What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a means of determining the technical competence of testing, calibration and medical laboratories to perform specific types of testing, measurement and calibration. It provides formal recognition that laboratories are competent, impartial and independent, therefore providing a ready means for customers to identify and select reliable testing, measurement and calibration services that are able to meet their needs. To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated regularly by a recognised accreditation body to ensure their continued compliance with requirements, and to check that their standard of operation is being maintained. The laboratory is also required to participate in relevant proficiency testing programs between reassessments, as a further demonstration of technical competence.
CALA delivers laboratory accreditation in the fields of environmental food, mineral, and petroleum testing. Accreditation itself is based on satisfactory participation in the site assessment program plus satisfactory participation in proficiency testing. The granting and maintenance of accreditation is made by the CALA Accreditation Council on the recommendation of the CALA Advisory Panel.