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A2LA is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). What does this mean?
An accreditation body's acceptance into the ILAC MRA or IAF MLA is dependent upon their being successfully evaluated by peers from other accreditation bodies in accordance with relevant rules and procedures contained in ILAC or IAF publications. Each accreditation body that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA or IAF MLA commits to:
The ILAC MRA and IAF MLA have been structured to build on existing and developing regional MRAs and MLAs established around the world. Regional cooperation bodies that operate a regional MRA/MLA are responsible for coordinating peer evaluations and, thereby, maintaining confidence in the accreditation bodies that are signatories to the regional MRA/MLA.
Currently, the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA), the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) are the only ILAC-recognized regional cooperation bodies for the ILAC MRA. The European Cooperation for Accreditaiton (EA), the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) are the only IAF-recognized regional cooperation bodies for the IAF MLA. This means that the MRA/MLA process and evaluation procedures of EA, IAAC, APLAC and PAC have been peer evaluated by ILAC and/or IAF and have been deemed to meet ILAC and/or IAF requirements. Recognized regional cooperation bodies are re-evaluated on an on-going basis over a 4 year period (i.e., all aspects of the regional cooperation body’s operation must be evaluated at least once every 4 years). A2LA is a signatory to the regional APLAC & IAAC MRAs.
In addition to ILAC MRA and IAF MLA signatory status, A2LA enjoys many domestic recognitions. Please visit here to learn more about these domestic recognitions.
Additionally, the National Institute for Standards and Technology /National Voluntary Conformity Assessment Systems Evaluation (NIST/NVCASE) performs periodic evaluations of A2LA and has listed A2LA as a recognized accreditation body in the following areas: