Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- As of March 25, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved A2LA as an Accreditation Organization for the accreditation of clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) for all specialty and subspecialty areas under CLIA. CMS grants this “deeming authority” to an Accreditation Organization if its requirements for laboratories accredited under its program are equal to or more stringent than the applicable CLIA program requirements in 42 CFR Part 493. A2LA’s program requirements were found to meet or exceed the applicable CLIA requirements, and, as a result, A2LA has been granted “deeming authority” by CMS.
Bermuda Minister of Health
- Bermuda Minister of Health recognizes A2LA as a Public Health (Clinical Laboratories) Accreditation Body and placed A2LA on the list of approved accreditation bodies as listed in Bermuda Public Health (Clinical Laboratories) (Accreditation Bodies) Notice 2008. As such, Bermuda clinical laboratories can seek accreditation through A2LA for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements.
Department of Homeland Security
- The Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) is a voluntary program that allows P25 land mobile radio (LMR) equipment suppliers to formally demonstrate their products’ compliance with a select group of requirements within the P25 suite of standards. The purpose of the P25 CAP is to provide emergency response agencies with evidence that the communications equipment they are purchasing meets P25 standards for performance, conformance, and interoperability. A2LA is one of three DHS-recognized accreditation bodies that can perform assessments of these types of laboratories in order to gain recognition by the DHS.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) formally recognizes A2LA as a laboratory accreditation body working in cooperation with the EPA National Lead (Pb) Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) to accredit lead (Pb) testing laboratories. Laboratories seeking to be listed on the NLLAP approved list must comply with the additional Environmental Lead (Pb) Program Requirements.
- A2LA is recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an accreditation body for Product Certification Bodies wishing to certify products for the EPA ENERGY STAR Program, as well as being recognized as an accreditation body for testing laboratories wishing to test products for this program. In January 2011, the EPA implemented a major overhaul to the ENERGY STAR program and began requiring third-party certification of all products which were to receive the ENERGY STAR mark. Certification Bodies wishing to be recognized by the EPA are required to gain and maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 from an IAF-MLA signatory accreditation body located in North America. Testing laboratories wishing to be recognized for product testing services must either hold accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 through a recognized accreditation body or be part of a recognized certification body’s Witnessed Manufacturer’s Test Lab (WMTL) or Supervised Manufacturer’s Test Lab (SMTL) program. A2LA is one of a select few accreditation bodies recognized to offer product certification accreditation for the ENERGY STAR program.
- The EPA requires all products bearing the WaterSense label to be independently certified by a certification body that has been accredited by one of the approved accreditation bodies, of which A2LA is one. This certification provides consumers with confidence in both the water efficiency and performance of WaterSense labeled products.
- The EPA has approved A2LA to accredit EPA regional laboratories that perform analyses on public drinking water. Drinking water certification will only be issued for analyte/method combinations specifically approved in the Code of Federal Regulations for compliance monitoring. The referenced Code of Regulations may be found at the following link.
- The EPA has approved A2LA to accredit Product Certification Bodies which certify levels of formaldehyde in wood products in accordance with 40 CFR Part 770 for the U.S. EPA TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certification program. Additionally, the EPA approved A2LA to accredit testing laboratories that wish to test the level of formaldehyde in wood products in support of the EPA Third-Party Certifiers. More detailed requirements and guidelines for those intending to become an EPA TPC or a supporting testing laboratory can be found at www.ecfr.gov by searching out the appropriate Title and Part numbers (“40 CFR Part 770”). Visit the EPA Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products website for more information.
- EPA Wood Heater Certification Program. EPA Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces relies on ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratories and ISO/IEC 17065 product certification bodies accredited by a nationally-recognized accreditation body pursuant to 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart AAA.
FDA Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA)
- This voluntary program is intended to enhance product reviewers’ and device manufacturers’ confidence in medical device testing through third-party laboratory assessment and accreditation, easing the complex process of pre-market authorization by allowing medical device manufacturers the option to utilize accredited testing laboratories to ensure that data submitted to regulators is met with both confidence and acceptance.
- FDA has established the ASCA Pilot Program requirements to describe the process that an organization must follow to have its facility recognized. A2LA is recognized to accredit laboratories globally to this program.
FDA Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Feeds (LAAF)
- Effective May 23, 2022, A2LA is recognized to accredit laboratories under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) program. Under the LAAF program, LAAF-recognized Accrediting Bodies (AB) may accredit testing laboratories to the LAAF program specifications associated with each standard and test method included in the LAAF Program.
FDA Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFPS)
- The FDA Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards disclaimer icon (MFRPS) are a critical component in establishing the national Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS). FDA relies on ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratories to support this program. Laboratories maintain accreditation through ILAC-recognized ABs.
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- The U.S Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recognizes A2LA as an “evaluation authority” as specified in ASTM C1077 “Standard Practice for Laboratories Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Laboratory Evaluation”, Sections. 220.127.116.11 and 11, and as a “national authority” as specified in ASTM D3666, “Standard Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Road and Paving Materials”, Secion 8.1.5, Note 8.
- The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 14CFR145.109, Part (b) – Equipment Materials and Data Requirements, states that “a certified repair station must also ensure all test and inspection equipment and tools used to make airworthiness determinations on articles are calibrated to a standard acceptable to FAA (such as through an NMI).” To meet this requirement, the FAA accepts equipment calibrated by a calibration laboratory that is accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory accreditation body (such as A2LA).
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National DNA Index Systems (NDIS) Procedures Board has approved the designation of A2LA as an accrediting agency under the United States Federal DNA Identification Act (42 U.S.C. 14132). (Frequently Asked Questions on CODIS and NDIS) As a designated agency, A2LA, through its Forensic Accreditation Program, is recognized to accredit laboratories performing DNA analyses on DNA samples obtained from the identified subject(s) for the purposes of entering the resulting DNA profile or DNA record into a DNA database, as well as laboratories performing DNA analyses on known or casework reference samples considered evidence by that laboratory. In addition, A2LA is approved to perform biennial external audits to the FBI Quality Assurance Standards in accordance with FBI QAS, Section 15.2, which requires that, at least every two years, an external audit be performed.
