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What's NATA?

NATA is: National Association of Testing Authorities (Australia)

• Australia's Government-endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories and similar testing facilities;
• a peak authority in Australia for the accreditation of inspection bodies;
• Australia's GLP compliance monitoring authority for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and represents Australia on the OECD GLP Working Group;
• the national body for accreditation of producers of certified reference materials;
• a leading international supplier of specialised training, information and support services for laboratories;
• the largest association of accredited laboratories in the world;
• the world's oldest comprehensive laboratory accreditation provider;
• supported by thousands of volunteer technical experts who assist with NATA's various technical committees and the evaluation of laboratories;
• independently evaluated on a regular basis by its international counterparts to ensure that its operations remain in-line with international practices;
• a private, not-for-profit company, owned and governed by its members and representatives from industry, government and professional bodies;

ILAC (International Laboratory Association Cooperation)
  • What is laboratory accreditation?
Laboratory Accreditation provides a means of determining the competence of laboratories to perform specific types of testing, measurement and calibration. It enables people who want a product, material or instrument to be checked or calibrated to find a reliable testing or calibration service able to meet their needs. It also allows a laboratory to determine whether it is performing its work correctly and to appropriate standards. Manufacturing organisations may also use laboratory accreditation to ensure the testing of their products by their own in-house laboratories is being done correctly. Very importantly, laboratory accreditation provides formal recognition to competent laboratories, thus providing a ready means for customers to access reliable testing and calibration services.

  • What is ILAC's role?
ILAC is an international cooperation between the various laboratory accreditation schemes operated throughout the world.
Founded twenty years ago, ILAC was formalised as a cooperation in 1996 when 44 national bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Amsterdam. This MOU provides the basis for the further development of the Cooperation and the eventual establishment of a multilateral recognition agreement between ILAC member bodies. Such an agreement will further enhance and facilitate the international acceptance of test data, and the elimination of technical barriers to trade.

What is UKAS?

UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) is the sole national body recognised by government for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, certification and inspection bodies. A not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, UKAS operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the government through the Department of Trade and Industry, found at the following link.

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)

The National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)(USA)
provides third-party accreditation to testing and calibration laboratories. NVLAP's accreditation programs are established in response to Congressional mandates or administrative actions by the Federal Government or from requests by private-sector organizations. NVLAP is in full conformance with the standards of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), including ISO/IEC 17025 and Guide 58. NVLAP identifies its accredited laboratories in a published directory, NIST Special Publication 810

Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

What is AAALAC? AAALAC is a private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program. AAALAC stands for the "Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care." More than 630 companies, universities, hospitals, government agencies and other research institutions have earned AAALAC accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to responsible animal care and use. These institutions volunteer to participate in AAALAC's program, in addition to complying with the local, state and federal laws that regulate animal research.

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is a non-profit, professional membership society committed to the success of laboratories through the administration of a broad-spectrum, nationwide laboratory accreditation system and a full range of training on laboratory practices taught by experts in their field. A2LA accredits laboratories in the following fields: acoustics and vibration, biological, chemical, construction materials, electrical, environmental, geotechnical, mechanical, calibration, nondestructive and thermal. Accreditation is available to private, independent, in-house and government labs.

Mission Statement of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Full Statement: The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science is committed to being the premier international agency for accreditation and approval of education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and related health care professions. NAACLS provides leadership in fostering innovative educational approaches and actively supports cooperative efforts with other agencies.

NAACLS, in collaboration with its professional organizations, provides comprehensive services including program accreditation, program approval, consultation, and continuing education.

NAACLS provides these services for educational programs, students, employers, and health care consumers.

NAACLS is dedicated to peer review as the foundation of accreditation and approval. The agency strives to prepare volunteer reviewers and to assist them in providing exemplary program analysis, based upon principles of honesty, fairness, objectivity, and integrity.

NAACLS demonstrates commitment to public service by setting standards for education programs of high quality in clinical laboratory sciences and related health professions. NAACLS will continue to be responsive to the needs of the public and the health care community.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving more than 15,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in providing laboratory quality improvement programs.

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