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CALA

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Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc.

Building Laboratory Excellence

Board, Panel, Committees of CALA

ANY DOCUMENT REFERENCED BELOW IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of ten elected directors and up to five appointed directors; all elected directors must be voting members of the Association while two of the appointed directors need not be.

One elected member shall be resident in each of the five regions. Five elected members shall be mainly associated with the "non-for-profit" sector and five elected members shall be mainly associated with the "for profit" sector. The Past President is responsible for calling for nominations at an appropriate time. Elections will be held at the annual general meeting.

The Board may appoint up to five directors to maintain CALA corporate experience, to respond to changing needs for representation, and to meet the needs of corporate affiliation. Director positions filled by appointment are for a term of one year or less and terminate at the close of the annual general meeting following their appointment. Appointed directors may be re-appointed for any number of successive terms at the discretion of the Board of Directors. The Board has the following Sub-Committees:

The By-Law that governs the operations of the Board is contained in G02 - CALA By-Law (.pdf) . Amplification of Board procedures and a listing of the CALA Board of Directors and its officers appear in Q09 - Board of Directors. (View Board Member List) The Board operates itself and governs the Association according to G03 - CALA Policy Governance Manual.

Accreditation Council

CALA established an Accreditation Council to make the final decisions regarding the granting and maintenance of accreditation, including suspensions and withdrawals of accreditation(except for purely administrative decisions). Members are appointed from both the not-for-profit and public sector. All members are required to sign CALA's Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Code and, in the event of a conflict, the provisions of the Code will apply. The Council operates primarily electronically and by mail and conference call.  The Council makes decisions by consensus. The Terms of Reference for the Accreditation Council are in Q30 – Accreditation Council Terms of Reference.

Advisory Panel

CALA has established an Advisory Panel to provide recommendations to the Accreditation Council on the granting and maintenance of recognition for proficiency testing and/or accreditation. All members are required to sign CALA's Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Code and, in the event of a conflict, the provisions of the Code will apply. The Panel operates primarily by mail and conference call, makes decisions by consensus, and may establish small ad hoc working groups involving other specialists as required.

The Terms of Reference for the Advisory Panel are in Q12 - Advisory Panel, as is a list of current members.

Program Committee

CALA established the Program Committee to provide broadly based scientific input to the Board aimed particularly at meeting the needs of CALA members and others. The President & CEO appoints members, and all are required to sign CALA's Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Code. The Terms of Reference are provided in Q13 - Program Committee as is a list of current membership.