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that manufacturers and suppliers of certain electrical equipment, who intend to use a “Declaration of Conformity” on their products, must have the products tested by an accredited Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) laboratory. Examples of devices subject to DoC include but are not limited to Class B personal computers and peripherals, CB receivers, super-regenerative receivers, and TV interface devices. A2LA is one of the approved accreditation bodies under this program. Laboratories seeking to be accepted by the FCC by virtue of their A2LA Electrical (EMC) accreditation must also meet the technical requirements contained in 47 CFR (FCC) Parts 2, 15 18.
- A2LA has been approved to offer ISO/IEC 17020 assessment and accreditation to Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Third Party Accreditation Organizations (3PAOs) under the FedRAMP Concept of Operations (CONOPS).
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has published a Federal Specification for the Star-of-Life Ambulances, KKK-A-1822F Change Notice 3. Section 4 of this specification now states that the first production vehicle shall be tested and certified to KKK-A-1822F by an independent testing lab approved by the Government. Approval criteria for the independent testing lab include accreditation by an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).
- The U.S. Military has specified A2LA in various military standards, specifications, handbooks, documents, and requirements, such as those related to Transparent Armor.
U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- The U.S. Internal Revenue Service released Notice 2015-4 which specifies the performance and quality standards that small wind turbines must meet in order to qualify for the 30% investment tax credit and which requires that small wind turbine models be certified by a third-party accredited by A2LA.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Standard, Minimum Scheme Requirements to Certify Criminal Justice Restraints Described in NIJ Standard 1001.00 requires that certification bodies be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) and that testing laboratories be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). A2LA is a signatory to the IAF MLA for ISO/IEC 17065 and ILAC MRA for ISO/IEC 17025 and provides accreditation to both standards.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally recognized A2LA as competent to accredit testing laboratories to meet the technical requirements for acceptance by European Union Member State Governments under the EMC Annex of the U.S. – EU Mutual Recognition Agreement. NIST has also recognized A2LA as an authorized body under the provisions of Phase I of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) MRA.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has formally recognized A2LA as competent to accredit product certification bodies for telecommunication equipment. The scope of recognition includes:
- United States: Federal Communication Commission’s Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) Program as described in FCC Report Order 98-338 (GEN Docket 98-68), Public Notice DA 99 1640, and the FCC TCB Roles and Responsibilities document.
- Canada: Innovation, Science and Economic Develop (ISED) requirements as described in CB-01 and CB-02 documents under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
- Singapore: Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA formally IDA) requirements as described in IMDA MRA REC SCHEME document under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
- Hong Kong: Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) requirements as described in the OFCA 1 421 (12) Hong Kong Telecommunications Equipment Evaluation and Certification (HKTEC) Scheme document under APEC TEL MRA Phase II.
- Japan: Telecommunication Business Act and Radio Law (MIC) under US-Japan MRA.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recognized A2LA to accredit conformity assessment bodies seeking Notified Body (NB) status for the European Union EMC and Radio Equipment Directives. A2LA currently offers accreditation for NBs under the following conformity assessment standards: ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17020, and ISO/IEC 17025.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recognized A2LA to accredit testing laboratories under the USGv6 Test Program. This program requires that laboratories performing testing of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) products for use in the United States government be accredited by an ILAC MRA signatory, such as A2LA. )
The NELAC Institute (TNI)
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a proficiency testing accreditor (PTPA). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI requirements and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields of proficiency testing.
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a National Environmental Field Accreditation Program Accreditation Body (NEFAP AB). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI requirements and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields for the accreditation of Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (FSMO).
- The NELAC Institute (TNI) has recognized A2LA as a Non-Governmental Accreditation Body (TNI NGAB). By virtue of this recognition, A2LA is able to conduct assessments to the stringent TNI environmental laboratory standards and offer accreditation that covers all of the TNI fields for the accreditation of environmental testing laboratories.
The Stack Testing Accreditation Council, Inc.
- The Stack Testing Accreditation Council, Inc. (STAC) has signed an agreement to exclusively rely on A2LA to provide assessment services to Air Emission Testing Bodies (AETBs) seeking accreditation to the ASTM D7036 Standard Practice for Competence of Air Emission Testing Bodies, or ISO/IEC 17025 and/or the TNI FSMO Volume 1 Standard.
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation
- The Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, in a letter and attached safety evaluation report (SER) issued to the Arizona Public Service Company, approved a requested change to the quality assurance (QA) program of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station Units 1, 2 and 3. The change provides for acceptance of A2LA accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 as a means of qualifying calibration laboratories to provide commercial-grade calibration services to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station. The accreditation process is accepted in lieu of a supplier audit, commercial-grade survey, or in-process surveillance.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) continues to publish notices in the Federal Register regarding accreditation requirements for third-party laboratories that are testing in conformance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008. According to these publications and the CPSIA, children’s products and their mandatory safety rules (currently listed on the CPSC website) must be tested by a laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) that is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA).
- The U.S. Navy has placed wording within their NAVAIRINST 2400.20 Instruction to ensure that MIL-STD-461 Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) qualification testing is conducted by public or private laboratories accredited to ISO/IEC 17025. The instruction further specifies that the accreditation of such a testing laboratory shall be issued by an accreditation body operating according to ISO/IEC 17011 and shall be an ILAC MRA signatory (such as A2LA).
- The U.S. Navy has entered into a Navy Calibration Cooperative Agreement with A2LA. Under this agreement, the Navy approves and accepts accreditations from calibration laboratory accreditation bodies headquartered in the U.S. and recognized by a laboratory accreditation cooperation such as APLAC and ILAC. A2LA is recognized by and is a signatory to both APLAC and ILAC.
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) relies on the ILAC MRA to implement the DoD ELAP laboratory accreditations. A2LA has been recognized by the DoD ELAP to provide accreditation for environmental testing laboratories that perform testing in support of the DoD environmental restoration programs at DoD operations, activities, and installations, including government-owned, contractor-operated facilities, and formerly-used defense sites (FUDS).
- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP) has recognized A2LA to provide accreditation for CABs that perform testing for the detection of underground munitions. The goal of DAGCAP is to ensure appropriate quality control measures are in place to satisfy both DoD project managers and regulators.
U.S. Department of Energy
- The U.S. Department of Energy has adopted the requirement that testing on specific lighting product types “must be conducted by test laboratories accredited by an Accreditation Body that is a signatory member to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA).” A2LA is an ILAC MRA signatory.
- The U.S. Coast Guard has developed criteria to be used by its Lifesaving Fire Safety Division for the acceptance of independent laboratories that conduct initial and follow-up testing of lifesaving and fire protection equipment and materials that require Coast Guard approval. ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from an accreditation body that is a full member of ILAC (such as A2LA) is required for acceptance of testing under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Fire Test Procedure (FTP) Code.
