CALA Quarterly Newsletter

October 2017

Good morning CALA Customer and Members,

I'm delighted to be making another contribution to the CALA newsletter since joining 4 short months ago. The focus of this issue is the impending new ISO/IEC 17025 standard.  There are a number of resources to support our accredited laboratory customers through this transition process, including training focused on the new standard and an FAQ document.  In addition, this newsletter contains our customary information on CALA activities including Proficiency Testing and an update on the Association Management System (AMS).  

I hope you enjoy the new format of the newsletter.  Our goal is to have continuous communication with our customers and partners.  The new format allows you to scroll through the various business areas and delve into those that are pertinent to you.  

I strongly believe that communication is a two-way process.  So in addition to all the information we are sharing with you, I would like to take this opportunity to reach out and seek your input as well.  Please link here, to find out how to express your thoughts on accreditation and the accreditation process.  Meanwhile, enjoy the October issue of the newsletter.  

Best regards,

Andrew Adams

(aadams@cala.ca)

President & CEO



CALA is Looking For New Members to Join our Board of Directors

At the 2018 AGM, CALA will be losing a number of board members.  If you are a laboratory professional with leadership skills, and have a passion for finance or business, consider this opportunity.  Find out more...



Ready for the transition to the new ISO/IEC 17025 standard?

CALA is committed to supporting our customers in their transition to the new ISO/IEC 17025 standard.  This newsletter has the most recent information on the status of the new standard, along with laboratory expectations and timelines in order to retain accreditation. Read internal more…

We've also included a section on supporting resources for your transition to ISO/IEC 17025.  This includes CALA Training and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.  The FAQ is a work in progress, so although we've published the 1st version here, keep checking our website for updated versions as we continue to make additions.


CALA Training Update

CALA is offering 2 new training courses to coincide with the expected release of the revised ISO/IEC 17025 standard.  To help your laboratory understand the revised standard and update your quality system to meet the new requirements, consider signing up for one or both of the courses.  Read more about these courses and the upcoming dates…


Proficiency Testing Updates

CALA's Proficiency Testing Program is happy to announce that many of the PT pricing levels will be maintained at the 2017 rates.  Some exceptions will apply.  We are also pleased to announce some potential new test groups.  You can find out the lates PT updates here.


Association Management System (AMS)

Interested in the latest update on the CALA's Association Management System (AMS)?  Learn about the most recent milestones and available training videos by linking here.  


CALA Assessors Mark Your Calendars for the Biennial Training!  

More details here.  


Congratulations to the Recipients of the John Lawrence Student Scholarships!

CALA recently awarded 2 scholarships.  The recipients were Ivy Luu and Vanessa Yang.  Read about the winners here.   


Next Board Meeting

The next CALA board meeting will take place at the CALA offices in Ottawa on November 24th, 2017.

For a full list of the CALA Board Members, follow this link.


CALA Membership Benefits

Consider becoming a CALA Member.  Find out the benefits of membership.  


Looking for Insurance?

CALA has partnered with Rhodes & Williams (Insurance Brokerage) and Berkley Canada (Commercial Insurance Company) to offer solutions that can reduce your total cost of risk.  Find out more.


Travelling?  Need to rent a car?

Consider using CALA's preferred car rental companies. Both National and Enterprise offer solutions for CALA members.  


Looking for survey software?

Are you in the market for survey software and analytics.  QuestionPro is offer a 50% savings to CALA clients.