Nov 19, 2009

WQA Made Stakeholder of Laboratory Accreditation Group

Move expands international acceptance of lab’s efforts

The Intl. Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) has accepted the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) as a stakeholder.

“We are pleased that our new role in this prestigious organization will help give businesses even more confidence in our facility,” said Tom Palkon, director of the lab.

ILAC is an international cooperation of laboratory and inspection accreditation bodies formed more than 30 years ago to help remove technical barriers to trade. Accreditation bodies around the world, which have been evaluated by peers as competent, have signed an arrangement in an effort to enhance the acceptance of products and services across national borders.

According to ILAC, accreditation allows people to make an informed decision when selecting a laboratory, as it demonstrates competence, impartiality and capability. It helps to underpin the credibility and performance of goods and services.

Stakeholders of ILAC include representative international, regional and national organizations.

At the WQA laboratory, products are tested to independent NSF/ANSI standards and earn Gold Seal certification if all requirements of the standard and Gold Seal policies are met.