- A joint project between the Wind Energy Technologies Office, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Wind Technology Testing Center facility is accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) to test wind turbine blades to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards. Accreditation is provided in Acoustics & Vibration, Mechanical and Electrical fields of testing. For reference: https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-testing-and-certification
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): Under specific requirements based upon the European Union’s Regulation (EC) 1774/2002, pet food production facilities must be approved by APHIS. APHIS is now approving laboratories based on their A2LA accreditation. As a result, test reports required to be submitted in EU pre-inspection packages or with EU certificates may come from laboratories accredited by A2LA.
- In its General Provisions, the World Organisation for Animal Health now requires diagnostic tests for aquatic animals to be carried out by laboratories accredited by a signatory (such as A2LA) to the ILAC MRA.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): Under specific National Poultry Improvement Plan rules non-National Animal Health Laboratory Network authorized laboratories must have a quality system that is accredited as ISO/IEC 17025 or equivalent to perform the avian influenza RRT-PCR assay.
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
- USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Laboratory Approval Service (LAS) approves, or accredits, other labs to perform testing services in support of domestic and international trade. LAS ensures the testing of products marketed is conducted by qualified and approved laboratories. Laboratory Approval Program requirements include good laboratory, quality assurance and control practices, applicable domestic and international standards (such as ISO/IEC 17025), established methods and accepted equipment, and on-site audits.
State of Alabama Fire Marshals Office. Code of Alabama, Section 8-17-272, requires that the testing of cigarettes be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to Standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the State Fire Marshal.
The State of Alaska, in Title 18 (Environmental Conservation), Chapter 78 (Underground Storage Tanks), Article 8 (Underground Storage Tank Laboratory Approval), 18 AAC 78.800 (Approval Requirements), Section (b), to obtain approval of the laboratory, the laboratory manager must submit (2) a valid certification from a NELAP or DoD-ELAP Accreditation body for each analytical method, analyte, and matrix. Contact info. A2LA meets this recognition by our designation as a DoD-ELAP Accreditation Body.
Arizona Department of Public Safety: Forensics. Arizona Senate Bill 1055 was enacted which Amended the Arizona Revised Statutes Section 41-1730. This bill modified the definition to Full Service Crime Laboratory to include new requirements, stating that “Full Service Crime Laboratory means a laboratory that meets all of the following…4. IS ACCREDITED BY AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES ACCREDITATION BASED ON THE INTERNATIONAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION COOPERATION G19 AND STANDARD ISO/IEC 17025 OR STANDARD ISO/IEC 17020 OR ANY RELEVANT FIELD SPECIFIC STANDARDS.” A2LA provides both of these options as an ILAC recognized accreditation body.
Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. Arizona Revised Statutes, Sec. 37-1402, requires that the testing of cigarettes be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to Standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the State Fire Marshal.
Arizona Department of Health Services: Medical Marijuana & Adult Use. R9-18-101 and R9-17-101. Definitions In addition to the definitions in A.R.S. § 36-2850 and 2801, the following definitions apply in this Chapter unless otherwise stated: 1.“Accreditation” means being deemed as technically competent under ISO 17025 by the: a.American Association of Laboratory Accreditation, b.Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, c.ANSI National Accreditation Board, or d.International Accreditation Services.
The Structural Materials Testing Branch of the Office of Structural Materials for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) issued on 9/15/11 qualification requirements for independent testing laboratories that perform testing on reinforcement splicing for Caltrans. One of these requirements is that such testing labs be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for specific tests.
The State of California Penal Code, Part 2 of Criminal Procedures, Title 10, Chapter 11, Section 1405 (2) states that post-conviction DNA testing “shall be conducted by a laboratory that meets the FBI Director’s Quality Assurance Standards” and that laboratories accredited by A2LA have been determined to satisfy this requirement.
Bureau of Cannabis Control. On June 6, 2018 legislation was enacted requiring that on or before January 1, 2019, medical marijuana testing facilities must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accrediting body recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
California Gambling Control Commission. California Code of Regulations, Title 4, Division 18 California Gambling Control Commission, Chapter 3 Conditions of Operation for Providers of Proposition Player Services and Gambling Businesses, Article 1 defines independent testing laboratory as an organization licensed or registered to test, approve, and certify gambling equipment, systems, and software in any United States jurisdiction; and, accreditation by a signatory to the ILAC MRA, such as A2LA, or, operated by a state governmental gaming regulatory agency.
California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program Division of Drinking Water. On May 5, 2020, the State Water Board adopted regulations for the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program and the laboratories it accredits. The regulations provide that laboratories may contract with approved third-party assessment agencies (TPA) to obtain an on-site assessment. The regulations also require laboratories using the sophisticated instrumentation and technologies listed in the California Code of Regulations, title 22, division 2, chapter 19, article 1, section 64802.20(c)(1) must contract with an approved agency for their assessment service. California Health and Safety Code Section 100837 allows the California Environment Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) to “contract with approved third-party laboratory assessor bodies in accordance with the criteria developed by the NELAC Institute (TNI) or a federal agency to conduct the on-site assessments.
Center For Analytical Chemistry California Department of Food and Agriculture. Recognized for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for laboratories testing Hemp. Title 3 of the California Code of Regulations, Division 4, Chapter 8.
Colorado Department of Revenue. On March 22, 2018, legislation was passed relocating legislation related to medical marijuana from Title 12 to Title 44. The legislation states that laboratories testing medical marijuana or medical marijuana-infused products be accredited pursuant to ISO/IEC 17025. (Colorado revised Statutes, Title 44 Activities regulated by the Department of Revenue, Article 11 Medical Marijuana, 44-11-202 Powers and Duties of State Licensing Authority)
Colorado Department of Agriculture, Animal Health Laboratory. Code of Colorado Regulations, Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, 8 CCR 1507-52 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization, such as those accredited by A2LA. Colorado Revised Statutes, Title 12, Article 43.3, Part 2, Sec. 12-43.3-202 states that effective January 1, 2018, analytical laboratories performing testing of medical marijuana or medical marijuana-infused products must be accredited pursuant to the International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission 17025 standard, or any subsequent superseding standard, such those accredited by A2LA.
