Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- As of March 25, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved A2LA as an Accreditation Organization for the accreditation of clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) for all specialty and subspecialty areas under CLIA. CMS grants this "deeming authority" to an Accreditation Organization if its requirements for laboratories accredited under its program are equal to or more stringent than the applicable CLIA program requirements in 42 CFR Part 493. A2LA's program requirements were found to meet or exceed the applicable CLIA requirements and, as a result, A2LA has been granted "deeming authority" by CMS.
Bermuda Minister of Health
- Bermuda Minister of Health recognizes A2LA as a Public Health (Clinical Laboratories) Accreditation Body and placed A2LA on the list of approved accreditation bodies as listed in Bermuda Public Health (Clinical Laboratories) (Accreditation Bodies) Notice 2008. As such, Bermuda clinical laboratories can seek accreditation through A2LA for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) formally recognizes A2LA as a laboratory accreditation body working in cooperation with the EPA National Lead (Pb) Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) to accredit lead (Pb) testing laboratories. Laboratories seeking to be listed on the NLLAP approved list must comply with the additional Environmental Lead (Pb) Program Requirements.
- A2LA is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an accreditation body for Product Certification Bodies wishing to certify products for the EPA ENERGY STAR Program, as well as being recognized as an accreditation body for testing laboratories wishing to test products for this program. In January 2011, the EPA implemented a major overhaul to the ENERGY STAR program, and began requiring third-party certification of all products which were to receive the ENERGY STAR mark. Certification Bodies wishing to be recognized by the EPA are required to gain and maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012 from an IAF-MLA signatory accreditation body located in North America. Testing laboratories wishing to be recognized for product testing services must either hold accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 through a recognized accreditation body, or be part of a recognized certification body’s Witnessed Manufacturer’s Test Lab (WMTL) or Supervised Manufacturer’s Test Lab (SMTL) program. A2LA is one of a select few accreditation bodies recognized to offer product certification accreditation for the ENERGY STAR program, and is the only American accreditation body which can offer testing (ISO/IEC 17025) and product certification (ISO/IEC 17065) assessments in a ‘one-stop-shop’ setting.
- The EPA requires all products bearing the WaterSense label to be independently certified by a certification body who has been accredited by one of the approved accreditation bodies, of which A2LA is one. This certification provides consumers with confidence in both the water efficiency and performance of WaterSense labeled products.
- The EPA has approved A2LA to accredit EPA regional laboratories that perform analyses on public drinking water. Drinking water certification will only be issued for analyte/method combinations specifically approved in the Code of Federal Regulations for compliance monitoring. The referenced Code of Regulations may be found at the following link:
- The EPA has approved A2LA to accredit Product Certification Bodies which certify levels of formaldehyde in wood products in accordance with 40 CFR Part 770 for the U.S. EPA TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification program. Additionally, the EPA approved A2LA to accredit Testing Laboratories who wish to test the level of formaldehyde in wood products in support of the EPA Third-Party Certifiers. More detailed requirements and guidelines for those intending to become and EPA TPC or a supporting Testing Laboratory can be found at www.ecfr.gov by searching out the appropriate Title and Part numbers (“40 CFR Part 770”).
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- The U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes A2LA as an "evaluation authority" as specified in ASTM C1077 "Standard Practice for Laboratories Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Laboratory Evaluation", Sections. 126.96.36.199 and 11, and as a "national authority" as specified in ASTM D3666, "Standard Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials", Section 8.1.5, Note 8.
- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 14CFR145.109, Part (b) – Equipment Materials and Data Requirements, states that “a certified repair station must also ensure all test and inspection equipment and tools used to make airworthiness determinations on articles are calibrated to a standard acceptable to FAA (such as through an NMI).” To meet this requirement, the FAA accepts equipment calibrated by a calibration laboratory that is accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory accreditation body (such as A2LA).
