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August 29, 2014

CALA at Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW)

CALA is proud to be an exhibitor at the upcoming Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW) in Ottawa, Sept 29-Oct 1.  Stop by our booth while you take in one of eighteen scientific sessions, en route to the poster social, or while you enjoy nibbles during coffee breaks.  Registration is now open, and sign up by August 15th for discounted rates.  http://www.atw.ca/

July 7, 2014

Contract Course Facilitators Wanted

CALA is always looking for talented people to join our team of facilitators.  CALA Training offers classroom courses across Canada as well as virtual courses and webinars.

For more information on the role and requirements, please download the job posting (.pdf).

July 3, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-jun14.pdf

May 7, 2014

Surveilance Visits Guidance Video Available

Surveilance Visits Guidance Video Available

March 18, 2014

C3 Agenda is Now Available!

CALA is very excited as part of its 25th Anniversary year, to be able to launch its inaugural National Conference & Trade Show, called the CALA Catalyst Conference or C3 from June 2-4, 2014.  The conference agenda is now available at the conference website http://www.cala25.ca/

March 18, 2014

World Accreditation Day - June 9, 2014

World Accreditation Day will be commemorated on June 9th, 2014. This year will focus on the role that accreditation plays in providing confidence in the provision of energy. Energy provision encompasses attempts to meet the needs of the world’s current population without negatively impacting future generations. It involves the extraction, transmission, generation, distribution and storage.

Laboratories, inspection bodies and certifiers who maintain accreditation from ILAC and/or IAF Arrangement Signatories benefit from thoroughly vetted accreditation processes. As signatories to these arrangements, the accreditation bodies deem each other equivalent. Trade barriers are reduced through the efforts and activities of these arrangements because there is confidence created in the end product. The results of testing, inspections and certifications, produce both consumer and regulatory confidence in products moving between markets. Because of the stated and verified equivalency, it allows manufacturers to test a product once, rather than multiple times, in the process of seeking regulatory approvals and moving it across borders.

POSTER- Download the high resolution (2.5MB) poster here http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2014_poster.pdf
BROCHURE - Download the webready brochure http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2014_brochure.pdf

Jan 31, 2014

Notice of the 25th CALA Annual General Meeting

The 25th Annual General Meeting of CALA will take place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto on King, on Monday June 2, 2014 starting at 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).  This CALA event has been scheduled to coincide with the first ever CALA Catalyst Conference (C3) and is also to commemorate CALA’s 25th Anniversary.

Activities surrounding the 25th AGM event will include:

  • Training courses on June 2.  For course details, costs and to register, please see:  http://www.cala25.ca
  • meetings of the CALA Board of Directors and Accreditation Council;
  • the 25th AGM;
  • Awards Ceremony;
  • Keynote C3 speaker – Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio – Quirks and Quarks and reception to follow.

Any member entitled to vote at the annual meeting of members may submit a proposal to the corporation about any matter that the member wishes to raise at the meeting. This includes the right of a voting member to submit a proposal to make, amend or repeal by-laws. Proposals must be received by CALA between January 13 and March 14, 2014. If a proposal includes nominations for the election of directors, the proposal must be signed by at least 5% of the members entitled to vote at the annual meeting.  As of January 10, 2014, this is 26 members (5% of 515). (Does not preclude nominations made at the meeting of members).

Members who cannot attend in person are requested to complete a Proxy form and return it to CALA by email, mail or fax by no later than 17:00 EST on Friday May 23, 2014. Proxies will not be accepted on site. Withdrawal of an assigned proxy can be done in writing up to the last business day before the meeting or in person to the Chair of the meeting on the day of the meeting.

Please visit the CALA 25th AGM webpage at http://www.cala.ca/agm where you can RSVP and download the following AGM documents (when available):
  • 25th AGM Meeting Agenda
  • Minutes of 24th AGM
  • 2013 Audited Financial Statements
  • 2013 Annual Report
  • Proxy form for 2014 AGM
  • Member Proposal Form
  • Nominations Form

Jan 7, 2014

CALA - Preparation for future revision of ISO/IEC 17025

Both the Accreditation Issues Committee (AIC) and Laboratory Committee (LC) of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) are conducting a survey of stakeholders, in an effort to gauge perceived needs and wishes with respect to the revision of ISO/IEC 17025.

You are encouraged to respond to the survey and submit responses to CALA (ccotter@cala.ca) by Monday, February 03, 2014.  We recognize that this is a very short timeframe, but keep in mind that this is just a preliminary survey to generate discussion and to get an idea on what needs to be covered in any future revision.  If and when ISO/IEC 17025 is formally revised, there will be ample time for input.

http://www.cala.ca/nw_ILAC_AIC_Survey_17025_2005.xls

Sept 27, 2013

September 2013 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-sep13.pdf

July 23, 2013

Chemical Institute of Canada Professional Development Courses (September 17-18)

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) are constituent societies of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). Their two-day courses are being run during EnviroAnalysis.

For for course descriptions, individual course rates and registration, please see http://www.enviroanalysis2013.ca/courses.html

June 21, 2013

June 2013 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-jun13.pdf

May 10, 2013

Enteric Protozoa 

The guideline technical document for Enteric Protozoa of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality is now available on Health Canada's web site, at the following address: 

www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/water-eau/protozoa/index-eng.php

May 9, 2013

EnviroAnalysis Conference

EnviroAnalysis Conference
Toronto, ON
September 15-18, 2013
Call for Papers Closes June 6, 2013

The Chemical Institute of Canada is proud to be partnering with EnviroAnalysis for the first time in 2013. The EnviroAnalysis Conference has a strong focus on environmental and analytical chemistry, providing a technical program of plenary speakers and both oral and poster presentations. Topics range from novel sampling methods to detection by the most sophisticated spectrometers, and will cover applications involving the analysis of air, drinking water, wastewater, soils, sediments, and many other sample types. The conference will also offer short courses, an exhibition and awards program.

Please visit www.enviroanalysis2013.ca to view the symposia, courses and to submit your abstract.

Enviroanalysis

April 18, 2013

Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Food Inspection Agency Joint Biosafety Advisory Influenza A(H7N9) virus April 9, 2013

This biosafety advisory is being provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to assist clinical/ diagnostic and research laboratories in implementing proper biosafety procedures when handling samples containing influenza A(H7N9) virus which was recently identified in China.  For more information, please the english or french advisorybelow.

Joint Biosafety Advisory- English (.pdf)
Joint Biosafety Advisory - French (.pdf)

April 15, 2013

World Accreditation Day - June 9, 2013

9 June 2013 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. This year the focus is on the important role accreditation plays in facilitating trade around the world, both within and across national borders.

We invite our accredited members to celebrate the World Accreditation Day! One easy way? Post the official poster in your laboratory or circulate the poster or brochure to clients. Be sure to share with CALA any of your efforts to celebrate.

POSTER
Download the high resolution (2.5MB) poster here http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2013_poster.pdf

BROCHURE
Download the webready brochure http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2013_brochure.pdf

Jan 9, 2013

Proposal to Adopt New or Revised Occupational Exposure Limits or Listings for Hazardous Chemical Substances under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Ministry of Labour wishes to draw your attention to the Ministry’s consultation on a proposal to amend the hazardous substance regulation (Regulation 833) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
 
More information on this proposal, as well as details regarding the consultation and how you may participate, are included in the consultation notice posted on the Ministry’s web-site at: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/about/consultations/oels/index.php

Dec 18, 2012

December 2012 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-dec12.pdf

October 24, 2012

Development of the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG) - CBSG Information and Input Phase

The next critical stage in the development of the Canadian Biosafety Standards and Guidelines (CBSG), the information and input phase, is currently in progress, and will allow stakeholders and interested parties an opportunity to provide comments and input on the draft document. Further details on the information and input phase are now posted on the CBSG website http://canadianbiosafetystandards.collaboration.gc.ca/input-retroaction-eng.php

October 2, 2012

October 2012 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-oct12.pdf

September 6, 2012

Public Consultation Document on Vinyl Chloride in drinking water

The proposed Guideline and Guideline Technical Document for Vinyl Chloride in drinking water is now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following address:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2012/vinyl/index-eng.php

All comments must be received before November 2nd, 2012.