Delaware Division of Public Health – Medical Marijuana. 16 DE Admin. Code 4470 State of Delaware Medical Marijuana Code Section 8.0 requires that Safety Compliance Facilities (8.1.2) must be operated in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17025 standards as confirmed by accreditation by a third party accrediting body such as American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
The State of Florida Building Commission has formally recognized A2LA accredited laboratories as meeting the requirements for testing laboratories that conduct tests on products related to its system for product approval under the Florida building code. The system is meant to ensure that safe products and technologies are used in building construction and also to encourage new products and technologies that can increase safety or meet safety requirements through less expensive means. Criteria have been established for approval of public and private entities that test, evaluate and certify panel walls, exterior doors, roofing products, skylights, windows, shutters, and structural components, as well as new and innovative building products. This approval may be obtained through either local jurisdictions for local approvals or the Florida Building Commission for statewide approval.
The State of Florida in Statute Title XXIX (Public Health), Chapter 381 (General Provisions), Section 895 (Standards for compressed air used for recreational diving) states that compressed air used for recreational sport diving in the State, including compressed air provided as part of a dive package of equipment rental, dive boat rental or dive boat charter must be tested by a laboratory accredited by A2LA.
The State of Florida Department of Health has recognized A2LA for on-site laboratory assessments under their Environmental Laboratory Certification Program. The main purpose of the program is to certify competent and qualified drinking water and environmental testing laboratories.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Florida – Hemp 17025: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services states in the Florida Administrative Code 5B-57.014 State Hemp Program, defines a “designated laboratory” as a laboratory that holds ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and is registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and has entered into a compliance agreement with the Department to conduct Tetrahydrocannabinol concentration sampling and testing
Florida – Department of Health Medical Marijuana. The Florida Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use requires the certified marijuana testing laboratory to have ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by an ILAC-recognized Accreditation Body. Sampling protocols shall also be accredited and included on the Scope of Accreditation. This is under FL Administrative Code 64-4. https://knowthefactsmmj.com/rules-and-regulations/
A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) establishes an agreement between the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and A2LA. The purpose of this MOU is to formally recognize A2LA as a laboratory-accrediting agency for commercial laboratories, accredited by A2LA for environmental tests, to be recognized as approved under the EPD’s Rules for Commercial Environmental Laboratories.
Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. The Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission requires per “Independent Laboratories” Rules 351-7-01 through 351-7.10, that the testing and sampling be done by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited testing laboratory.
State of Hawaii State Fire Council. Hawaii Revised Statutes, Title 10, 132C-3 requires that the testing of cigarettes be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission, such as A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the state fire council.
Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Any laboratory testing hemp for THC concentration must be registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to handle controlled substances. Additionally, labs are required to maintain an ISO 17025 accreditation. Idaho labs must also have a handlers license issued by ISDA.
The State of Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, in its Guidelines and Specifications for the Green Cleaning School Act (105 ILCS 140), states that schools may procure and use non-pre-qualified cleaning supplies as long as the manufacturer or distributor of those supplies provides qualification of environmental sensitivity by providing the Council with independent documentation verifying that the products meet the criteria of at least one of the Green Seal standards or EcoLogo standards. The verification must come in the form of testing data provided by one or more independent third-party laboratories that are accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
Illinois Gaming Board
- CASINO GAMBLING:
Illinois Administrative code Title 86: Revenue Chapter IV: Illinois Gaming Board Part 3000 Riverboat and Casino Gambling 3000.287 Independent Outside Testing Laboratories requires that
- a) Any independent outside testing laboratory that holds an accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Agreement and is authorized to perform independent testing laboratory services in a gaming jurisdiction comparable to Illinois is licensed to perform independent testing laboratory services in Illinois, subject to the requirements of this Subpart.
- VIDEO GAMING:
(230 ILCS 40/15) Sec. 15. Minimum requirements for licensing and registration.
- Every video gaming terminal offered for play shall first be tested and approved pursuant to the rules of the Board, and each video gaming terminal offered in this State for play shall conform to an approved model. For the examination of video gaming machines and associated equipment as required by this Section, the Board shall utilize the services of independent outside testing laboratories that have been accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Agreement signifying they are qualified to perform such examinations.
- SPORTS WAGERING:
Section 1900.1410 Testing and Certification of Wagering Equipment
- a) All wagering equipment must be tested by an independent outside testing laboratory licensed pursuant to the Illinois Gambling Act and 86 Ill. Adm. Code 3000.287 prior to sale or distribution by a supplier licensee. Under the referenced laws and regulations, independent outside testing laboratories are required to maintain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation by an ILAC accreditation body.
Office of Indiana State Chemist. In accordance with Act 52, laboratories seeking to test low THC hemp extract shall be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by a third-party accrediting body such as A2LA. (Indiana General Assembly, Title 24 Trade Regulation, Article 4 Regulated Businesses, Chapter 21 Distribution of Low THC Hemp Extract)
Indiana Standards Laboratory. Indiana Administrative Code, Title 71 Indiana Horse Racing Commission, Article 8.5, Rule 1, 71 IAC 8.5-3-3 states that laboratories performing split sample testing shall be ISO 17025 accredited, such as those accredited by A2LA, unless otherwise approved by the Commission.
Iowa Department of Public Safety – State Fire Marshal Division. Iowa Administrative Rules, Department 661, Chapter 61, Sec. 61.3(6) states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to International Organization for Standardization/ International Electrotechnical Commission Standard 17025, such as those accredited by A2LA.
Iowa Office of Medical Cannabidiol. The Iowa administrative code, Public Health Department, Chapter 154, defines a laboratory as an independent medical cannabidiol testing facility accredited to standard ISO/IEC 17025 by an accrediting body, such as A2LA, with a controlled substance registration from the Iowa board of pharmacy, and approved by the department.
Under Kentucky statute, KRS 224.60-130(2)(a), the Office of the Petroleum Storage Tank Environmental Assurance Fund has established criteria to accredit laboratories that contract with owners or operators of underground storage tanks (UST) to perform analytical testing related to Kentucky’s underground storage tank program. All UST owners and operators are required to have certain types of analytical testing performed at an A2LA accredited laboratory to be eligible for Fund participation, pursuant to statute 415 KAR 1:140. This program covers certain parameters and methods as noted in the specific program requirements and falls under A2LA’s Environmental program. This program was initiated in 1999.
The Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program now grants secondary accreditation (without any additional on-site assessment) to any organization that has been accredited by A2LA to the Field Sampling Measurement Organization (FSMO) standard. The “State of Louisiana Laws Title 32 – Motor Vehicles and Traffic Regulations, RS 32:663 – Approval of Testing Methods by Department of Public Safety and Corrections” states that the chemical analyses of a person’s blood, urine, breath, or other bodily substance shall be performed by an individual or laboratory possessing a valid permit issues by the by the
Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In reviewing an application for permit, accreditation by one of more of the identified professional organizations, of which the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) is included, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections may use such accreditation in its determination of the qualifications and competence of the applicant.
Maine Office of Marijuana Policy. State of Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services Office of Cannabis Policy promulgated rules pertaining to adult use of cannabis and medical marijuana that include the requirements for a cannabis testing facility. Part of the approval process includes an applicants demonstration to being ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by a laboratory accrediting body.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and the Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) recognize A2LA as a deemed accreditation body under the State of Maryland in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10, Subtitle 51 Forensic Laboratories. As a deemed accreditation body by the DHMH, forensic laboratories that are regulated under the Maryland Forensic Regulations can seek out accreditation services from A2LA and/or continue using A2LA as an accreditation body.
The State of Maryland in Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR), 10.62.16.01, has defined an “accreditation body” as a non-profit, impartial organization that requires conformance to ISO/IEC 17025 and is a signatory to the ILAC MRA for testing (such as A2LA). COMAR 10.62.01.01 also requires independent cannabis testing laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by such an “accreditation body” (such as A2LA), and COMAR 10.62.11.04 requires that any scale, balance, or other measurement devices, and any automatic, mechanical or electronic equipment used by the laboratory be routinely calibrated by a calibration laboratory that is similarly accredited.
Maryland – State Fire Marshall
The State of Maryland, Department of State Police, Office of the State Fire Marshall has recognized A2LA as an accreditation body for accrediting testing laboratories that perform work for the State of Maryland.
Montgomery County, Maryland Montgomery County, MD has specified in their Department of Permitting Services, Division of Building Construction, Special Inspections Program (dated 10/26/12) that laboratory facilities must be accredited by an agency such as A2LA and must meet the requirements of ASTM E329, ASTM D3740 and ASTM C1077 as applicable.
The State of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health, in 105 CMR 725.105: Operational Requirements for Registered Marijuana Dispensaries, requires that all testing of medical marijuana “must be conducted by an independent laboratory that is accredited to…ISO 17025 by a third party accrediting body such as A2LA…”.
In accordance with Massachusetts Gaming Commission Code of Massachusetts Regulation (CMR) Title 205, no new or modified electronic gaming devise listed in 205 CMR 144.01(2) shall be delivered to a gaming licensee or anyone permitted to possess such a device unless a prototype of the gaming device has been certified in accordance with 205 CMR 144.04 which requires that such testing be performed by a laboratory that is accredited in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025 by an ILAC MRA signatory accreditation body
The City of Rochester Hills Building Department recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection agencies. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the Michigan Building Code (MBC). Per the Minimum Qualifications for Special Inspectors, Fabricators, Special Inspection Agencies, Testing Labs and Laboratory Technicians, a Special Inspection Agency shall comply with at least one of the requirements noted below: An Agency has been accredited by an approved Inspection Agency in accordance with ISO/IEC 17020.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, has established through the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act that all safety compliance facilities performing sampling and analysis of medical marijuana be accredited by a third-party accrediting body, such as A2LA, and accredited to ISO/IEC 17025.
On October 1, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health published an approved list of assessment organizations for their Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. A2LA is included on this list of approved assessment organizations.
Minnesota Statutes, Public Safety, Chapter 299C, Section 299C.157, Subd 2 states that a forensic laboratory operating on or after January 1, 2015 that conducts forensic analysis in the disciplines of DNA, toxicology, identification of controlled substances, or trace evidence must be accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic-specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangements for Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025), such as those accredited by A2LA. Those performing analysis in the disciplines of latent print, impression evidence, firearms, toolmarks, questioned documents, or bloodstain pattern analysis must be accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic-specific requirements and which is a signatory to the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangements for Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025) or Inspection Agencies (ISO/IEC 17020), such as those accredited by A2LA.
Minnesota Department of Health. MN Administrative Rules 4770.2000 MEDICAL CANNABIS LABORATORY APPROVAL; APPLICATION AND APPROVAL. Subp. 2 requires:
- (1) A laboratory must operate formal management systems under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO/IEC 17025, General Requirements for the Competency of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, includes technical and management system requirements which are incorporated by reference in part 4770.2800.
- (2) A laboratory seeking initial or renewal medical cannabis laboratory approval must be accredited to Standard ISO/IEC 17025, which is incorporated by reference.
The Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 650, Department of Public Safety (650.060.1) requires that, as of December 31, 2012, any crime laboratory providing reports or testimony to a state court pertaining to a result of the forensic analysis of evidence shall be accredited by an accrediting organization approved by the Department of Public Safety. On April 8, 2015, A2LA was notified by the Missouri Department of Public Safety of its approval of the A2LA Forensic Science Accreditation Program. Evidence of A2LA approval may be found on the Missouri Department of Public Safety website.
The Missouri Revised Statutes, Chapter 320, Fire Protection, Sec. 320.353.1(5) states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited under standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the state fire marshal.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, pursuant to Division 30 – Division of Regulation and Licensure, Chapter 95 – Medical marijuana requires that testing facilities shall become fully accredited to the standard set forth by ISO 17025 by an International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation recognized accreditation body (19 CSR 30-95.070).
In accordance with Montana Rule 37.107.306 Marijuana Testing Laboratories Accreditation, a laboratory seeking licensure in Montana to test medical marijuana must have processes that are ISO 17025 accredited. (Public Health and Human Services, Marijuana Registry, Testing Laboratories)
The Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board, through the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Regulations, Regulation 11, Cannabis Independent Testing Lab, Section 11.020, requires that “testing laboratories for medical and adult use cannabis, be accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 by an impartial organization that operates in conformance with ISO/IEC 17011 and is a signatory to the MRA of the ILAC.” Each cannabis laboratory must be accredited for the sampling protocols and quality assurance tests as outlined in 11.050.
Nevada Dept of Ag. Hemp. is mandating that any independent testing laboratory who wishes to be approved by the department must also become accredited to standard ISO/IEC 17025.