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National DNA Index Systems (NDIS) Procedures Board has approved the designation of A2LA as an accrediting agency under the United States Federal DNA Identification Act (42 U.S.C. 14132). (http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/lab/biometric-analysis/codis/codis-and-ndis-fact-sheet) As a designated agency, A2LA, through its Forensic Accreditation Program, is recognized to accredit laboratories performing DNA analyses on DNA samples obtained from identified subject(s) for the purposes of entering the resulting DNA profile or DNA record into a DNA database, as well as laboratories performing DNA analyses on known or casework reference samples considered evidence by that laboratory. In addition, A2LA is approved to perform biennial external audits to the FBI Quality Assurance Standards in accordance with FBI QAS, Section 15.2, which requires that, at least every two years, an external audit be performed.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that manufacturers and suppliers of certain electrical equipment, who intend to use a “Declaration of Conformity” on their products, must have the products tested by an accredited Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory. Examples of devices subject to DoC include, but are not limited to Class B personal computers and peripherals, CB receivers, super-regenerative receivers and TV interface devices. A2LA is one of the approved accreditation bodies under this program. Laboratories seeking to be accepted by the FCC by virtue of their A2LA Electrical (EMC) accreditation must also meet the technical requirements contained in 47 CFR (FCC) Parts 2, 15 & 18.
- A2LA has been approved to offer ISO/IEC 17020 assessment and accreditation to Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Third Party Accreditation Organizations (3PAOs) under the FedRAMP Concept of Operations (CONOPS).
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has published a Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulances, KKK-A-1822F Change Notice 3. Section 4 of this specification now states that the first production vehicle shall be tested and certified to KKK-A-1822F by an independent testing lab approved by the Government. Approval criteria for the independent testing lab include accreditation by an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).
- The U.S. Military has specified A2LA in various military standards, specifications, handbooks, documents and requirements, such as those related to Transparent Armor.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-4 which specifies the performance and quality standards that small wind turbines must meet in order to qualify for the 30% investment tax credit and which requires that small wind turbine models be certified by a third-party accredited by A2LA.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally recognized A2LA as competent to accredit testing laboratories to meet the technical requirements for acceptance by European Union Member State Governments under the EMC Annex of the U.S. - EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. NIST has also recognized A2LA as an authorized body under the provisions of Phase I of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) MRA.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally recognized A2LA as competent to accredit product certification bodies for telecommunication equipment. The scope of recognition includes: (Ramona Saar, MC 125128)
a. United States: Federal Communication Commission's Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Program as described in FCC Report & Order 98-338 (GEN Docket 98-68), Public Notice DA 99 1640, and the FCC TCB Roles and Responsibilities document.
b. Canada: Innovation, Science and Economic Develop (ISED) requirements as described in CB-01 and CB-02 documents under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
c. Singapore: Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA formally IDA) requirements as described in IMDA MRA REC SCHEME document under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
d. Hong Kong: Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) requirements as described in the OFCA 1 421 (12) Hong Kong Telecommunications Equipment Evaluation and Certification (HKTEC) Scheme document under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
e. Japan: Telecommunication Business Act and Radio Law (MIC) under US-Japan MRA.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recognized A2LA to accredit conformity assessment bodies seeking Notified Body (NB) status for the European Union EMC and Radio Equipment Directives. A2LA currently offers accreditation for NBs under the following conformity assessment standards: ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17020, and ISO/IEC 17025.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recognized A2LA to accredit testing laboratories under the USGv6 Test Program. This program requires that laboratories performing testing of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) products for use in the United States government be accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory, such as A2LA. )
The NELAC Institute (TNI)
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a proficiency testing accreditor (PTPA). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI requirements and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields of proficiency testing.
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a National Environmental Field Accreditation Program Accreditation Body (NEFAP AB). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI requirements and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields for the accreditation of Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (FSMO).
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a Non-Governmental Accreditation Body (TNI NGAB). By virture of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI environmental laboratory standards and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields for the accreditation of environmental testing laboratories.