July 5, 2012

Update: HPTA Engagement Opportunity  / Mise à jour: Engagement pour la LAPHT

The HPTA received Royal Assent on June 23, 2009. Engagement under the HPTA will be a multi-year and multi-phased process.  This current phase of engagement (Phase II) will gather input from stakeholders in five key areas (Key Elements).  Inventory requirements, Licensing, Functions and qualifications of Biosafety Officers (BSOs), Security Requirements for those working with Risk Group 3 or 4 human pathogens and toxins and  The development of an exposure reporting and prevention program.  

Download the Full Invitation or please to go the Phase II - Targeted Stakeholder Engagement page for more information.  The Engagement Session will remain open until July 13th, 2012

*NOTE* For planning purposes, we require confirmation five business days prior to any in-person event.    
Please confirm your attendance and direct any questions or concerns to Kailey McLachlan (HPTA Consultation Lead) at kailey.mclachlan@phac-aspc.gc.ca or by telephone at (613) 941-3709.

July 3, 2012

June 2012 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-jun12.pdf

June 11, 2012

CFIA “Notice to Industry” - CFIA now recognizes CALA accreditation

In February 2012, the CALA membership was notified of the agreement between CALA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding the accreditation of food testing laboratories.  Today, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a “Notice to Industry” advising food-testing laboratories that it now recognizes accreditation by CALA.  

A copy of the notice in pdf format can be downloaded in English and French.

June 6, 2012

Laboratories performing testing of beef trimmings for export to the USA

Laboratory requirements for testing of non O157:H7 Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in raw beef trimmings for export to the United States of America.

For more information, please download the full bulletin (.pdf)

May 23, 2012

CALA Lab Digest e-news Brief - May 23, 2012

CALA is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our newest information resource! CALA Lab Digest is our brand-new biweekly e-news brief that delivers timely, relevant news about the laboratory community directly to your inbox every two weeks! Sign up today by clicking here to ensure you don’t miss out on this great benefit from CALA.

You can also visit the new CALA Lab Digest page directly.

April 27, 2012

World Accreditation Day - June 9, 2012

9 June 2012 marks World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. This year’s theme focuses on the role that accreditation plays in supporting the provision of safe food and clean drinking water.

We invite our accredited members to celebrate the World Accreditation Day! One easy way? Post the official poster in your laboratory or circulate the poster or brochure to clients. Be sure to share with CALA any of your efforts to celebrate.

POSTER
Download the high resolution (2.5MB) poster here http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2012_poster.pdf

BROCHURE
Download the webready brochure http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2012_brochure.pdf

April 20, 2012

Laboratories performing testing of beef trimmings for export to the USA

Laboratory requirements for testing of non O157:H7 Shiga Toxin- Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in raw beef trimmings for export to the United States of America.

For more information, please download the full bulletin (.pdf)

April 16, 2012

2012 CALA Scholarship

The $1000 CALA Scholarship for Quality Excellence is awarded annually to 2 students.  The award recognizes the individual’s contribution to the “data quality aspects of environmental measurement, covering a variety of matrices”.

For more information, please download the CALA Scholarship flyer (.pdf).

March 19, 2012

March 2012 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-mar12.pdf

February 24, 2012

CALA Food Laboratory Accreditation Announcement

Following recent discussions with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), CALA is pleased to announce a joint agreement covering the accreditation of laboratory testing conducted under legislation that is enforced by the CFIA. Please see the message from CALA's CEO (.pdf) for more information.

January 30, 2012

October 2011 PT Challenge Samples

In October, 2011 CALA ran its first “challenge” PT sample. It was a poorly kept secret that we adopted a a previously run challenge study that was coordinated by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and expanded it to all Canadian laboratories. This involved adding a significant amount of bromide to the metals in water sample to see if laboratories that are using ICP-MS were adequately correcting for the interference of bromide on the determination of selenium. The summary report of the CALA challenge is available in the on-line reports section of our web site (http://www.cala.ca/pt_study/oct11_general_rep.zip).

The Ontario Ministry of Environment have kindly allowed us to post a poster that was produced from their own study (.pdf). We hope that this will be of interest to laboratories that are using an ICP-MS for the determination of selenium.  Note: the source of the pdf is a large format poster.  Please use the magnify feature your pdf viewer to view the poster.

January 6, 2012

CWWA call for pap ers - Due Jan 27, 2012

The Conference Program Technical Committee is seeking abstracts for the 15th Canadian National Conference on Drinking Water. As a presenter, you have an opportunity to showcase your research, discuss your ideas and influence how risk is assessed and managed by Canada's drinking water professionals.

Abstracts should be approximately 500 words in Word format, with no attachments or images.  Abstracts must be received by January 27, 2012. Please provide your name, mailing address, e-mail, phone and fax numbers.

For more information on the conference or submitting an abstract, please visit: http://www.cwwa.ca/drinkingwaterconference_e.asp

January 6, 2012

INVITATION: Human Pathogens and Toxins Act Engagement Oppurtunity - Response Required

The HPTA received Royal Assent on June 23, 2009. Engagement under the HPTA will be a multi-year and multi-phased process.  This current phase of engagement (Phase II) will gather input from stakeholders in five key areas (Key Elements).  Inventory requirements, Licensing, Functions and qualifications of Biosafety Officers (BSOs), Security Requirements for those working with Risk Group 3 or 4 human pathogens and toxins and  The development of an exposure reporting and prevention program.  

Download the preliminary Phase II Engagement Schedule and Full Invitation or visit http://www.publichealth.gc.ca/pathogens for more information.

*NOTE* For planning purposes, we require confirmation five business days prior to any in-person event.    
Please confirm your attendance and direct any questions or concerns to Kailey McLachlan (HPTA Consultation Lead) at kailey.mclachlan@phac-aspc.gc.ca or by telephone at (613) 941-3709.

December 16, 2011

December 2011 Newsletter

A CALA Quarterly Newsletter in Adobe Portable Document Acrobat (.pdf) format can be downloaded at
http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-dec11.pdf

December 2, 2011

Free webinar: Does your laboratory meet the new AODA requirements?

When: Wed. Dec. 7 at 1:00 p.m.

If you have a laboratory with employees in Ontario then you need to meet the AODA Customer Service Standard requirements by January 1, 2012.

This webinar will cover the requirements your business needs to meet including:
- creating a plan on accessible customer service
- training requirements of the Customer Service Standard
- tracking and reporting requirements requirements (for businesses with 20+ employees)

To register, send an email to Maria Koslowski  with your name, name of your laboratory, phone number, and email address. Details on how to access the webinar will be sent upon registration.

Please forward this information to anyone in your company responsible for laboratory policy and/or training.

November 25, 2011

Human Pathogens and Toxins Act

As you may be aware, the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act (HPTA) was enacted on June 23, 2009. The purpose of the Act is to improve and enhance a safety and security regime to protect the health and safety of the Canadian public against risks posed by human pathogens and toxins. The Public Health Agency of Canada (hereinafter PHAC or the Agency) administers the Act through the Pathogen Regulation Directorate (PRD).

The consultation process to be carried out from the fall of 2011 to 2012 to provide affected and interested parties with multiple engagement opportunities at all stages of the regulatory development process that will support the HPTA. The consultation approach is informed by input and feedback received during face-to-face preliminary discussions with each province and territory in 2010, and electronically with sixteen national associations.

