January 2018

Happy New Year CALA Community,

I'm pleased to send along our first newsletter for the new year.  

With the very recent publication of the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard, this first issue includes important information on the impact to our accredited lab community.  Additionally, there are the usual business updates on training, proficiency testing, our Association Management System (AMS) and the upcoming Biennial, all found in the respective links below.   For CALA, the upcoming year will be a busy one that will see a good deal of change.  To find out more, please read my full letter here to find out more.  

Andrew Adams

(aadams@cala.ca)

President & CEO



ACCREDITATION UPDATE

Our Accreditation Update contains important information on the impact the recently published ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard has on our accredited labs.  Learn more about this and the supporting tools that CALA has available here.


CALA TRAINING UPDATE

Our Training department is particularly busy these days as laboratories prepare for the new ISO/IEC 17025 standard.  Two courses in particular, Understanding ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO/IEC 17025:2017 – What's New or Different are helping labs and their staff get up to speed and understand the difference between the old and current standard.  Many labs are finding it more economical and efficient to be hosting on-site courses for their entire teams.  More information on all of this can be found here.  



PROFICIENCY TESTING UPDATES

Proficiency Testing has a few news items to share including the awarding of subcontractors for testing samples, new test groups and the anticipated completion of a review on the acceptance limits for all analytes.  Read on for more details…



ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (AMS)

Find out the recent updates on our Association Management System that will allow CALA clients to access their own data and other service and program information through a web-based utility.  



BIENNIAL TRAINING

CALA Assessors Mark Your Calendars for the Biennial Training!  

More details here.




SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Do you know of any students that might qualify for a John Lawrence Scholarship award?  CALA presents up to 2 scholarships a year. Learn more about the scholarship.



ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The next CALA board meeting will take place at the Holiday Inn International Airport in Toronto on April 26th, 2018, at 8:30 a.m.  Click here for a map to the meeting location.  If you would like to see a full list of the CALA Board of Directors, follow this link.



CALA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Consider becoming a CALA Member.  Find out the benefits of membership.  



LOOKING FOR INSURANCE?

CALA has partnered with Rhodes & Williams (Insurance Brokerage) and Berkley Canada (Commercial Insurance Company) to offer solutions that can reduce your total cost of risk.  Find out more.



TRAVELLING?  NEED TO RENT A CAR?

Consider renting from CALA's preferred car rental companies.  Both National and Enterprise offer solutions for CALA members.



LOOKING FOR SURVEY SOFTWARE?

Are you in the market for survey software and analytics? QuestionPro is offering a 50% savings to CALA clients.