Technical Advisory Committees

A2LA establishes Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) for certain fields or program areas when advice from existing standards development organizations and industry committees would benefit from elaboration.

Each TAC provides advice on the development of program requirements and the application of particular clauses of the international conformity assessment standards (e.g., ISO/IEC 17025, ISO/IEC 17020, etc.) for particular fields and/or programs to ensure transparency to the conformity assessment bodies (i.e., the organizations that A2LA accredits) and to assure a consistent assessment approach. A set of bylaws is established and approved by the A2LA Criteria Council to govern the operation of each TAC. The chairperson of each TAC becomes an automatic member of the Criteria Council and each TAC reports to the Criteria Council.

Participatory membership is open to all who meet the established membership rules within the TAC bylaws. TACs are normally composed of technical directors, quality managers, assessors, government agency representatives, industry users, and non-voting A2LA staff.

Face-to-face meetings are scheduled at least once a year and are held during the annual A2LA Technical Forum and Annual Meeting, but many advisory committees meet in the interim via conference call or web conferencing.

Decisions reached by TACs may result in program requirements or technical consensus decisions that provide clarity to existing standards through policies, limitations, or exceptions.

Active A2LA Technical Advisory Committees

 

Construction Materials Advisory Committee (CMAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the CMAC is the development of accreditation guidelines for construction materials, geotechnical, and putting green materials testing laboratories, as well as for inspection bodies. The committee also addresses the issues and concerns related to any proficiency testing providers that are relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, with other organizations, and with individuals in the subject area, so that duplication of effort is minimized.

CMAC Chair: John Murphy
A2LA Staff Contact - Michael Hart (301 644 3237; mhart@A2LA.org)

Electromagnetic Advisory Committee (EMAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the EMAC is the development of accreditation guidelines, positions, and recommendations for electrical, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), product safety, telecom, environmental simulation [e.g., vibration, acceleration, rain, salt and moisture exposure, dust, thermal and humidity cycling, thermal and vibration shock, high/low temperature, low pressure (altitude), contamination by fluids, solar radiation (sunshine), fungus, explosive atmosphere, immersion, acoustic noise, life cycle/durability etc.], software, wireless, bluetooth, specific absorption ratio (SAR), electro-mechanical functional and characteristic (e.g., dielectric, strength, resistance, etc.), and stress (e.g., highly accelerated life test and stress simulation, stress screening, etc.) testing.

The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited product certification bodies and proficiency testing providers that are relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject areas, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized. The committee, as coordinated with or requested by A2LA, represents A2LA to various groups with a stake in the standards-development process (e.g., FCC, NVCASE, ISO, Bluetooth SIG, CCF, CTIA, IEC, IEEE, EIA, ISA, IPC, SAE, NAVAIR, ELAWG, ACIL).

The A2LA EMAC also discusses and reaches consensus on how relevant technical methods, procedures, protocols, techniques, and/or guidelines within the scope of the EMAC bylaws are to be interpreted and assessed. The list of current EMAC consensus items may be accessed from the link above. Please check back periodically for updates to this list, as these represent how A2LA assessors will assess to the technical items listed.

EMAC Chair: Dan Sigouin
A2LA Staff Contact - Megan Riebau (240 575 7492; mriebau@A2LA.org)

Forensic Examination Advisory Committee (FEAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the FEAC is the development of accreditation and assessment guidelines in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17020 requirements and any other requirements that are applicable for organizations performing testing or inspection-related activities where the result of those activities will be used in civil and criminal proceedings. The committee addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited proficiency testing providers and reference material producers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

The A2LA FEAC also discusses and reaches consensus on how relevant technical methods, procedures, protocols, techniques, and/or guidelines within the scope of the FEAC bylaws (A2LA A119) are to be interpreted and assessed. The list of current FEAC consensus items may be accessed from the link above. Please check back periodically for updates to this list, as these represent how A2LA assessors will assess to the technical items listed.

FEAC Chair: Aaron Brudenell
A2LA Staff Contact - Brittney Bryant (240 575 6407; bbryant@A2LA.org)

Inspection Body Advisory Committee (IBAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the IBAC is the development of accreditation and assessment guidelines, positions, and explanations of relevant standards and recommendations to A2LA in the area of inspection body accreditation. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized. The committee, as coordinated with or requested by A2LA, represents A2LA to various groups with a stake in the standards development process (e.g., FedRAMP, ICC).