Interested parties can also submit questions, comments and concerns to the HPTA Consultation Secretariat via email at hpta.lapht.consultations@phac-aspc.gc.ca or for additional details, download complete information sheet.

November 21, 2011

CALA will be at CWWAs Window on Ottawa 2011!

The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) is holding it 15th annual "Window on Ottawa".

Join senior officials of Canadian municipal utilities to be updated on federal and national initiatives that have potential implications for the water and wastewater sector.

Be there to learn first-hand from various federal departments about upcoming regulatory and non-regulatory initiatives. This unique event allows attendees to voice concerns and provide their feedback to federal decision makers.

For more information, please see the event website at http://cwwa.ca/windowonottawa_e.asp Or download the event agenda at http://cwwa.ca/pdf_files/2011Woo-Agenda.pdf

November 18, 2011

Proposed Guideline and Guideline Technical Document for Turbidity in Drinking Water

The proposed Guideline and Guideline Technical Document for turbidity in drinking water is now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following address:

Turbidity: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2011/turbidit/draft-ebauche-eng.php


Consultation period ends January 27, 2012.

November 2, 2011

Proposed Guidelines and Guideline Technical Documents for Escherichia coli and Total Coliforms in Drinking Water

The proposed Guidelines and Guideline Technical Documents for Escherichia coliand total coliforms in drinking water are now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following addresses:

E.coli: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2011/ecoli/draft-ebauche-eng.php
Total Coliforms: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2011/coliform/draft-ebauche-eng.php

Consultation period ends November 18, 2011.

October 12, 2011

Workshop on Analytical Strategies for Naphthenic Acids

This workshop will be hosted by Environment Canada and held November 24 and 25, 2011 at the National Hydrology Research Centre, 11 Innovation Blvd., Saskatoon, SK.

CALA members interested in attending this workshop should contact the Workshop Chair, Dr. John Headley to discuss possible participation.

Contact Details:
Dr. John Headley, Environment Canada
11 Innovation Blvd., Saskatoon SK., S7N 3H5
email: John.Headley@ec.gc.ca
phone: 306-975-5746.

September 30, 2011

September 2011 Edition of the CALA Quarterly Newsletter

The September 2011 newsletter can be downloded at http://www.cala.ca/newsltr-sep11.pdf

September 29, 2011

AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act )- Customer Service Standard Training

CALA is offering webinars to help laboratories meet the legislative requirements under the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), Ontario Regulation 429/07.

Please see http://www.cala.ca/aoda.html for more information.

September 7, 2011

CALA Volunteers Training Offer

For a limited time only -  now until December 31, 2011 – CALA is offering 50% off of all Training Service courses to CALA volunteers. Each volunteer may take one classroom course from the CALA schedule at 50% off. This reduction in tuition is being offered in lieu of a free on-line training course, as getting the courses back on-line is taking longer than expected.  The reduced tuition, travel and expenses must be covered by the individual.

To see a list of courses being offered between now and December 31, 2011 please see http://www.cala.ca/t_intro.htm

Note: In the unlikely event that you are the only registrant in a course and are registering at 50% off, we regret that we will not be able to honor our “Guaranteed to run” policy. If you are the first person to register for a course, we will let you know so you have the option to wait to book your travel until we have at least one more registrant.

To register, please complete the registration form at http://www.cala.ca/t_intro.html. Mark on the form that you are a CALA volunteer. Contact Maria Koslowski at mkoslowski@cala.ca or 613-233-5300, x 221 if you have any questions.

This offer is non-transferable.

August 5, 2011 PHAC and University of Bradford collaborative course on applied dual-use biosecurity, biosafety and bioethics

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the University of Bradford are pleased to announce the delivery of a university-level accredited pilot course on applied dual-use biosecurity, biosafety and bioethics that will be given at the University of Carleton, in Ottawa from September 19-30, 2011. This collaborative course is the first step in the development of a joint curriculum on biosafety and biosecurity for life scientists in Canadian institutions. The intention of the course is to bring the issues of dual-use biosecurity to a broader community and to enhance overall biosafety and biosecurity practices on a national level.

The deadline for submitting applications is August 26th, 2011. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity by completing the attached application form as space is limited to a maximum of 50 participants. Applications will be considered and selected participants will be notified by September 2nd, 2011. Please note that the course will be offered in English only.

For more information, please download the information sheet and application form.

Information Sheet (.pdf)
Application Form (.doc)

July 25, 2011 Canada's Environment Minister Announces Integrated Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring

Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, released an integrated, world-class monitoring plan for the oil sands region today. The Government of Canada will be working with the Province of Alberta on implementing the plan.  More information on the plan is available at the following address:

http://www.ec.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=714D9AAE-1&news=DA1E8CBC-D0A6-4304-A1DD-A9206D0818AB

April 8, 2011 2011 CALA AGM Notice

For information on the 2011 CALA AGM, please download the CALA AGM Notice.

2011 CALA AGM Notice(.pdf)

April 6, 2011

Guidance Document on the use of Heterotrophic Plate Counts  in Canadian Drinking Water Supplies

The Guidance Document on the use of Heterotrophic Plate Counts in Canadian Drinking Water Supplies
has been approved by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water
(CDW) and is now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the
following address:

www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2011/Heterotrophic-heterotrophes/index-eng.php

Comments can be sent until May 27, 2011, to the CDW Secretariat via e-mail
at: water_eau@hc-sc.gc.ca

March 31, 2011

World Accreditation Day - June 9, 2011

Note: CALA's AGM is also on this date in Richmond BC. Please download our CEO Communiqué.

June 9th 2011 will mark World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

The theme of the day this year will focus on how accreditation is used to support the work of Regulators. Increasingly, there is greater recognition of accreditation, in particular from Regulators, who are adopting accreditation as a mechanism to deliver a multi-discipline solution that can support or act as an alternative to Legislation.

We invite our accredited members to celebrate the World Accreditation Day! One easy way? Post the official poster in your laboratory or circulate to clients. Be sure to share with CALA any of your efforts to celebrate

World Accreditation Day! Download the high resolution (2.5MB) poster here http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2011_poster.pdf

March 7, 2011

Comments on Proposed Regulations Respecting Products Containing Certain Substances Listed in Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999

Written comments are due May 12, 2011. Please see the attached pdf notice for more information.

March 2, 2011

Notice to TAG: EBR Proposal Notice 011-2347: Analytical Protocol (APver16) for 45-day comment

The Proposal for Amending Ontario Regulation 153/04, Brownfields Records of Site Condition is now posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) for a 45-day comment period (.pdf)

http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTEyMDMw&statusId=MTY4MDc1&language=en

January 17, 2011

Joint SCC/CALA Statement - References to Laboratory Accreditation in Requests for Proposal / Bids

A joint statement to "All Authors of RFPs Specifying Laboratory Accreditation" (.pdf).

December 7, 2010 CALA adopts new, more sustainable business model for 2011 (.pdf)
November 17, 2010

Guideline Technical Document on Enteric Protozoa in Drinking Water

The new Guideline Technical Document on Enteric Protozoa in Drinking Water has been approved by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) and is now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following address: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2010/giardia-cryptosporidium/draft-ebauche-eng.php

Comments can be sent until January 28, 2011, to the CDW Secretariat via e-mail at: water_eau@hc-sc.gc.ca

August 24, 2010

CALA Training Manager Job Posting

CALA is seeking an experienced, dynamic manager with a strong sense of service delivery to provide operational leadership for the association’s training program.

The Training Manager position is an exciting and challenging opportunity for a creative and proactive individual to build on CALA’s renowned training program. The CALA Training program has a strategically focused growth mandate for the development and execution of training courses and initiatives in collaboration with CALA members and other training professionals and related organizations.

Reporting to the CEO, the Training Manager is a member of the management team for CALA.

