LA’s involvement and support
- Applications begun for newly published ISO/IEC 17065:2012
- Robert Whitehead elected Board chair
- APLAC MRA for accreditation of Proficiency Testing Providers signed
- A2LA CLIA Accreditation Program achieves deemed status from CMS
- Headquarters moved to President Courts in Frederick, MD
- Trace McInturff appointed to ISO CASCO Working Group 44 on the revision of ISO/IEC 17025:2005
- A2LA partners with AABB to offer clinical testing laboratories combined assessments
- A2LA accredits first forensic inspection body
- First A2LA CLIA accreditation granted
- Roxanne Robinson retires from the association
- Peter Unger takes the first step towards retirement, as he assumes the role of A2LA President Emeritus
- A2LA appoints Lonnie Spires to lead the Association as President/CEO
- A2LA’s Training program achieves IACET accreditation
- Trace McInturff elected to the APLAC Board of Management
- First Cannabis testing laboratory accredited, following a strong shift in United States’ policy
- A2LA Accredits First Organization in the NFPA Field Evaluation Body Accreditation Program
- A2LA issues its first ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for cannabis testing in the State of Washington
- A2LA accredits Brammer Standard Company, Inc. as the first organization in the United States to achieve accreditation to the newly released International Standard, ISO 17034:2016
- In June, A2LA was certified as a Great Place to Work
- First A2LA ISO 15189 Accreditation in South America
- A2LA Stakeholders Participates in Award-winning AOAC Working Group on Cannabis
- ISO/IEC 17025:2017 was approved and released on November 29
- In April, A2LA Issues First Accreditation to Newly Published ISO/IEC 17025:2017