The Department of Development Services, Building Division of Clark County, Nevada, has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The Clark County Department of Development Services, Building Division then amplifies the requirements through technical bulletins and the Building Administrative Code (BAC). Clark County also requires special inspection agencies doing business within its jurisdiction to be accredited by an approved, nationally recognized accrediting body, such as A2LA.
A2LA has been approved to conduct on-site assessments on behalf of NH ELAP according to Env-C 310 THIRD PARTY ASSESSOR ORGANIZATIONS; THIRD PARTY ASSESSORS. Upon being notified of its approval, the TPAO shall enter into a written agreement with the department by which it commits to meet the requirements of Env-C 310.05(a)(3) through (7), below, prior to conducting an assessment pursuant to Env-C 310.01 or Env-C 310.02
New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 7, Sec. 7:29-2.5 states that sound level meters and the calibrator must be recalibrated […] by a laboratory accredited for such calibrations by […] the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.
New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission. In accordance with New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, N.J.A.C. 17:30, cannabis laboratories must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA.
The New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau relies on third-party accreditation bodies to accredit laboratories to perform compliance testing for drinking water samples based on the laboratories’ A2LA accreditation through The NELAC Institute’s Non-Governmental Accreditation Body (NGAB) recognition.
New York City Department of Buildings. New York Law, Article 6-C, 156-C states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to Standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard as the office of fire prevention and control shall require by regulation.
New York State Office of Cannabis Management. New York State Cannabis Law, Section 13 and 91, Chapter 2 of Subtitle B of Title 9, Part 114 the Cannabis Control Board Relies on an impartial non-profit organization that operates in conformance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) / International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard 17011 and is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for testing to provide accreditation services to ISO/IEC 17025 to independent, third-party laboratories testing cannabinoid hemp products.
New York City Department of Buildings
The New York City Department of Buildings has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection bodies, as detailed on their website. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). The NYC Department of Buildings also has specific technical requirements which form part of A2LA’s accreditation program in this area.
The New York City Department of Buildings, Office of Technical Certification and Research has also recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting concrete construction materials testing laboratories to ASTM C1077, C1093, and E329-07.
Under North Carolina Article 4, Chapter 114.16.1, formally referred to as “The Forensic Sciences Act of 2011,” the general assembly of North Carolina has established criteria for the admissibility of forensic analysis as evidence in courts of law. A forensic analysis, to be admissible in accordance with these requirements, shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic-specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing. Additionally, the analysis of DNA samples and typing results of DNA samples and the chemical analysis of blood or urine shall be performed by a laboratory that is accredited by an accrediting body that requires conformance to forensic specific requirements and which is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement for Testing.
North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall. North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 58, Article 92, Sec 58-92-15 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the commissioner.
The Ohio Board of Building Standards has listed A2LA as an approved accreditation body in Ohio Building Code Chapter 35, Ohio Mechanical Code Chapter 15, Ohio Plumbing Code Chapter 13, and Ohio Residential Code Chapter 44. A2LA is specifically recognized for the accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, product certification bodies (evaluation and listing agencies), inspection bodies, field evaluation bodies, fabricator inspection programs/agencies, and special inspection agencies.
Ohio Casino Control Commission. Ohio Administrative Code, 3772 Casino Control Commission, Chapter 3772-15-05 requires (C) Maintain accreditation from a reputable accrediting body to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards 17020 and 17025, and any other standards as required by the commission. If accreditation is not renewed, or is revoked or terminated in any way, the commission shall be notified immediately;
Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program. The Ohio Department of Commerce, Medical Marijuana Control Program relies on A2LA for the accreditation of testing laboratories. OH Administrative Code Rule 3796:4-2-02 Testing Laboratory Proficiency Testing and Certification states:
- (A) Within two calendar years of the date of issuance of a provisional license by the department, a testing laboratory shall become accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 “General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories” standard by a non-profit accreditation body that is signatory to the “International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA)” and which operates in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011 “General Requirements for accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies,” and shall consent to have all inspections and reports pertaining to certification and accreditation made available to the department.
- (B) The department may require a testing laboratory to participate in third party proficiency testing programs administered by organizations accredited to ISO/IEC 17043 “Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Proficiency Testing,” if such programs are available.
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Division of Environmental Services. Administrative Code 3745-89-12, allows alternate laboratory certification. The laboratory is certified by the US EPA, the national environmental laboratory accreditation program (NELAP), or by another environmental laboratory accreditation program acceptable to the Director. A2LA meets this requirement through our recognition as a NELAP Non-Government Accreditation Body.
Oklahoma State Fire Marshal. Oklahoma Administrative Code, Title 265, Chapter 40, Sec 265:40-1-3 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard as determined by the State Fire Marshal.
Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority. OMMA’s current rules went into effect Nov. 23, 2021. The current rules combine permanent and emergency rules.The Oklahoma Board of Health adopted emergency rules on August 1, 2018, to supersede all rules identified in this rulemaking action. The new superseding Chapter was approved by the Governor on August 6, 2018, and specifies in 310:681-1-4 and 310:681-8-1 that an approved laboratory is one that is accredited by an accrediting organization, such as A2LA, to ISO/IEC 17025 or other appropriate ISO/IEC standard.
The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, operating under the Oklahoma State Department of Health, recognizes A2LA as a provider of ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation to testing laboratories in Biological, Chemical or Cannabis accreditation fields. Laboratories applying for licenses on or after January 1, 2020 must have achieved accreditation.
Oregon Health Authority. Oregon Health Authority requires under the Toxic Free Kids Act: a) Periodic laboratory test reports from a third-party laboratory accredited to the current ISO/IEC 17025 standards by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) mutual recognition arrangement. The laboratory must be accredited for the method used to conduct the testing. The testing must show the presence, if quantifiable, and the amount of a HPCCCH, including documentation that characterizes the test methodology.
PA Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana. On May 12, 2018, the state of Pennsylvania promulgated regulations requiring that medical marijuana testing laboratories be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accrediting body that operates in conformance with ISO/IEC 17011 and is a signatory to the ILAC MRA. Pennsylvania Rules and Regulations – Title 28 Health and Safety – Department of Health – Part IX Medical Marijuana – Chapter 1171 Laboratories – Temporary Regulations.