Details of this position can be found in the attached position description. Please respond to jobposting@cala.ca with your résumé and cover letter, including your salary expectations by no later than Tuesday September 7, 2010.

July 14, 2010

US Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes Accredited Laboratories

On June 30 2010, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized and distributed the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of laboratories accredited by an ILAC signatory for the ENERGY STAR Program. Download the ILAC Notification (.pdf) for more information.

May 28, 2010

World Accreditation Day - June 9, 2010

June 9th 2010 will mark World Accreditation Day, a global initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities.

This year’s theme of ‘Global Acceptance’ reflects the core aspiration of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) and the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). These Arrangements, which this year celebrate their 10th and 12th anniversaries, respectively, create an international framework to support international trade through the removal of technical barriers.

We invite our accredited members to celebrate the World Accreditation Day! One easy way? Post the official poster in your laboratory or circulate to clients. Be sure to share with CALA any of your efforts to celebrate

World Accreditation Day! Download the high resolution (1.3MB) poster here http://www.cala.ca/nw_world_accred_day_2010_poster.pdf

World Accreditation Day

May 14, 2010

New CALA Directors and Officers

We wish to welcome 4 new directors to the CALA Board and announce the new Board Officers.

Elected tothe Board were:
Brenda McLay Near North Laboratories, North Bay Ontario
Tim Delaney Laboratory Services, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
 
Appointed to the Board were:
Robin MacLean Associate/Principal at Trimingham, Inc. / M-BAS Limited
Michael Brodsky Brodsky Consultatnts
   
New Board Officers are:
President Paul Fewer
Vice-President Linda Neimor
Treasurer Robin MacLean
Past President Deborah Masson-Stogran


The Board and staff wish to extend sincerest thanks and appreciation to the following outgoing Directors: Don Enns, James Doull and Duncan Ellison.

Contact coordinates can be found on our Board page.

April 30, 2010

CALA HST Notice

New Harmonized Sales Tax in Ontario and British Columbia (.pdf)

April 20, 2010

CALA Acknowledges National Volunteer Week in Canada

CALA is an organization whose ongoing success depends heavily on the time and expertise committed by its volunteers. To recognize the occasion, a custom of letter of appreciation was prepared for each CALA volunteer, signed by the CALA CEO and mailed to for delivery during National Volunteer Week in Canada. Click to view the letter in pdf format.

March 25, 2010

Re: Canada Gazette, Part I publication of the proposed Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations for a 60-day comment period ending May 19, 2010

This is to inform you of the publication of the proposed Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations in Vol. 144, No. 12 — March 20, 2010 of the Canada Gazette, Part I. A copy of the proposed Regulations and the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement is currently available on the Canada Gazette website by following this link: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2010/2010-03-20/html/reg1-eng.html <http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2010/2010-03-20/html/reg1-eng.html>

For full details on this communique, please download the following document with details in English and French.

Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (.pdf)

March 12, 2010

CALA Board of Directors: Call for Nominations

Nominations are now invited for the following position vacancies on the CALA Board of Directors (BoD):

  1. Quebec Region (Private Sector, or Public Sector) - one (1) position;
  2. Pacific Region (Public) - one (1) position,
  3. Atlantic Region (Public Sector) - one (1) position
  4. At-Large from any location in Canada - two (2) positions

If you are interested, or know of someone whom you feel is qualified, please return the completed application package to Charlette Mallette before Friday, March 26, 2010.
March 8, 2010

New Guideline Technical Document on Enteric Viruses in Drinking Water
The new Guideline Technical Document on Enteric Viruses in Drinking Water has been approved by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water (CDW) and is  now available for public comment on Health Canada's web site at the following address:

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/consult/_2010/enteric-enteriques/index-eng.php

Comments can be sent until May 7, 2010, to the CDW Secretariat via e-mail
at: water_eau@hc-sc.gc.ca

February 4, 2010

Notice to CALA Accredited laboratories:

Accredited laboratories are reminded that they should acquire traceability from competent calibration service providers, and with few exceptions for an analytical laboratory, that means the calibration laboratory is accredited by a body recognized by CALA.  For more information, please download our memo (.pdf).

January 18, 2010

Notice to CALA Accredited laboratories:

In 2002, CALA notified all member laboratories that Measurements Canada could not be used to provide traceable calibrations as required in CALA policies.  Although a valuable member of the Canadian Standards System, and the primary technical enforcement arm of the Canadian Weights and Measures Act, the Measurements Canada laboratory facilities were not accredited for the calibrations of interest to CALA members.  At that time all CALA member laboratories were informed that other sources of calibration were to be used.

All of this changed on Christmas Eve, 2009.  On that date, Measurements Canada acquired accreditation for its calibration services from within the SCC/CLAS partnership and their new scope of accreditation is posted to the CLAS website at http://infoex.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/inms/search_clas_e.html and choose "Measurement Canada" from the Laboratory Name field.

CALA is pleased to announce that an important Canadian standardisation partner is now part of the traceability solution in Canada and recognized within the international community for the competence of their calibrations. CALA-accredited laboratories are hereby notified that Measurements Canada is considered an acceptable source of traceability for those parameters listed on their scope of accreditation.  

CALA would also like to congratulate Rene Magnan, (Vice President, Measurements Canada), Jean Lafortune (Director, Approval and Calibration Services), and all the team at Measurements Canada for their collective success in this important milestone.  

Fair Measure for All.

November 5, 2009 The 2010 Member Training Needs Survey report and resulting 2010 Training Schedule are now available!
October 5, 2009

The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) is currently seeking assessors for the Accreditation Program for Operating Authorities of Municipal Drinking Water Systems of Ontario. Canada is seeking Regional Individual Standing Offers (RISO's) for the provision of auditing services, to establish a list of eligible auditors who are capable of meeting the standards and requirements of the CGSB.

For more information, please download the Auditor Standing Offer.

September 11, 2009

Centre for Food Safety (CFS) in collaboration with Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Nutrients in Food (APLAC T073). Please download the Program Document and Invitation for more details. Please provide your application to Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca) before September 25, 2009.

August 25, 2009

Bill C-11, the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act received Royal Assent on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Persons handling human pathogens and toxins must register before September 21, 2009. Please see http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ols-bsl/pathogen/register-eng.php for more information.

July 2, 2009

Bill C-11, the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act received Royal Assent on Tuesday, June 23, 2009. Please see http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ols-bsl/pathogen/h-pat_toxin_bkg-eng.php for more information.

June 16, 2009

Inter American Accreditation Cooperation is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Wine Proficiency Test (IBMETRO-DTA-IAAC-002). Please download the Program Document and Invitation for more details. Please provide your application to Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca) before June 26, 2009.

June 16, 2009

Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Feeding Stuffs (APLAC T060). Please download the Program Document and Invitation for more details. Please provide your application to Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca) before July 3, 2009.

June 16, 2009

Government Laboratory of Hong Kong in collaboration with Hong Kong Accreditation Service (HKAS) is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Melamine in Milk (APLAC T071). Please download the Program Document and Invitation for more details. Please provide your application to Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca) before July 10, 2009.

June 11, 2009 2008 CALA Annual Report is now available for download (.pdf).
June 9, 2009 2009 International Accreditation Day
December 29, 2008

Notice of Revision: Guidance for Monitoring of Mercury in Metal Mining Effluent for Environmental Effects Monitoring Requirements under the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations - Please download the full notice.

November 18, 2008

Notice to ILAC Full Members regarding the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) plan for implementation of the "Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008" - On September 4, 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) presented its plan for implementation of the “Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008” The new act sets very ambitious deadlines for enactment of these testing requirements. ILAC therefore foresees a large demand for testing from the toy and children’s products industries in the upcoming months. Please download the full ILAC notice.