The Stack Testing Accreditation Council, Inc.
- The Stack Testing Accreditation Council, Inc. (STAC) has signed an agreement to exclusively rely on A2LA to provide assessment services to Air Emission Testing Bodies (AETBs) seeking accreditation to the ASTM D7036 Standard Practice for Competence of Air Emission Testing Bodies, or ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and/or the TNI FSMO Volume 1 Standard.
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
- The Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, in a letter and attached safety evaluation report (SER) issued to the Arizona Public Service Company, approved a requested change to the quality assurance (QA) program of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2 and 3. The change provides for acceptance of A2LA accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 as a means of qualifying calibration laboratories to provide commercial-grade calibration services to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The accreditation process is accepted in lieu of a supplier audit, commercial-grade survey, or in-process surveillance.
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
- The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 14-05, Revision 1 “provides an approach for licensees and suppliers of basic components to use laboratory accreditation by Accreditation Bodies that are signatories to the…ILAC…MRA [such as A2LA]…in lieu of performing commercial-grade surveys for procurement of calibration and testing services performed by domestic and international laboratories accredited by signatories to the ILAC MRA.”
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to publish notices in the Federal Register regarding accreditation requirements for third party laboratories that are testing in conformance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. According to these publications and the CPSIA, children’s products and their mandatory safety rules (currently listed on the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/Business--Manufacturing/Testing-Certification/Lab-Accreditation/Rules-Requiring-Third-Party-Testing) must be tested by a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) who is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA).
- The U.S. Navy has placed wording within their NAVAIRINST 2400.20 Instruction to ensure that MIL-STD-461 Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) qualification testing is conducted by public or private laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The instruction further specifies that the accreditation of such a testing laboratory shall be issued by an accreditation body operating in according with ISO/IEC 17011 and shall be an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).
- The U.S. Navy has entered into a Navy Calibration Cooperative Agreement with A2LA. Under this agreement, the Navy approves and accepts accreditations from calibration laboratory accreditation bodies headquartered in the U.S. and recognized by a laboratory accreditation cooperation such as APLAC and ILAC. A2LA is recognized by and is a signatory to both APLAC and ILAC.
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) relies on the ILAC MRA to implement the DoD ELAP laboratory accreditations. A2LA has been recognized by the DoD ELAP to provide accreditation for environmental testing laboratories that perform testing in support of the DoD environmental restoration programs at DoD operations, activities, installations, including government-owned, contractor-operated facilities and formerly-used defense sites (FUDS).
- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP) has recognized A2LA to provide accreditation for CABs that perform testing for detection of underground munitions. The goal of DAGCAP is to ensure appropriate quality control measures are in place to satisfy both DoD project managers and regulators.
U.S. Department of Energy
- The U.S. Department of Energy has adopted the requirement that testing on specific lighting product types “must be conducted by test laboratories accredited by an Accreditation Body that is a signatory member to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).” A2LA is an ILAC MRA signatory.
- The U.S. Coast Guard has developed criteria to be used by its Life Saving & Fire Safety Division for the acceptance of independent laboratories that conduct initial and follow-up testing of lifesaving and fire protection equipment and materials that require Coast Guard approval. ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from an accreditation body who is a full member of ILAC (such as A2LA) is required for acceptance of testing under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Fire Test Procedure (FTP) Code.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): Under specific requirements based upon the European Union’s Regulation (EC) 1774/2002, pet food production facilities must be approved by APHIS. APHIS is now approving laboratories based upon their A2LA accreditation. As a result, test reports required to be submitted in EU pre-inspection packages or with EU certificates may come from laboratories accredited by A2LA.
- In its General Provisions, the World Organisation for Animal Health now requires diagnostic tests for aquatic animals to be carried out by laboratories accredited by a signatory (such as A2LA) to the ILAC MRA.
