At the joint CAEAL / IAETL annual general meetings, there was a discussion about international business opportunities and the desirability of the Standards Council being able to offer accreditation to laboratories located somewhere other than in a NAFTA country. CAEAL wrote to the Honourable John Manley, Minister of Industry, who is responsible for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), urging the Canadian government to change the regulation. We have identified circumstances such as a Canadian lab establishing a branch in another country that does not offer accreditations based on ISO 25; international labs attempting to serve Canadian clients but not being able to offer ISO 25 accreditation; Canadian labs providing consulting services internationally where one element of the contract requires the upgrading and eventual accreditation of a national lab to ISO 25 standard. In the response, we were invited to help compile information about the magnitude of the issue, which we are trying to do by mid-September.
CAEAL is alerting its members (and other groups like IAETL and the Canadian Mineral Analysts) about this issue, and is urging any lab with international interests to LET US KNOW (OR THE SCC) ABOUT CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DESIRABLE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO OFFER AN ACCREDITATION FROM THE SCC TO A LAB LOCATED IN A NON-NAFTA COUNTRY. We can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.