April 20, 2018, Frederick, MD – A2LA is proud to announce the issuance of its first accreditation to the newly published ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard. Following publication of the new standard in November 2017, A2LA rolled out a robust transition plan for current and new customers to implement it within the ILAC mandated 3-year transition period.
This milestone accreditation was completed by Fischer Custom Communications, A2LA certificate number 2393.01. Fischer Custom Communications is accredited to perform electrical – R/F microwave calibrations and has been accredited by A2LA, previously under the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, for over 10 years.
“After spending almost 3 years on ISO CASCO Working Group 44 writing the new ISO/IEC 17025 standard it is very rewarding to actually see it fully implemented. Having two A2LA staff on the working group, it was imperative for us to prepare our organization and initiate accreditation processes for the new version as soon as the final document was published,” said Trace McInturff, A2LA Senior Director Accreditation Services.
A2LA began regularly assessing to the new ISO/IEC 17025 standard on April 1, 2018 with the intent of enveloping currently accredited ISO/IEC 17025 laboratories to the new standard during its regularly scheduled renewal assessments. A2LA offers ISO/IEC 17025:2017 public training courses across the United States. Please visit our website at www.A2LA.org if you are interested in gaining additional expertise with the new standard.