A2LA hosted its 2019 Technical Forum last weekend in Reston, VA. The event gathered over 400 attendees, including A2LA assessors, accredited organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss the state of the accreditation industry and to engage in professional development related to conformity assessment.
A2LA Today l September 2017 l Number 136 By Tim Osborne, A2LA Senior Director of Training Services
A2LA held its annual Technical Forum Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd in Reston, VA.
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CASCO ISO/IEC 17025 WG44 held its second drafting group (DG) meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on May 1 - 3, 2017 at the NRC office. 18 delegates were in attendance. A2LA was represented by Trace McInturff, Senior Director, Accreditation Services. The objective of this DG was to pre-scan the comments collected during the ballot on the ISO/IEC DIS 17025 and make observations and proposals to the entire working group (WG), to facilitate its work in the upcoming WG meeting 6. This meeting will take place 10 - 12 July 2017 at the ISO office in Geneva, Switzerland to complete the DIS comment review to produce ISO/IEC FDIS 17025. The illustration below displays where we are in the process:
Although the name of the conference may imply otherwise, this was not a conference on gemstones. A2LA CEO, Lonnie Spires, and A2LA Biosafety Program Manager, Roger Brauninger, traveled to San Diego, California on February 2-4, 2017 to attend and exhibit at the 3rd annual “Emerald Cannabis Conference” sponsored by Emerald Scientific. The 2017 event theme was “Exploring the Science of Cannabis.” The 3rd annual conference attempted to focus on the issues of hard cannabis science and a significant number of the participating organizations were A2LA-accredited. Session topics included “Science and Horticultural Practice” and “Analytical Testing and Sample Schemes.” Many speakers advocated the use of accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 in their presentations, including Cindy Ludwig of AOCS, Shawn Kassner of Neptune, Jahan Marcu of ASA and Sue Audino, A2LA assessor.
CASCO Working Group (WG) 44 held its fifth meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on 20-23 September 2016 at the ISO headquarters. Forty-One delegates and nineteen liaison members were in attendance plus eight additional members via Webex.