CALA has expanded it's accreditation program for laboratories seeking to perform testing under the
recently enacted U.S. regulation H.R. 4040 “Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act of 2008” (CPSIA). For more information, please see page 2 of our November 2008 Quarterly CALA Newsletter.

September 10, 2008

PCB Regulation - A PCB regulation under the Canadian Environment Protection Act, 1999 has been published in the Canada Gazette. The regulation requires PCB analysis to be conducted by laboratories accredited by an accreditation body “that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement”.

HTML: http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/partII/2008/20080917/html/sor273-e.html
PDF: http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/partII/2008/20080917/pdf/g2-14219.pdf

August 20, 2008

Programme Officer –UNFCCC.  APLAC members have been requested to assist in advertising the position of Programme Officer for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

For more information on this posting, you may download the vacancy announcment below or visit the UNFCCC employment page.

Programme Officer Vacancy Announcement (.pdf)

August 7, 2008

National Report on Wastewater Consultations – July 2008 The final version of the National Report on Wastewater Consultations – July 2008 has now been posted on Environment Canada’s Wastewater Website.

The report is a summary of the input from 26 sessions we held across the country and from written submissions provided between November 2007 and January 2008.  The report covers input from "three streams" of interested parties: Aboriginal peoples and their organizations; municipalities and organizations; and, federal departments and agencies.  This report does not attempt to include all specific comments, but aims to reflect the range of comments, concerns, and regional perspectives, and areas of agreement as well as divergence.  In some cases, single comments are included, where these comments introduce a new thought or perspective on an issue.  The report does not attribute comments to individuals or organizations.

An excerpt of the report (title page, executive summary and table of contents) is included here for your convenience.  Should you wish to access the full report, the following are internet links on Environment Canada’s Wastewater Website where the English and French versions can be found.

English Excerpt (.pdf)
French Excerpt (.pdf)

English: http://www.ec.gc.ca/wastewater  
French: http://www.ec.gc.ca/eaux-usees  

As progress is made on developing the proposed regulations, Environment Canada will continue considering comments from stakeholders and interested parties.  With regard to addressing the interests of Aboriginal Peoples, input received through this recent Aboriginal consultation process, along with the recommendations received through the formal evaluation of the process will be considered in developing a path forward.  Pre-publication of regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I will offer an opportunity for additional comment and input from stakeholders and interested parties before regulations are finalized in Canada Gazette, Part II.

July 25, 2008

Name Change to CALA is Official CAEAL was notified in mid-July that our name was officially changed under the Canada Corporations Act to Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) effective 23 June 2008, and we will transition entirely to the new name by November. Please see our notice for more details.

June 26, 2008

New Accreditation Agreement for Ontario Drinking Water The current MOE/SCC/CAEAL Agreement for the Accreditation of Drinking-Water Testing Laboratories expires on July 31, 2008.  The recently signed MOE/CAEAL Agreement for the Accreditation of Drinking-Water Testing Laboratories comes into effect on August 01, 2008.  This means that laboratories performing drinking-water testing in Ontario now have the option of choosing an accrediting body, to meet the requirements for accreditation prior to a license application. More information.

June 9, 2008

CAEAL Celebrates International Accreditation Day - June 9th 2008 has been designated as the first International Accreditation Day by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). Please see our official press release.

May 15, 2008

Bill C-54 Information Session- The Government of Canada has tabled legislation in Parliament to regulate all Canadian laboratories working with human pathogens and toxins, whether imported or domestically acquired.  Download one of the following invitations for details on the special information session on the government’s proposed laboratory biosafety legislation during the [Saskatoon] symposium.

Information Session Invitation (English | French)

May 14, 2008

Join the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for four upcoming webcasts on May 27th and 28th. The webcasts are entitled Lead and Drinking Water for Day Nurseries Operators and Lead and Drinking Water for Provincially-Funded Schools . They are presented as part of our continuing effort to communicate with laboratories by providing up-to-date information on relevant issues pertaining to the regulated community as it is often the laboratory that receives the follow-up questions and feed back from these initiatives.  For more information, download one of the following flyers (.pdf format).

Day Nurseries (English | French)
Schools (English | French)

February 19, 2008

Lead in Drinking Water The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has added a number of new products on lead and drinking water to its Drinking Water Ontario website at www.ontario.ca/drinkingwater

January 17, 2008

Notice of a Eurachem:CITAC:Eurolab symposium on Sampling uncertainty and
Uncertainty for compliance assessment, which will take place at BAM, Berlin
on 15 & 16 April 2008. For more information, please see www.eurolab.org.

November 20, 2007

The Organismo Argentino Acreditacion is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round “INTI - OAA - IAAC T002 Centesimal Composition of Meat Proficiency Testing Program 2008.” . Each Accreditation Body member of APLAC and SADCA is invited to nominate 1 (one) laboratory, so the nomination will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your laboratory would like to participate, please contact Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca). Please see the Invitation for more details. Note: Methods that should be used for the analysis of the centesimal meat composition of "INTI-OAA-IAAC T002 2008" are: Moisture in meat AOAC 950.46 B, Fat (crude) or ether extract in meat AOAC 31.1.05, Ash of meat AOAC 39.1.01 and Nitrogen in meat AOAC 39.1.15.

November 19, 2007

Canada-wide strategy for managing municipal wastewater effluent Comments requested on both Environment Canada’s proposed regulatory framework for wastewater as it relates to implementing the CCME Strategy and the CCME Strategy itself. Click here for more information.

November 15, 2007

The 2007 CAEAL Scholarship for Quality Excellence for Eastern Canada has been awarded to Jordana Van Geest of the University of Guelph. The award recognizes the individual’s contribution to the “data quality aspects of environmental measurement, covering a variety of matrices”. The membership will be notified in an upcoming newsletter. Click here for more information.

October 23, 2007

Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water: Guideline Technical Document on Chlorine in Drinking Water for public comment - Health Canada, as secretariat to the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Committee on Drinking Water is posting the Guideline Technical Document on Chlorine in Drinking Water for a two month consultation process. This is a new technical document which does not propose a guideline for chlorine in drinking water. The document focuses on the health effects related to exposure to chlorine in drinking water supplies. It does not review the benefits or the processes of chlorination, nor does it assess the health risks related to exposure to by-products formed as a result of the chlorination process. Comments should be forwarded by email to water_eau@hc-sc.gc.ca before December 18, 2007

October 10, 2007

CAEAL welcomes Daniel Chaput and Chris Pharo to the CAEAL Accreditation Council. Please download the .pdf announcement for more information.

August 28, 2007

The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Prawn Nitrofuran Metabolites (APLAC Study T050). Generally four (4) laboratories from each economy are invited to participate in APLAC PT studies, so nominations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your laboratory would like to participate, please contact Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca). Please see the Program Document and Invitation for more details.

August 8, 2007

The China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment is organizing a Proficiency Testing (PT) round for Pesticide Residues in Rice (APLAC Study T056). Generally four (4) laboratories from each economy are invited to participate in APLAC PT studies, so nominations will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. If your laboratory would like to participate, please contact Colleen Cotter (ccotter@cala.ca). Please see the Program Document and Invitation for more details.

August 1, 2007

ILAC Celebrates 30 years.  For more information, please download the following media release.

May 31, 2007

New CAEAL Scholarship for Quality Excellence: awarded annually to 2 students; one representing Eastern Canada, and one representing Western Canada. "Expression of Interest" must be received
at the CAEAL Office by June 15, 2007 (email Charlette Mallette - cmallette@cala.ca)

For more information, please download our information sheet.