The State of Alaska, in Title 18 (Environmental Conservation), Chapter 78 (Underground Storage Tanks), Article 8 (Underground Storage Tank Laboratory Approval), 18 AAC 78.800 (Approval Requirements), Section (b), to obtain approval of the laboratory, the laboratory manager must submit (2) a valid certification from a NELAP or DoD-ELAP Accreditation body for each analytical method, analyte, and matrix... Contact info: https://dec.alaska.gov/spar/regulations/
A2LA meets this recognition by our designation as a DoD-ELAP Accreditation Body.
The Structural Materials Testing Branch of the Office of Structural Materials for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has issued on 9/15/11 qualification requirements for independent testing laboratories that perform testing on reinforcement splicing for Caltrans. One of these requirements is that such testing labs be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for specific tests. (Added 12/8/11) (STAFF CONTACT: M. Hart/ E. Carbonella)
The State of California Penal Code, Part 2 of Criminal Procedures, Title 10, Chapter 11, Section 1405 (2) states that post-conviction DNA testing “shall be conducted by a laboratory that meets the FBI Director’s Quality Assurance Standards” and that laboratories accredited by A2LA have been determined to satisfy this requirement.
The State of Florida Building Commission has formally recognized A2LA accredited laboratories as meeting the requirements for testing laboratories that conduct tests on products related to its system for product approval under Florida building code. The system is meant to ensure that safe products and technologies are used in building construction and also to encourage new products and technologies that can increase safety or meet safety requirements through less expensive means. Criteria has been established for approval of public and private entities that test, evaluate and certify panel walls, exterior doors, roofing products, skylights, windows, shutters and structural components as well as new and innovative building products. This approval may be obtained through either local jurisdictions for local approvals or the Florida Building Commission for statewide approval.
The State of Florida in Statute Title XXIX (Public Health), Chapter 381 (General Provisions), Section 895 (Standards for compressed air used for recreational diving) states that compressed air used for recreational sport diving in the State, including compressed air provided as part of a dive package of equipment rental, dive boat rental or dive boat charter must be tested by a laboratory accredited by A2LA. (Added 7/2/12)
The State of Florida Department of Health has recognized A2LA for on-site laboratory assessments under their Environmental Laboratory Certification Program. The main purpose of the program is to certify competent and qualified drinking water and environmental testing laboratories.
A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an agreement between the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and A2LA. The purpose of this MOU is to formally recognize A2LA as a laboratory-accrediting agency for commercial laboratories, accredited by A2LA for environmental tests, to be recognized as approved under the EPD’s Rules for Commercial Environmental Laboratories.
The State of Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, in its Guidelines and Specifications for the Green Cleaning School Act (105 ILCS 140), states that schools may procure and use non-pre-qualified cleaning supplies as long as the manufacturer or distributor of those supplies provides qualification of environmental sensitivity by providing the Council with independent documentation verifying that the products meet the criteria of at least one of the Green Seal standards or EcoLogo standards. The verification must come in the form of testing data provided by one or more independent third-party laboratories that are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
Under Kentucky statute KRS 224.60-130(2)(a), the Office of the Petroleum Storage Tank Environmental Assurance Fund has established criteria to accredit laboratories that contract with owners or operators of underground storage tanks (UST) to perform analytical testing related to Kentucky’s underground storage tank program. All UST owners and operators are required to have certain types of analytical testing performed at an A2LA accredited laboratory to be eligible for Fund participation, pursuant to statute 415 KAR 1:140. This program covers certain parameters and methods as noted in the specific program requirements and falls under A2LA’s Environmental program. This program was initiated in 1999.
The Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program now grants secondary accreditation (without any additional on-site assessment) to any organization that has been accredited by A2LA to the Field Sampling & Measurement Organization (FSMO) standard.