PA State Legislature. Pennsylvania § 9543.1. Postconviction DNA testing, Section (e) Testing Procedures requires that “If testing is performed by a private laboratory and a DNA database search is anticipated, the applicant shall ensure that the chosen laboratory is accredited by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Mutual Recognition Agreement that is designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with 34 U.S.C. § 12591 (relating to quality assurance and proficiency testing standards), that requires conformance to forensic science requirements and that the accreditation include DNA testing, and is compliant with Federal Bureau of Investigation quality assurance standards,” such as accreditation through A2LA.
The City of Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections has recognized A2LA’s program for accrediting Special Inspection agencies. Special Inspections entail the monitoring of certain critical aspects of building construction as defined in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code (IBC). Per the Licenses + Inspection City of Philadelphia Special Inspections Agencies and Inspectors Requirements Document, an agency may use accreditation from an established accreditation entity to ISO/IEC 17020, such as A2LA, as an alternative to the Agency Experience Requirements.
Rhode Island Department of Health – Center for Health Systems Policy & Regulation. Rhode Island statutes, Title 23, Chapter 23-20.11, Sec. 23-20.11-4 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to Standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the director.
Rhode Island Department of Health – Center for Health Systems Policy & Regulation. The Rhode Island Code of Regulations, 216-RICR-60-05-5, states that laboratories performing environmental lead analysis shall be accredited by a program recognized by the EPA’s National Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation, such as A2LA.
South Carolina Department of Labor: Licensing and Regulation Division of Fire and Safety. South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 23, Chapter 51, Section 23-51-30 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by regulations promulgated under this chapter.
South Carolina Department of Agriculture: Hemp. South Carolina Hemp Farming State Plan states that, For this State Plan, methodology shall meet the following criteria: i. The validity and reliability of test results must be demonstrated through evidence of a laboratory quality assurance program or laboratory accreditation, including that meeting ANSI/ISO17025:2017.
The Rules of Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Consumer and Industry Services specifies in Chapter 0080-06-28, Industrial Hemp, Section (1) Acquisition, that each licensee provide prior to the acquisition of propagating material, evidence via an ISO-accredited or state department of agriculture approved, third-party laboratory that material from the variety has been shown to contain no more than 0.3% THC. A2LA provides accreditation to hemp testing laboratories through A2LA’s chemical and cannabis accreditation programs to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard
A2LA has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Corrections as a “Recognized Accreditation Body” for the accreditation of laboratories performing forensic analysis of physical evidence for use in a criminal proceeding in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 37, Part 1, Chapter 28, Subchapter 1 – Accreditation.
Per Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter K, Rule 1.135, the Texas Department of Health requires that any laboratory evidence submitted for review in relation to the treatment and disposition of special waste from healthcare-related facilities be provided by a laboratory that is A2LA-accredited.
Texas Department of Insurance. Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 9, Subtitle C, Chapter 796, Sec. 796.003 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the state fire marshal.
In Standard General Requirement Section 01454, the City of Houston specifies that laboratories testing to the latest issues of ASTM standards, TxDOT methods, or other recognized test standards must be accredited by A2LA.
The Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, Engineering Division has published its “Regulations of Harris County, Texas for the Approval and Acceptance of Infrastructure”, which specifies in Section 2 that laboratories accredited by A2LA in the field of construction materials testing are acceptable for the purposes of meeting the published regulations.
Harris County Engineering Department Construction Programs Division Toll Road Authority relies on A2LA assessments and accreditation for construction material testing laboratory accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.
Port of Houston Authority (POH)
The POH “Contract for Construction Materials Engineering Testing and Inspection Services” requires testing and inspection laboratories that perform geotechnical services under this contract to be accredited by A2LA.
Utah Department of Public Safety. Utah code, Title 53, Chapter 7, Part 4, Sec. 403 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the state fire marshal.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Utah Agriculture Code Chapter 45: Kratom Consumer Protection Act – R70-580. Kratom Production Registration and Labeling, establishes requirements for labeling and registration of products made and containing kratom. Kratom processors must register Kratom products and include a certificate of analysis for the Kratom products issued by a third-party laboratory that obtains and maintains accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 from an accreditation body that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Utah Administrative Code R68-30-4. requires that medical cannabis be tested by Independent Cannabis Testing Laboratories that maintain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. R68-36-4. Industrial Hemp Testing Laboratory Requirements. Provide the department with documentation showing that the industrial hemp testing laboratory has obtained and maintained the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17025:2017 accreditation. An industrial hemp testing laboratory may be permitted prior to ISO 17025:2017 accreditation provided the industrial hemp testing laboratory:
- 1) Adopts and follows minimum good laboratory practices which satisfy the OECD Principles of Good Laboratory Practice and Compliance Monitoring published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and development; and
- 2) becomes ISO 17025:2017 accredited within 18 months.
Virginia Board of Pharmacy – Pharmaceutical Processors-Cannabis Oil – 17025: 18 VAC 110-60-300. Laboratory requirements; testing. No (Cannabis) pharmaceutical processor shall utilize a laboratory to handle, test or analyze cannabis products unless such laboratory…provides proof to the board of accreditation in testing and calibration in accordance with the current version of ISO/IEC 17025. The accreditation body shall be recognized by International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. A laboratory shall receive accreditation within two years from the date the laboratory applied for ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation.
Arlington County, Virginia, has specified in their Department of Community Planning, Housing Development, Inspection Services Division, Pre-Construction Manual (dated May 1, 2012) that laboratory facilities must be accredited by an agency such as A2LA and must meet the requirements of ASTM E329, ASTM D3740, and ASTM C1077 as applicable.
Washington Department of Ecology. Washington State Administrative Code, Title 173, Chapter 173-901, Sec. 173-901-070 states that laboratories performing testing of brake friction materials must be accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard by a lab accreditation body that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation Multilateral Recognition Arrangement, such as A2LA.
Washington State Department of Ecology. The State of Washington Department of Ecology references A2LA in its Procedural Manual as an acceptable third party accreditation program for non-potable water testing laboratories. Procedure Manual for the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, Page 39.
Washington State Patrol. Revised Code of Washington, Title 43, Chapter 43.43, Sec. 43.43.395 states that testing of ignition interlock devices must be performed by laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and calibration laboratories, such as those accredited by A2LA.
Washington State Patrol. Revised Code of Washington, Title 19, Chapter 19.305, Sec. 19.305.020 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard required by the state director of fire protection.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Office of Medical Cannabis, emergency rules specify that laboratory performing testing of medical cannabis must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body, such as A2LA, that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA.