May 23, 2007

Proficiency Testing Australia (PTA) routinely conducts a suite of proficiency testing programs for Australian national and international based laboratories.  For your information, download the program schedule from mid 2007 (.pdf format). PTA welcome all laboratories from any economy to participate in the listed programs. You are encouraged to provide this information to your accredited laboratories. If you would like to receive further details on any listed program then please contact PTA: ptaenquiry@pta.asn.au

Jan. 18, 2007

Technical Update: Equivalent Method Option for Analytical Testing of Browfield Samples.  Please be advised that the following technical update is now posted on the Ministry of the Environment website:

Equivalent Method Option for Analytical Testing of Brownfield Samples Regulated Under the Record of Site Condition - Part XV.1, Ontario Regulation 153/04 (January 2007)

Website links:
http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/land/decomm/condition.htm
http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/gp/6044e.htm
http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/gp/6044e.pdf

Dec. 21, 2006

EBR Posting - Ontario Ministry of the Environment Protocol of Accepted Drinking-Water Tesing Methods Please be advised that the revised version of the Protocol of Accepted Drinking-Water Testing Methods is now posted on EBR (EBR Registry Number PA06E0014) for a 60-day comment period. http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envregistry/026386ep.htm

Nov. 30, 2006

Proposed Canadian Regulation for PCB Sections, 8, 38 and 49 may be of specific interest to analytical laboratories. Please note the notice on page 3549 and where comments on the proposed regulations may be sent. Download document.

Nov. 16, 2006

CAEAL to host 2009 ILAC/IAF Annual Meetings in Vancouver

At the ILAC/IAF 2007 Joint General Assembly held in Cancun, Mexico (http://www.ilaciaf2006.com/) November 6-14, 2006, ILAC and IAF both passed resolutions adopting Vancouver as the General Assembly site for 2009. The annual ILAC/IAF Joint General Assembly, and related Committee meetings, is a gathering of the bodies from government and specific industries that accredit laboratories, product certification bodies, inspection bodies, and the registrars of quality and environmental management systems.

CAEAL is looking forward to hosting the 2009 ILAC/IAF Annual Meetings in Vancouver. As more information becomes available, we will update our website.

CAEAL would like to thank Tourism Vancouver for its support.

Oct. 31, 2006

APLAC is now incorporated in New Zealand.  You can download the annoucement and certificate of incorporation in .pdf format.

Sept. 12, 2006

Implementation Update on New Proficiency Testing Requirements (Correlation Proviso).  CAEAL was evaluated against ISO/IEC 17011 by APLAC in July of 2005. One of the findings related to the fact that CAEAL required laboratories to participate in PT if CAEAL offered it but that there was little evidence that laboratories were expected to seek third party PT for analytes not supported by CAEAL PT. To correct this, CAEAL issued revised PT requirements (Correlation Proviso) that involve a hierarchy of options for PT support.

For more information, please download our Implementation Update document (.pdf)

July 17, 2006

ILAC has brought the following to our attention: The OECD is inviting the public to comment on proposed new Guidelines for Quality Assurance in Molecular Genetic Testing.

Please refer to the OECD website notice for further information. (http://www.oecd.org/document/30/0,2340,en_2649_201185_36970590_1_1_1_1,00.html)

July 14, 2006

Korean Research Institute Visits CAEAL, Learns about Laboratory Quality Sixteen members of the National Institute for Environmental Research (NIER) of Korea visited CAEAL from 20 to 27 June in order to learn how to develop laboratory quality systems that conform to ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

To download the article in pdf format click here.

June 20, 2006

IMEP-21 international PT Study Reports IMEP is pleased to announce that we have finalised the IMEP-21 certification report and the IMEP-21 participants' report (http://www.irmm.jrc.be/html/interlaboratory_comparisons/imep/index.htm).

June 13, 2006

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 170/03.  A June 2006 memo from Cammy Mack, Supervisor Regulatory Requirements.

May 02, 2006

CAEAL Site Assessment and Accreditation Program Updates (.pdf)

April 18, 2006

Criteria and Documentation for RABQSA Certification of CAEAL Assessor:
http://www.rabqsa.com/per_caeal.shtml

February 23, 2006

A 17025 Success Story An article on the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025 in a clinical setting appears in the January-February 2006 issue of ISO Management Systems magazine http://www.iso.org/ims

To download the article in pdf format click here.

February 17, 2006

CAEAL Training Offered during EnviroAnalysis 2006 Designed for the clients of laboratories to help them understand the application of uncertainties associated with environmental test results, this course has been successfully delivered to the clients of member laboratories in Alberta and to member laboratories online. As well, training on the changes to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard is now available from CAEAL.

For more information click here.

February 15, 2006

APLAC News Notes - 84th Edition, published by CAEAL (.pdf).

February 15, 2006

Measurement Uncertainty Made Easy - 19 April 2006
Organized by INMS/CLAS
Location: Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec,  Varennes, Québec

For more information click here.

February 3, 2006

CNAL Proficiency Testing Programs (2006) - (Chemical Analysis, Mechanical & Physical Testing) (.pdf)

February 3, 2006

Membership survey of new evaluation procedure and PT report. 

To view the results of the survey, please downlaod the .pdf document.

February 3, 2006

A joint declaration of the BIPM, OIML and ILAC.  This statement is a reflection of the ongoing close cooperation between ILAC, BIPM and OIML and promotes the use of the three existing Mutual Recognition Arrangements.

For more information, please download the following documents (.pdf): cover letter and details.

January 25, 2006

Assessor Certifiication RABQSA and the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) are pleased to announce the establishment of an industry-specific laboratory accreditation assessor scheme aimed at providing recognition to assessors engaged in Canadian laboratory accreditation assessments based on ISO/IEC 17025.  

January 18, 2006

CAEAL Assessor survey on the benefits of Assessor Certification.  CAEAL sought Assessor feedback on the perceived benefits of Auditor / Assessor Certification.  For more information, please download the complete survey (.pdf).

December 7, 2005

ECO Canada is seeking individuals whose work is related to the environment, natural resources, and environmental sustainability. Be part of our nationwide study to ensure that your contribution to the environment is being considered by government, employers, academics, and labour market experts.

To complete the survey or to read more about it, visit: http://www.eco.ca

November 17, 2005

Canadian Lab Accreditor CAEAL to Become a Signatory to the ILAC Arrangement for Testing - The Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) today, as a result of international recognition granted by the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), was declared eligible for Full ILAC Membership and invited to sign the multi-lateral, mutual recognition arrangement (the “ILAC Arrangement”). The effective date of joining the ILAC Arrangement will be November 17, 2005.

For more information, please download our release (.pdf).

November 17, 2005

Canadian Lab Accreditor CAEAL Receives APLAC Recognition - The Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) today signed an international agreement that will allow tests conducted at CAEAL-accredited laboratories to be recognized in 17 countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

For more information, please download our release (.pdf).

November 9, 2005

Opening in CDM Accreditation Unit. We would like to seek your assistance with regard to alerting the professional world that we have an opening in our CDM accreditation unit. The vacancy announcement is available at http://unfccc.int/tools_xml/ie05.021.pdf with a closing deadline for
submission of applications of 27 November 2005. Kai-Uwe Barani Schmidt - UNFCCC

October 18, 2005

Updated Note to Members Regarding Implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2005
For more information regarding the revisions to the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, please download this .pdf document.

September 22, 2005

Online Training: Nurture your quality system – one employee at a time (.pdf)

September 19, 2005

CAEAL Achieves Associate Membership Status in ILAC. For information, please see our ILAC web page in our International section.

August 30, 2005

Term Employment Opportunity at CAEAL - Assessments Officer

August 24, 2005

Management System Requirements of ISO/IEC 17025
Revised wording on accreditation certificates, calibration certificates and test reports to clarify misconception that accredited laboratories do not operate a recognised quality management system.  For full details, view Joint ISO-ILAC-IAF Communiqué (.pdf)

August 17, 2005

The 32nd Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop
The Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop provides an annual focus on the principals, current problems and approaches in aquatic toxicology. CAEAL is one of many sponsors of the Workshop.