The “State of Louisiana Laws Title 32 – Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations, RS 32:663 – Approval of Testing Methods by Department of Public Safety and Corrections" states that the chemical analyses of a person's blood, urine, breath, or other bodily substance shall be performed by an individual or laboratory possessing a valid permit issues by the by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In reviewing an application for permit, accreditation by one of more of the identified professional organizations, of which the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is included, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections may use such accreditation in its determination of the qualifications and competence of the applicant. http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/BillInfo.aspx?i=227109
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) recognizes A2LA as a deemed accreditation body under the State of Maryland in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10, Subtitle 51 Forensic Laboratories. (https://health.maryland.gov/ohcq/ForLabs/Pages/home.aspx) As a deemed accreditation body by the DHMH, forensic laboratories that are regulated under the Maryland Forensic Regulations can seek out accreditation services from A2LA and/or continue using A2LA as an accreditation body.
The State of Maryland in Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), 10.62.16.01 has defined an “accreditation body” as a non-profit, impartial organization that requires conformance to ISO/IEC 17025 and is a signatory to the ILAC MRA for testing (such as A2LA). COMAR 10.62.01.01 also requires independent cannabis testing laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by such an “accreditation body” (such as A2LA) and COMAR 10.62.11.04 requires that any scale, balance or other measurement device, and any automatic, mechanical or electronic equipment used by the laboratory be routinely calibrated by a calibration laboratory that is similarly accredited.
Maryland – State Fire Marshall
The State of Maryland, Department of State Police, Office of the State Fire Marshall has recognized A2LA as an accreditation body for accrediting testing laboratories that perform work for the State of Maryland.
Montgomery County, Maryland
Montgomery County, MD has specified in their Department of Permitting Services, Division of Building Construction, Special Inspections Program (dated 10/26/12) that laboratory facilities must be accredited by an agency such as A2LA and must meet the requirements of ASTM E329, ASTM D3740 and ASTM C1077 as applicable.
The State of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health, in 105 CMR 725.105: Operational Requirements for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries, requires that all testing of medical marijuana “must be conducted by an independent laboratory that is accredited to…ISO 17025 by a third party accrediting body such as A2LA…”.
On October 1, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health published an approved list of assessment organizations for their Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. A2LA is included on this list of approved assessment organizations.
The Missouri Revised Statues, Chapter 650, Department of Public Safety (650.060.1) requires that, as of December 31, 2012, any crime laboratory providing reports or testimony to a state court pertaining to a result of the forensic analysis of evidence shall be accredited by an accrediting organization approved by the Department of Public Safety. On April 8, 2015, A2LA was notified by the Missouri Department of Public Safety of its approval of the A2LA Forensic Science Accreditation Program. Evidence of A2LA approval may be found at: http://dps.mo.gov/dir/crime-approved-accrediting-orgs.php
A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an agreement between the New Mexico Environment Department and A2LA whereby the State of New Mexico will certify laboratories to perform compliance testing for drinking water samples based on the laboratories’ A2LA accreditation.
Nevada (Clark County)
The Department of Development Services, Building Division of Clark County, NV has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The Clark County Department of Development Services, Building Division then amplifies the requirements through technical bulletins and the Building Administrative Code (BAC). Clark County also requires special inspection agencies doing business within its jurisdiction to be accredited by an approved, nationally recognized accrediting body, such as A2LA.
New York (New York City Department of Buildings)
The New York City Department of Buildings has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies, as detailed on their website. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The NYC Department of Buildings also has specific technical requirements which form part of A2LA’s accreditation program in this area.
The New York City Department of Buildings, Office of Technical Certification and Research has also recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting concrete construction materials testing laboratories to ASTM C1077, C1093 and E329-07.
Under North Carolina Article 4, Chapter 114.16.1, formally referred to as “The Forensic Sciences Act of 2011,” the general assembly of North Carolina has established criteria for the admissibility of forensic analysis as evidence in courts of law. A forensic analysis, to be admissible in accordance with these requirements, shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing. Additionally, the analysis of DNA samples and typing results of DNA samples and the chemical analysis of blood or urine shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing.
