What You Need to Know About Lab Accreditation and the MRA Process

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 7:48pm


Many laboratory accreditation options are available in the USA. Not all options are the same, so buyers need to have the facts in order to make an informed choice.

This audio/Web seminar will cover the history of accreditation in the USA, as well as the different accreditation options currently available. It will address the differences between ISO 9001 registration and ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation. Accreditation body recognition will be discussed, including the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) peer evaluation process.

About the speaker:

PPhilip-Smithhilip W. Smith is an experienced USAF Maintenance Standardization and Evaluation Team (MSET) & Aerospace and Guidance Metrology Center (AGMC) metrology evaluator. His experience includes management and operating of calibration laboratories as well as training of technicians and engineers and advisement in measurement expertise. He managed the ITS (Intertek Testing Services) calibration laboratory for several years after leaving military life. Mr. Smith has performed more than 50 assessments for the American Association for Lab Accreditation (A2LA) as a metrology assessor since May 2000. He has been active in NCSL International efforts since 1990 and in ASQ since 2004. He joined A2LA as a Business Development Manager in February 2005.



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