For more information please visit: www.ATW.ca

July 28, 2005

Changes to the CAEAL PT Program
There are several significant changes scheduled for the CAEAL PT program over the next few months.  These have been due to a number of factors including feedback from members during the two PT workshops conducted in 2004 and new contracts with CAEAL’s collaborator laboratories. For the changes, and their implementation dates, download .pdf document.

July 27, 2005

Note to Members Regarding Implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2005
As a recognised accreditation body, CAEAL will be expected to implement assessment against the 2005 version of ISO/IEC 17025 and to prepare both assessors and labs for the use of this new version.  For more information, download .pdf document.

July 20, 2005

Health Canada: Water Quality Activities: Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) - Document for Public Comment (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/water-eau/index_e.html). Comment Period Ends September 19, 2005.

June 8, 2005

MOE/SCC/CAEAL joint memo on accreditation requirements(.pdf)

June 8, 2005

Laboratory Survey on Technical Barriers to Trade (.pdf)

May 25, 2005

ISO/CASCO announces their publication of the new version of the standard. View the .pdf notice here or to obtain a copy, visit the website below.

http://www.standardsstore.ca

May 19, 2005

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to March 2005 PT Study) is now available.

May 16, 2005

CAEAL Selected as Globe Awards Finalist
The Globe Foundation of Canada announced on May 13, 2005 that the Canadian Association for Environmental Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) has been selected as one of the finalists for the 2005 Globe Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Read More (.pdf)

April 26, 2005

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

April 25 , 2005

CAEAL Accreditation Symbol
The CAEAL Accreditation Symbol is available for use by laboratories (the Licensee).  The CAEAL Accreditation Symbol may be used only by those Licensees that have provided CAEAL with a duly signed copy of the License Agreement regarding the use of the CAEAL Accreditation Symbol.  For details on how to obtain the Agreement, please see the following document.

Obtaining CAEAL Symbol (.pdf)

April 25 , 2005

CAEAL PT Program Receives A2LA Accreditation
On April 20, 2005, CAEAL’s PT program was granted accreditation by A2LA against International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) G 13:2000 Guidelines for the Requirements for the Competence of Providers of Proficiency Testing comprising ISO Guide 43 and relevant elements of ISO/IEC 17025:1999 and ISO 9001:1994.  CAEAL is proud of this recognition of a major CAEAL program by the world’s second largest accreditation body.  Please refer to the following link for details on CAEAL’s scope of accreditation.

http://www.a2la.org/dirsearch/ptproviders.cfm

April 1 , 2005

On March 16, 2005 CAEAL was notified by APLAC that its members had voted to recognize CAEAL as a Full Member.

March 10, 2005

Employment Opportunity: Project Coordination Unit (PCU) at the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI), Castries, Saint Lucia (.pdf).

February 9, 2005

INMM's International Measurement Evaluation Program
(IMEP) is offering a free interlaboratory comparison that focuses on the analysis of total amount contents of Trace elements, PCBs and PAHs in sewage sludge. (IMEP-21)" Registration deadline is February 15, 2005. Click for information.

February 8, 2005

ILAC:17025 Implementation
In 2004 the Laboratory Committee undertook a survey of lab responses to the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025 and many Canadian labs responded; download the report.

January 13, 2005

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

January 13, 2005

CAEAL Board of Directors Positions (.pdf)

December 21, 2004

CAEAL Prepayment Policy (.pdf)

December 3, 2004

Accreditation Update (.pdf)

November 26, 2004

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

October 07, 2004

CAEAL Update on Expiration of SCC/CAEAL Partnership Agreement.

September 02, 2004

Accreditation of Calculations (.pdf)

August 25, 2004

September 15, 2004 - Ontario Regulation 153/04 Webcast/Webinar for Accredited Laboratories

Announcement (.pdf)
Registration Form (.pdf)

August 18, 2004

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to June 2004 PT Study) is now available.

August 13, 2004

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

July 13, 2004

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

June 15, 2004

The 31st Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop
The Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop provides an annual focus on the principals, current problems and approaches in aquatic toxicology.

For more information please visit: www.ATW.ca

May 25, 2004

Internship Wage Subsidies for Employers:
Eco Canada is a not-for-profit organization offering environmental career resources such as a job board, career profiles, recruitment strategies, professional development options, career planning tools,performance management strategies, professional certification and more.  You may visit http://www.eco.ca/ for more information.

May 21, 2004

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

May 3, 2004

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to March 2004 PT Study) is now available.

April 15, 2004

ILAC Laboratory Survey on ISO/IEC 17025

ILAC Survey (.doc)
ILAC Survey (Fax version, .pdf)

March 11, 2004

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to January 2004 PT Study) is now available.

March 09, 2004

Certification of Persons.  Do you think that CAEAL should establish a program to certify persons in environmental disciplines?

CAEAL now seeks your input with regard to the potential for a CAEAL program on personnel certification

March 09, 2004

PT Workshop.  In order to ensure that any changes to the program are based on member needs, we will be holding a Proficiency Testing Workshop in Vancouver on June 16th and 17th, 2004.

See the PT workshop page for details.

February 17, 2004

CAEAL has been representing Canada at ISO/CASCO on the work to align ISO/IEC 17025 with the QMS language contained in ISO 9000:2000. Ned Gravel, CAEAL Quality and Training Manager, is the Canadian delegate to this ISO/CASCO/Working Group 25.

Please see our International Standards Work section of CAEAL's ISO/IEC site.

February 5, 2004

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

January 27, 2004

Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta: Chemical Health and SafetyWorkshop and Symposium

January 27, 2004

The MOE Requests Your Support for the Ontario Environment Business Directory

January 8, 2004

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to October 2003 PT Study) is now available.

November 27, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

November 14, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

October 28, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

October 21, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

September 12, 2003

Workshop Announcement: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Assuring the Quality and Safety of Drinking Water
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August 21, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

July 25, 2003

MOE/SCC/CAEAL Agreement for the Accreditation of Laboratories Conducting Analyses of Ontario Drinking Water

July 11, 2003

The Multidisciplinary Approach to Assuring the Quality and Safety of Drinking Water Workshop (.pdf)

June 27, 2003

Message from the President of CAEAL (.pdf)

June 06, 2003

NTA Notice (.pdf) - new test group C-30 (NTA) currently has only 10 labs participating.

June 06, 2003

The most recent Program Committee Meeting Minutes are now available.

May 19, 2003

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to March 2003 PT Study) is now available.

May 6, 2003

NACLA White Paper on Recognition (.pdf). Please see NACLA website www.nacla.net for more infomation,

April 24, 2003

Update on "CAEAL Policy on the Estimation Uncertainty of Measurement in Environmental Testing"

April 15, 2003

Petroleum Hydrocarbons in soil survey. View .pdf document.

March 24, 2003

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to January 2003 PT Study) is now available.

February 21, 2003

The International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences (University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston Jamaica) is seeking short term consultants.

January 02, 2003

International Symposium on Environmental Quality and Human Health in 21st Century- Progress through International Collaboration and Partnerships. August 10-15, Ottawa Ontario. Download official annoucement. For more information: http://www.iupac2003.org/

January 02, 2003

Member requires infromation on LIMS systems to help make an informed purchase decision

December 19, 2002

JOIN OUR TEAM OF HIGHLY TRAINED VOLUNTEER ASSESSORS!

December 13, 2002

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to October 2002 PT Study) is now available.

December 11, 2002

Assessments Officer Position. Applications are due by January 3, 2003.

November 15, 2002

CAEAL Program Committee Members have reviewed and provided comments on CAEAL's policy on the Estimation of Uncertainty of Measurement in Environmental Testing. We ask that the CAEAL membership provide feedback no later than December 15, 2002. See our Measurement Uncertainty page.