The Ohio Board of Building Standards has listed A2LA as an approved accreditation body in Ohio Building Code Chapter 35, Ohio Mechanical Code Chapter 15, Ohio Plumbing Code Chapter 13 and Ohio Residential Code Chapter 44. A2LA is specifically recognized for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, product certification bodies (evaluation and listing agencies), inspection bodies, field evaluation bodies, fabricator inspection programs/agencies and special inspection agencies.
The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection agencies. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). Per the Licenses + Inspections City of Philadelphia Special Inspections Agencies and Inspectors Requirements Document, an agency may use accreditation from an established accreditation entity to ISO/IEC 17020, such as A2LA, as an alternative to the Agency Experience Requirements.
The Texas Department of Health now recognizes accreditations granted by A2LA to laboratories performing preparation and analysis of mold associated with mold-related activities that affect indoor air quality.
A2LA has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Corrections as a “Recognized Accreditation Body” for the accreditation of laboratories performing forensic analysis of physical evidence for use in a criminal proceeding in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 28, Subchapter 1 - Accreditation.
Per Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K, Rule 1.135, the Texas Department of Health requires that any laboratory evidence submitted for review in relation to the treatment and disposition of special waste from health care-related facilities be provided by a laboratory that is A2LA-accredited.
City of Houston
In Standard General Requirement Section 01454, the City of Houston specifies that laboratories testing to the latest issues of ASTM standards, TxDOT methods or other recognized test standards must be accredited by A2LA.
Harris County, Texas
The Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, Engineering Division has published its “Regulations of Harris County, Texas for the Approval and Acceptance of Infrastructure”, which specifies in Section 2 that laboratories accredited by A2LA in the field of construction materials testing are acceptable for the purposes of meeting the published regulations.
Port of Houston Authority (POH) (Houston, TX)
The POH “Contract for Construction Materials Engineering Testing and Inspection Services” requires testing and inspection laboratories that perform geotechnical services under this contract to be accredited by A2LA.
Arlington County, Virginia
Arlington County, Virginia has specified in their Department of Community Planning, Housing & Development, Inspection Services Division, Pre-Construction Manual (dated May 1, 2012) that laboratory facilities must be accredited by an agency such as A2LA and must meet the requirements of ASTM E329, ASTM D3740 and ASTM C1077 as applicable.
The State of Washington Department of Ecology references A2LA in its Procedural Manual as an acceptable third party accreditation program for non-potable water testing laboratories.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) Leaking Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank (LAUST) Program Policy Number 35 requires that laboratories performing work for the program must be A2LA accredited under the "Wyoming LAUST Remediation Program". The scope of the program covers specific EPA methods for laboratories that are registered with the State of Wyoming and authorized to do business in Wyoming. To be certified by the LAUST Remediation Program to perform analytical testing related to the program, laboratories must provide evidence of their current accreditation from A2LA to the WDEQ/WQD.
Private Sector Parties:
A2LA's Calibration Accreditation Program has been recognized within TS 16949 (Section 7.6.3) as one option that commercial and independent calibration facilities serving the automotive industry can select in order to satisfy the portion of Clause 4.11.2.b.1 which requires accreditation of calibration facilities serving the automotive industry.
United States Golf Association
A2LA's Putting Green Materials Testing Program for soils and turf is formally recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA)
Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)
SEI administers third-party certification programs to test and certify a broad range of safety and protective products. Safety and protective products certified by SEI must periodically undergo compliance testing to specified standards at independent testing laboratories that have been evaluated and awarded contracts by the SEI Board of Directors. In an effort to minimize redundant assessments, SEI has agreed to rely on the laboratories’ A2LA assessments in place of SEI evaluations. The agreement between A2LA and SEI was signed on May 7, 2002. SEI is accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
A2LA has signed an MOU with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Bluetooth has established a Qualification Program to test and qualify products using Bluetooth wireless technology to be certified as Bluetooth compliant pursuant to the specifications for such Products as determined by Bluetooth. As part of the Qualification Program and according to the Bluetooth Qualification Program Reference Document, the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB) administers the recognition of facilities as Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF's), based on accreditation by A2LA. Laboratories seeking to be recognized under this program in the Electrical field of testing must meet the additional program requirements of the Bluetooth SIG.
Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA)
A2LA is recognized by the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA) to provide laboratory accreditation services in support of CTIA's certification program to verify conformance of wireless products to established industry standards.
Gaming Standards Association (GSA)
GSA recognizes A2LA as qualified to accredit laboratories to perform GSA standards conformance testing. Labs participating in the GSA Certification Program must be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) that meets the requirements detailed in the GSA Certification Program Guide.
SBC has issued SBC-TP-76200 Network Equipment Power, Grounding, Environmental and Physical Design Requirements, Issue 5, which formally recognizes A2LA for the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) testing laboratories.
• General Electric (GE): With the incorporation of ISO/IEC 17025 in S-400 (revision date February 21, 2014), GE allows more flexibility in the approval process. In accordance with GE S400, Section 2.2.6, subsequent to initial approval by GE, a laboratory can get recertified for GE work by (1) GE Aviation audit, (2) ILAC ISO 17025 audit, (3) Nadcap AS7003 audit, (4) GE-AIRBUS-SAFRAN audit to SAFRAN Referee Document Agreement, PTL0082.
• United Technologies Corporation (UTC) - Aerospace Industry: UTC and its member organizations (Hamilton Sundstrand, Pratt & Whitney, Pratt & Whitney Canada and Sikorsky Aircraft) specify A2LA through the Aerospace Supplier Quality Requirements. The Aerospace Supplier Quality Requirements, ASQR-01, Revision 8 states in Section 7.5.2a that accreditation by either Nadcap or by signatories to the International Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) is required for materials testing laboratories.
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
The 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code III, Subsection NCA: General Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 – Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components specifies the acceptance of accreditation by A2LA or other ILAC MRA signatories for calibration laboratories.
Racing Medication & Testing Consortium (RMTC)
The RMTC has specified in its “Laboratory Accreditation Requirements and Operating Standards”, Version 2.4, December 2012 that laboratories seeking to become recognized under their program must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a full signatory to the ILAC MRA (such as A2LA).
Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
The RVIA is the national trade association representing recreation vehicle manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98 percent of all RVs produced in the U.S. The RVIA has specified in its “Conditions and Criteria for RVIA Recognition of Listing Agencies”, Rev. 06/10/2014, that product certification organizations must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 through an “identified registrar” that is an IAF MRA signatory such as A2LA or SCC.
Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25)
The P25 CAP is a voluntary program that allows P25 land mobile radio (LMR) equipment suppliers to formally demonstrate their products’ compliance with a select group of requirements within the P25 suite of standards. The purpose of the P25 CAP is to provide emergency response agencies with evidence that the communications equipment they are purchasing meets P25 standards for performance, conformance, and interoperability. A2LA is one of three DHS recognized accreditation bodies that can perform assessments of these types of laboratories in order to gain recognition by the DHS.
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
WADA, in its January 2009 World Anti-Doping Code International Standard for Laboratories, requires laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA (such as A2LA) using assessors trained and qualified by WADA.
Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
DNV has recognized A2LA’s deeming authority from CMS to accredit hospital laboratories for all specialties and sub-specialties under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). As such, DNV-accredited hospitals may utilize A2LA for the assessment and accreditation of their laboratories without a duplicate laboratory assessment from DNV.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Accreditation Center (GAC)
On November 18, 2014, A2LA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GAC to provide a framework for cooperation for different sectors of accreditation, including assessment and joint accreditation of conformity assessment bodies applying for accreditation or already accredited by A2LA or GAC.