If you’ve ever contacted us for services, you’ve likely noticed a logo for A2LA in the header or footer of the documentation that we provide. What is A2LA and why do we present it so proudly? Great question! Let me fill you in on the details…
A2LA (the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation) is a non-profit society dedicated to formal recognition of competent testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers. A2LA’s mission is to provide independent, world-class accreditation programs that inspire confidence in the quality of services and acceptance of results from accredited organizations such as Packaging Compliance Labs.
To be specific, Packaging Compliance Labs has been accredited by A2LA to ISO/IEC 17025. This standard covers the same quality management system principles that are addressed in ISO 9001, but is tailored specifically towards laboratory competence. To ensure that we are continually meeting the requirements of the ISO/IEC standard, we are assessed annually by A2LA to verify that we continue to meet the high standards required for accreditation. We are also required to participate in proficiency programs for applicable testing as an on-going demonstration of laboratory competence. We recently completed our most recent assessment without any major findings and were complimented as having “best in class” testing and equipment protocols by the assessor.
Well that’s great, but what does it mean for you – our existing or prospective clients? First, you get confidence - you know you are choosing a technically competent lab with a robust quality system for your testing needs. You can also save money knowing that we’ll get it right the first time. Mistakes and erroneous data resulting from poor test execution or inaccurate calibrations can lead to expensive retesting. This takes time and money, two items that companies don’t like to waste under any circumstances.
When you’re looking for a test lab, make sure you know what you’re getting. Look for an accredited lab that can provide you with the confidence that things will be done right, using equipment and methods suitable for the testing being performed. You can view the Scope of Accreditation for Packaging Compliance Labs at https://portal.a2la.org/scopepdf/3774-01.pdf.