ASCLD/LAB is a signatory to two recognition arrangements, the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) (since 2009) and the IAAC Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) (since 2008). ASCLD/LAB actively promotes the elements of both arrangements.
With reference to these arrangements, ASCLD/LAB’s current scope of recognition is: Testing Laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
The underlying foundation of the arrangements is a process of extensive peer evaluation intended to confirm and “demonstrate the equivalence of the operation of … member accreditation bodies. As a consequence, the competence (within the accredited scopes) of laboratories and inspection bodies accredited by these accreditation bodies is demonstrated and recognized by all signatory accreditation bodies.” Users “can then be more confident in accepting certificates and reports issued by the accredited laboratories and inspection bodies.”iii
As a signatory to the arrangements and in support of the underlying foundation described above, ASCLD/LAB highlights and promotes the following key elements:iv
- ASCLD/LAB recognizes the accreditation of an organization by other arrangement signatories from around the world as being equivalent to an accreditation by ASCLD/LAB
- ASCLD/LAB accepts, for its own accreditation purposes, endorsed certificates or reports issued by organizations accredited by other signatories on the same basis as it accepts endorsed certificates or reports issued by its own accredited organization.
- ASCLD/LAB recommends and promotes the acceptance by users in its economy of endorsed certificates and reports
NOTE: The language in the IAAC MLA regarding the above three elements is slightly different, but the intent is exactly the same.
All of the elements and the full text of both arrangements are accessible via the web links below. ASCLD/LAB customers, users of accredited laboratory services, stakeholders and other interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the full contents of the arrangements to better understand the purpose, value and importance of these arrangements.
Learn more about the ILAC MRA: The ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement Promotional Brochure
i International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) www.ilac.org
ii Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) http://www.iaac.org.mx/English/Index.php
iii ILAC-P4:10/2013 ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (Arrangement): Policy Statement