International Arrangements

ASCLD/LAB Promotion of ILACi and IAACii Arrangements

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.

ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (Arrangement) ILAC-P5:10/2013
“This Arrangement is a major co-operative effort to enhance the objective of free trade throughout the world. The criteria for the operation of the accreditation bodies are currently specified in ISO/IEC 17011, and supplemented by ILAC mandatory and IAF/ILAC A series documents where necessary.  The criteria for the operation of accredited organizations are currently specified in ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 15189 and ISO/IEC 17020 or other standards for conformity assessment bodies that ILAC deems to be suitable for accreditation.”

IAAC Multi-Lateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) IAAC MD 001/13
“This document describes the elements of a Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for: a) testing / calibration / medical or clinical laboratory accreditation, b) certification body accreditation and c) inspection body accreditation. The Arrangement is a means by which the signatories to the IAAC MLA for testing/calibration, certification and inspection can recognize one another’s technical competence and confidence in the results of the accredited organizations.” The IAAC MLA is “a major co-operative effort to enhance the objective of free trade in the American region and building up confidence among the accreditation bodies of the Region.”


i International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC)

ii Inter American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)

iv This is not a complete list of elements of the arrangements.  Readers must refer to the actual ILAC and IAAC documents to review a complete list of arrangement elements.