IBAC Chair: Patrice Siravo
A2LA Staff Contact - Beth Carbonella (301 644 3219; ecarbonella@A2LA.org)

Life Sciences Advisory Committee (LSAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the LSAC is the development of accreditation guidelines for biological, chemical, and environmental laboratories. The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited product certification bodies, proficiency testing providers, and reference material producers relevant to its scope. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

LSAC Chair: Bradley Stawick
A2LA Staff Contact - Stephanie Adams (240 575 7489; sadams@A2LA.org)

Materials Testing Advisory Committee (MTAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the MTAC is the development of accreditation guidelines for testing laboratories performing the following types of materials and product testing: mechanical, chemical, nondestructive, thermal, electrical, transportation, and fasteners. The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited product certification bodies and proficiency testing providers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, with other organizations, and with individuals in the subject area, so that duplication of effort is minimized.

The A2LA MTAC also discusses and reaches consensus on how relevant technical methods, procedures, protocols, techniques, and/or guidelines within the scope of the bylaws of the MTAC (A2LA A110) are to be interpreted and assessed. The list of current MTAC consensus items may be found by accessing the link above. Please check back periodically for updates to this list, as these represent how A2LA assessors will assess to the technical items listed.

MTAC Chair: Linda DeWitt
A2LA Staff Contact - Nathan Reed (301 644 3231; nreed@A2LA.org)

Measurement Advisory Committee (MAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the MAC is to develop guidelines and provide guidance related to calibration, measurement traceability, measurement uncertainty, dimensional inspection, reference materials, and measurement audits (proficiency testing). The committee addresses the issues and concerns related to any proficiency testing providers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, with other organizations, and with individuals in the subject area, so that duplication of effort is minimized.

The A2LA MAC also discusses and reaches consensus on how relevant technical methods, procedures, protocols, techniques, and/or guidelines within the scope of the bylaws of the MAC are to be interpreted and assessed. The list of current MAC consensus items may be found in P109 - Technical Consensus Decisions from the Measurement Advisory Committee. Please check back periodically for updates to this list, as these represent how A2LA assessors will assess to the technical items listed.

MAC Chair: Luke Hards
A2LA Staff Contact - Ashly Carter (301 644 3238; acarter@A2LA.org)

Medical Testing Advisory Committee (MedTAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the MedTAC is the development of accreditation and assessment guidelines for medical testing laboratories in accordance with the ISO 15189 and current CLIA requirements and any other applicable requirements. The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited proficiency testing providers and reference material producers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

MedTAC Chair: Yi-Wei Tang
A2LA Staff Contact - Carrie Whitaker (240 575 7490; cwhitaker@A2LA.org)

Product Certification Advisory Committee (PCAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the PCAC is the development of accreditation and assessment guidelines, positions, applications of relevant standards, and recommendations in the area of product certification. The committee, as coordinated with or requested by A2LA, represents A2LA to various groups with a stake in the standards development process (e.g., FCC, EPA, DOE, SGIP, IEC, ASTM). Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

PCAC Chair: Thomas Dickten
A2LA Staff Contact - Jordan Acton (240 575 7496; jacton@A2LA.org)

Proficiency Testing Provider Advisory Committee (PTPAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the PTPAC is to provide guidance on the development of accreditation requirements for proficiency testing providers. The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited proficiency testing providers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

PTPAC Chair: Daniel Tholen
A2LA Staff Contact - Jason Poore (301 644 3205; jpoore@A2LA.org)

Reference Materials Producer Advisory Committee (RMPAC)

For consensus items related to this advisory committee, please check your customer portal or reach out to the A2LA Staff Contact.

The scope of the RMPAC is to provide guidance on the development of accreditation requirements for reference material producers. The committee also addresses issues and concerns related to any accredited reference material producers relevant to its scope of work. Project selection for this committee is coordinated with other A2LA advisory committees, as appropriate, and with other organizations and individuals in the subject area, so that unnecessary duplication of effort is minimized.

RMPAC Chair: Kelly Black
A2LA Staff Contact - Jason Poore (301 644 3205; jpoore@A2LA.org)