The West Virginia Fire Commission Office of the State Fire Marshall. West Virginia Code §47-25-3 states that testing of cigarettes shall be performed by a laboratory that has been accredited pursuant to standard ISO/IEC 17025 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), such as those accredited by A2LA, or other comparable accreditation standard.
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Water Quality Division (WDEQ/WQD) Leaking Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank (LAUST) Program Policy Number 35 requires that laboratories performing work for the program must be A2LA accredited under the “Wyoming LAUST Remediation Program”. The scope of the program covers specific EPA methods for laboratories that are registered with the State of Wyoming and authorized to do business in Wyoming. To be certified by the LAUST Remediation Program to perform analytical testing related to the program, laboratories must provide evidence of their current accreditation from A2LA to the WDEQ/WQD.
Private Sector Parties
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)
The 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code III, Subsection NCA: General Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 – Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components specifies the acceptance of accreditation by A2LA or other ILAC MRA signatories for calibration laboratories.
Airbus Helicopters, North America
Supplier Quality Requirements Manual: 4.4.1‐2 Independent Test Facility Accreditation: The Supplier shall ensure its independent test facilities are accredited in accordance with ISO 17025 by a Certification Body.
Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI)
Automation Standards Compliance Institute (ASCI) and the ISASecure program rely on ISO/IEC 17011 accredtion bodies for the accreditation of certification bodies to ISO/IEC 17065 and ISo/IEC 17025 international standards. A2LA is listed as an approved accreditation body to provide this service for this program.
A2LA has signed an MOU with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Bluetooth has established a Qualification Program to test and qualify products using Bluetooth wireless technology to be certified as Bluetooth compliant pursuant to the specifications for such Products as determined by Bluetooth. As part of the Qualification Program and according to the Bluetooth Qualification Program Reference Document, the Bluetooth Qualification Review Board (BQRB) administers the recognition of facilities as Bluetooth Qualification Test Facilities (BQTF’s), based on accreditation by A2LA. Laboratories seeking to be recognized under this program in the Electrical field of testing must meet the additional program requirements of the Bluetooth SIG.
Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturing Association (BIFMA)
Testing must be conducted in an ISO 17025 accredited test lab with the relevant BIFMA standard(s) in the Scope of Accreditation. The lab may be a 1st party (in-house) or 3rd party lab.
Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA)
A2LA is recognized by the Cellular Telephone and Internet Association (CTIA) to provide laboratory accreditation services in support of CTIA’s certification program to verify the conformance of wireless products to established industry standards.
Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
DNV has recognized A2LA’s deeming authority from CMS to accredit hospital laboratories for all specialties and sub-specialties under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). As such, DNV-accredited hospitals may utilize A2LA for the assessment and accreditation of their laboratories without a duplicate laboratory assessment from DNV.
Gaming Standards Association (GSA)
GSA recognizes A2LA as qualified to accredit laboratories to perform GSA standards conformance testing. Labs participating in the GSA Certification Program must be ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by an accreditation body (such as A2LA) that meets the requirements detailed in the GSA Certification Program Guide.
General Electric (GE)
With the incorporation of ISO/IEC 17025 in S-400 (revision date February 21, 2014), GE allows more flexibility in the approval process. In accordance with GE S400, Section 2.2.6, subsequent to initial approval by GE, a laboratory can get recertified for GE work by (1) GE Aviation audit, (2) ILAC ISO 17025 audit, (3) Nadcap AS7003 audit, (4) GE-AIRBUS-SAFRAN audit to SAFRAN Referee Document Agreement, PTL0082.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Accreditation Center (GAC)
On November 18, 2014, A2LA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GAC to provide a framework for cooperation for different sectors of accreditation, including assessment and joint accreditation of conformity assessment bodies applying for accreditation or already accredited by A2LA or GAC.
International Automative Task Force
A2LA’s Calibration Accreditation Program has been recognized within TS 16949 (Section 7.6.3) as one option that commercial and independent calibration facilities serving the automotive industry can select in order to satisfy the portion of Clause 4.11.2.b.1 which requires accreditation of calibration facilities serving the automotive industry.
Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)
The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) 14-05, Revision 1 “provides an approach for licensees and suppliers of basic components to use laboratory accreditation by Accreditation Bodies that are signatories to the…ILAC…MRA [such as A2LA]…in lieu of performing commercial-grade surveys for procurement of calibration and testing services performed by domestic and international laboratories accredited by signatories to the ILAC MRA.”
Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC)
The RMTC has specified in its “Laboratory Accreditation Requirements and Operating Standards”, Version 2.4, December 2012, that laboratories seeking to become recognized under their program must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a full signatory to the ILAC MRA (such as A2LA).
Specifies A2LA through the Aerospace Supplier Quality Requirements. The Aerospace Supplier Quality Requirements, ASQR-01, Revision 8 states in Section 7.5.2a that accreditation by either Nadcap or by signatories to the International Laboratory Accreditation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) is required for materials testing laboratories.
Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)
The RVIA is the national trade association representing recreation vehicle manufacturers and their component parts suppliers, who together build more than 98 percent of all RVs produced in the U.S. The RVIA has specified in its “Conditions and Criteria for RVIA Recognition of Listing Agencies”, Rev. 06/10/2014, that product certification organizations must be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 through an “identified registrar” that is an IAF MRA signatory such as A2LA or SCC.
Safety Equipment Institute (SEI)
SEI administers third-party certification programs to test and certify a broad range of safety and protective products. Safety and protective products certified by SEI must periodically undergo compliance testing to specified standards at independent testing laboratories that have been evaluated and awarded contracts by the SEI Board of Directors. In an effort to minimize redundant assessments, SEI has agreed to rely on the laboratories’ A2LA assessments in place of SEI evaluations. The agreement between A2LA and SEI was signed on May 7, 2002. SEI is accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 17065 by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
SBC has issued SBC-TP-76200 Network Equipment Power, Grounding, Environmental and Physical Design Requirements, Issue 5, which formally recognizes A2LA for the ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation of Network Equipment Building Systems (NEBS) testing laboratories.
United States Golf Association
A2LA’s Putting Green Materials Testing Program for soils and turf is formally recognized by the United States Golf Association (USGA).
World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
WADA, in its January 2009 World Anti-Doping Code International Standard for Laboratories, requires laboratories to be accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an accreditation body that is a signatory to the ILAC MRA (such as A2LA) using assessors trained and qualified by WADA.