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Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc.

Building Laboratory Excellence

International Accreditation Day

Press Release

Join CALA in Celebrating International Accreditation Day – June 9th 2009

Building on the success of the inaugural international accreditation day in 2008, please join the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) in celebrating again in 2009.

The theme of the day this year is ‘competence'. Accreditation provides an independent and authoritative attestation of the competence, impartiality and integrity of laboratories accredited by CALA. Accreditation that is internationally accepted and meets international standards provides confidence in the accuracy and reliability of testing, inspection and certification.

CALA is a non-profit organization with the mission to help laboratories achieve and demonstrate the highest levels of scientific and management excellence. Our member laboratories voluntarily participate in rigorous programs of accreditation and inter-lab comparisons (proficiency testing), demonstrating their commitment to generate high quality data.

The CALA Accreditation Program is recognized world-wide through the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). It provides formal recognition of the competence of a laboratory to manage and perform specific tests or types of tests listed on their scope of accreditation. Accreditation itself is based on satisfactory participation in on-site audits plus satisfactory compliance with the CALA Proficiency Testing Requirements for accreditation. The CALA Proficiency Testing Program for Analytical Laboratories and testing facilities targets testing in the major disciplines of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, toxicology, occupational health and microbiology. The CALA Training Service offers in-class training, on-line training and publications in support of laboratory accreditation.