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A2LA held its annual Technical Forum Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd in Reston, VA.
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently published FCC 16-74 “Memorandum Opinion and Order on Reconsideration” (released June 15, 2016), which extends the deadline for all laboratories who perform Certification and Declaration of Conformity (DoC) testing per the FCC rules to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The previous deadline to become accredited was set at July 13, 2016, but the FCC has now extended this for an additional one-year period – until July 13, 2017. As directed within publication 16-74, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has now also released a revised version of its Knowledge Database (KDB) publication “974614 D01 - Accredited Testing Laboratory Program Roles and Responsibilities” (v04).
In recognition of the need for international standards within the cannabis industry, ASTM International held an organization meeting at their headquarters in West Conshohocken, PA on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, with the intent of establishing a new Cannabis Committee. The meeting served as an open forum for all interested stakeholders to voice their ideas for the committee’s framework. It was well attended by approximately 70 individuals from a variety of expertise, including test labs, cultivators, packagers, independent consultants, trade groups, equipment manufacturers, and standards developers. ASTM staff provided exceptional education to the meeting participants by explaining the ASTM standards development process and outlining the background that lead up to the need for a Cannabis Committee.
A2LA is pleased to announce the selection of Lonnie Spires as its next Chief Executive Officer. Spires succeeds Peter Unger, who served as A2LA’s President and CEO for twenty years and continues to support the Association in his position as President Emeritus. Spires brings to the position over a decade of executive leadership experience across the testing and measurement community.
Since the previous issue of A2LA Today, the following individuals have achieved the status of “Staff Approved Lead Assessor” and have begun performing assessments for A2LA:
The 2017 A2LA Assessor of the Year award was presented to Mr. John Knicely on April 1, 2017. Previously the Lab Manager for Banks Brothers Corporation, located in Hagerstown, MD, John has extensive background in testing of rubber, foam, plastic and adhesive for the automotive industry.
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: