CALA is a Full Member of APLAC
CALA is a signatory to the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) (www.aplac.org) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for testing. CALA participates in both the Technical Committee and the Proficiency Testing Committee. CALA provides two trained evaluators to APLAC for the evaluations required to grant recognition. One is also a lead evaluator.
On November 17, 2005, CALA achieved signatory status in the APLAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for testing and was accepted as a Full member (MRA signatory) of ILAC for testing.
CALA participates in the ILAC Laboratory Committee, Arrangement Committeeand the Accreditation Issues Committee.
In 2004 the Laboratory Committee undertook a survey of lab responses to the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025 and many Canadian labs responded.
The New Accreditation Body Standard - ISO/IEC 17011
The standard that governs how laboratory accreditation is ISO/IEC 17011. The ILAC membership had decided that it was to be implemented by accreditation bodies by 31 December 2005 if they wish to maintain their international recognition.
As a result of becoming an independent accreditation body, CALA was in a much better position to demonstrate conformance to this standard. ISO/IEC 17011 and its draft revisions, have been part of the CALA quality system since 2001.