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A laboratory that meets IAS Accreditation Criteria for Testing Laboratories AC89 shows compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17025 and has been found technically competent to conduct the test methods listed in its scope of accreditation. IAS is an International Code Council (ICC) subsidiary.
What is IAS?
The International Accreditation Service (IAS) is a nonprofit, internationally recognized accreditation body and a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC). It has provided accreditation services since 1975.
IAS assessors have experience and training as accreditation assessors and are technical experts in fields which they serve.
IAS accredits a wide range of companies and organizations including governmental entities, commercial businesses and professional associations. IAS accreditation provides objective evidence that an organization operates at the highest level of ethical, legal and technical standards. IAS accreditation programs are based on recognized national and international standards to ensure domestic and/or global acceptance of its accreditations.
Who verifies that Accreditation Bodies such as IAS are qualified to accredit testing laboratories?
Internationally recognized accreditation bodies, such as IAS, are required to undergo periodic, on-site evaluations of their operations for compliance with ISO/IEC Standard 17011, Conformity assessment — General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies. This is the preeminent international standard applicable to accreditation bodies. These periodic evaluations are carried out by international teams of experts under the auspices of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), a regional body of ILAC.
Evaluations are usually one week in duration with evaluation teams scrutinizing records and files of laboratory assessments, checking for effective implementation of a quality management system, reviewing policies and procedures, interviewing the staff and program managers, and always include witnessing of several laboratory assessments conducted by the accreditation body staff and technical experts.
This rigorous system of checks and balances, based on international standards, enables governmental regulatory agencies and industries around the world to have confidence in the testing laboratories and the accreditation bodies that accredit them. IAS has been one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States and a founding member and Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) signatory of APLAC since 1999 and ILAC since 2000.
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