September 15, 2020, Frederick, MD – ALS, global provider of laboratory testing services, has recently expanded their scope of accreditation to include their newest food laboratory under the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) satellite program. This new ALS laboratory is a greenfield startup laboratory in Houston, Texas that sought accreditation by A2LA for testing. Less than 90 days after construction of this new facility was completed, A2LA granted accreditation to the Houston, Texas laboratory, enabling them to perform biological testing under the quality program from ALS’s Marshfield, Wisconsin laboratory. A2LA has a long working relationship with ALS and, using remote assessing techniques and procedures, was able to perform the necessary technical assessment remotely and grant this accreditation. Accreditation by an impartial, third-party accreditation body such as A2LA is a critical indicator of the quality of newly produced tests and methods.
ALS provides testing, inspection, certification, and verification services through hundreds of dedicated laboratories all over the world. Cutting-edge technology and innovative methods have positioned ALS as an industry leader in many different categories of testing.
“ALS is very excited to obtain its A2LA accreditation for the molecular testing of surfaces and products in environmental sanitation programs based on rapid pathogen testing using ELISA methods. Houston is home to many large food manufacturers, food distributors and the best restaurants in Texas.” Remarked Scott Griggs, Director of Food USA “. “ALS has been a leading supplier of Salmonella and Listeria testing services in food manufacturing, distribution and restaurants worldwide. The addition of the Houston lab is a logical extension of these established services and allows ALS to service clients beyond the food industry.”
All six ALS food laboratories are accredited by A2LA for a variety of tests under the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. Accreditation to this standard confirms an organization’s competence and their capacity to produce sound, reliable results. “A2LA has a very solid history with ALS and has tremendous confidence in their systems and technical competence, which allowed us to extend this satellite accreditation to the Houston laboratory.” said Trace McInturff, A2LA VP of Accreditation Services. “A2LA is very proud to work with our laboratories and assist in adding critical technical capabilities in these particular times of need.” For more information about ALS and their environmental sanitation programs and surface testing, visit www.alsglobal.com. For more information about A2LA accreditation, visit www.A2LA.org.
ALS is a leading testing, inspection, certification and verification company servicing multiple industries globally. ALS delivers high quality testing services to clients around the world, helping them make better more informed decisions. ALS has built its reputation around technical innovation, quality, a deep client understanding, and by being a true technical services partner to many companies across a broad spectrum of end markets covering most geographies.
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally recognized accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories, sampling organizations, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers, biobanking facilities, and product certifiers. Founded in 1978, A2LA is one of the largest and most recognized accreditation bodies in the world, and is committed to a culture of quality, integrity, community, accountability, and leadership.