November 07, 2002

Standardization of CAEAL PT and Accreditation Program Parameter Nomenclature: List of Proposed Parameters

October 21, 2002

SCC, CAEAL, and CCIL Backgrounder addresses Accreditation of Labs in Canada with a focus on Drinking Water Testing Laboratories. Revised June 26, 2008.

October 02, 2002

The final report for the CAEAL/CCME PHC in Soil Pilot Study conducted in May of 2002 is now available in Adobe (.pdf) format. Any comments should be directed to Richard Turle, AAQD Chief, Environment Canada, Analysis and Air Quality.

August 14, 2002

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to June 2002 PT Study) is now available.

August 14, 2002

On July 10, 2002, CAEAL Board of Directors approved the CAEAL Policy on the Estimation of Uncertainty of Measurement in Environmental Testing. See our Measurement Uncertainty page.

August 06, 2002

Note to CAEAL Members on the work of Realigning ISO/IEC 17025 (CAN-P-4D) with ISO 9000:2000.

July 16, 2002

The Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy (MOEE) has provided CAEAL with clarification on acceptable methods for coliform analysis when laboratories are analyzing samples under Ontario Regulations 459/00 and 505/01.

July 03, 2002

JOIN OUR TEAM OF HIGHLY TRAINED VOLUNTEER ASSESSORS!

June 18, 2002

Due to the overwhelming demand for CAEAL's new Pesticide Test Groups, a fee reduction has been negotiated with our PT supplier. Download this .pdf document to view the reduced fees.

June 7, 2002

At the most recent Enviroanalysis conference, the first annual CAEAL scholarship award was presented to Mr. Hamid Badiei of the University of Waterloo. The award includes a trophy and a $1000 prize. A copy of his paper can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.

June 7, 2002

Measurement Uncertainty Training Offered By NATA (Australia) - See our Measurement Uncertainty page

May 29, 2002

Directory of Laboratories (including results up to March 2002 PT Study) is now available.

May 24, 2002

The Walkerton Report, Part 2, was released late on the afternoon of May 23, 2002. You can download Chapter 9 "The Role Of Laboratories" (.pdf) here, and access the entire report at http://www.walkertoninquiry.com/report2/index.html. CAEAL is strongly supportive of the Commission's recommendations, and we will be happy to work with the Ontario Government to implement the changes envisioned.

May 14, 2002

New Draft "CAEAL Policy on the Estimation Uncertainty of Measurement in Environmental Testing"

May 08, 2002

Press Release: SCC Grants Accreditation to CAEAL as a PT Provider

April 05, 2002

Lead in Water, Soil, and Air: Downloadable listing of CAEAL Laboratories

March 23, 2002

The most recent Program Committee Meeting Minutes are now available.

March 08, 2002

New Agreement between PAHO, SCC and CAEAL: A Partnership for Clean Water

* This agreemet has been superceded, for details, please visit: http://www.cala.ca/OSDWA_transfer.html

February 19, 2002

CAEAL/CCME PIlot Study for May 2002

February 5, 2002

HIRE/CO-OP A STUDENT - Visit our new page where you'll find links to University/College employment/experience programs.

January 25, 2002

New VOC CAEAL PT Parameters for June 2002

January 3, 2002

New CAEAL PT Parameters for 2002/2003

January 3, 2002

Training Contract Awarded

GJS Mass Measurement,(of Nepean, Ontario) a division of Fisher Scientific Limited, and LABCOR Technical Sales (of Anjou, Quebec) have won the right to train laboratory personnel in the competent in-house propagation of uncertainty for mass and temperature, respectively. This training is being offered to all accredited and applicant laboratories within the Standards Council of Canada Program for the Accreditation of Laboratories - Canada (SCC PALCAN). CAEAL is a laboratory accreditation partner within PALCAN and provides assessment services to all of the environmental testing laboratories within PALCAN. Training on the competent propagation of uncertainties within testing laboratories is considered to be an important first step for testing laboratories wishing to derive the uncertainties associated with their test results. This training also promotes the use of accredited calibration laboratories to PALCAN testing laboratories, in the calibration of their reference instruments and those bench devices requiring external calibration. The winning bidders provide calibration services to industry and have been deemed competent for the delivery of this service to PALCAN and CAEAL member laboratories. CAEAL congratulates the two winning bidders on their success and looks forward to working with them in meeting the needs of our members and PALCAN testing laboratories.

July 20, 2001

CCIL Press Release announcing the appointment of Mark R.Dettweiler, MBA, P.Eng., as the new Certification Program Manager.

June 13, 2001

SCC/CAEAL Laboratory Accreditation Program: Proficiency Testing (PT) Related Policies V2.4(.rtf)

* The above policy has been superceded, for more details, please visit our PT Library.

June 4, 2001

The most recent Program Committee Meeting Minutes are now available.

May 29, 2001

2001 CAEAL Serge Villard Recipient: Dr. Renu Joshi.

April 23, 2001

Press Release annoucing laboratory accreditation agreement (.pdf) between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the SCC and CAEAL.

April 19, 2001

News Release on NACLA-SCC Bilateral Arrangement (.rtf)

March 19, 2001

SCC, CAEAL, and CCIL Backgrounder addresses Accreditation of Labs in Canada with a focus on Drinking Water Testing Laboratories.

March 9, 2001

PT Instructions are now available.

November 8, 2000

New Report Available on Measurement Uncertainty

November 7, 2000

International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Signing of International Arrangement to Enhance Trade

October 15, 2000

The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has announced (October 2, 2000) its formal recognition of three U.S. accrediting bodies: the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the International Council of Building Officials Evaluation Service (ICBO ES), and the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP)

September 11, 2000

New Board of Directors Information page.

July 13, 2000

CAEAL President 's presentation at AOAC Conference Halifax, NS June 2000.

June 1, 2000

A CCME PHC Method Draft (.doc) of the new, Canada-wide Standard method for PHC in Soil is available for download in Word format.

June 1, 2000

The SCC Policy on the Acceptability of Calibration Sources Used by Accredited Testing Laboratories is now available for download in Word format.

May 17, 2000

A new Partnership Agreement has been signed between CAEAL and the SCC and can be found on our partnership page.

February 25, 2000

Ontario Environment Business Directory 2000

February 3, 2000

Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Soil Study report has been issued and anyone interested in the method should contact Richard Turle (turle.richard@etc.ec.gc.ca).

December 23, 1999

Laboratory and analytical uses of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs)

August 18, 1999

News release from International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) on ILAC 2000 Conference

July 26, 1999

Canadian Standards Strategy discussion draft is available

June 15, 1999

CCHREI has just unveiled the EnviroJob Board (www.cchrei.ca/envirojob.html ), an on-line job bank of environmental positions that allows organizations to post job openings on-line and provides job seekers with a database of employment opportunities.

* CCHREI is now Eco Canada, please visit their website at eco.ca for more details.

July 5, 1999

Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the US Environmental Protection Agency have signed a memorandum of understanding concerning GLP recognition for pesticide studies. See the announcement at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/pmra-arla/glp-e.pdf

June 9, 1999

IMEP-14 Trace Elements in SedimentThe International Measurement Evaluation Programme (IMEP) has announced the IMEP-14 round which is focusing on trace elements in sediment. The elements are: As, B, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Ni, Pb, Se, Zn, and U. Samples will be available during June and July 1999 and the deadline for reporting is November 30, 1999. Cost is 300 Euro payable to NATA upon receipt of the sample.

Interested laboratories are invited to apply by June 30, 1999 to the Regional Co-ordinator: Dr. A. Squirell, NATA, 7 Leeds Street, Rhodes, NSW 2138, Australia. Tel. 0061 2 9736 8222. Fax. 0061 2 9743 6664.

December 4, 1998

New Information on Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)

December 4, 1998

NATA Proficiency Testing Samples Available

August 24, 1998

International Accreditations

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