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Federal, state, and local authorities rely on ANAB accreditation to demonstrate value and assure competency for important public priorities. Many conformity assessment scheme owners, notably in the food safety sector, rely on ANAB accreditation to foster consumer confidence. ANAB participates in international and regional arrangements for multilateral recognition aimed at facilitating global market opportunities by building worldwide reliability of conformity assessment activities, thus saving time and money for ANAB clients.
ANAB is a signatory of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) multilateral recognition arrangements, demonstrating ISO/IEC 17011 compliance via peer assessments attesting to equal reliability worldwide.
Accreditation bodies around the world typically pursue IAF and ILAC recognition through one of the recognized regional cooperations of these organizations. Recognizing the value of regional information-sharing among members of the accreditation community, ANAB has signed the MRAs of the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) and the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC), which was established January 1, 2019, by the amalgamation of the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation. More information on recognition of ANAB follows:
Product Certification ISO/IEC 17065
Management Systems Certification ISO/IEC 17021-1
Certification of Persons ISO/IEC 17024
Validation and Verification ISO 14065
Level 4 sub-scopes:
Product: GlobalG.A.P. IFA General Regulations
MS: ISO/IEC TS 17021-3
MS: ISO/IEC TS 17021-2
MS: ISO/TS 22003
MS: ISO/IEC 27006
MS: ISO 50003
MS: ISO/IEC TS 17021-10
Level 5 sub-scopes:
Product: GlobalG.A.P. IFA CPCCs
MS: ISO 9001 (QMS)
MS: ISO 14001 (EMS)
MS: ISO 22000 (FSMS)
MS: ISO/IEC 27001 (ISMS)
MS: ISO 13485 (MDMS)
MS: ISO 50001 (EnMS)
MS: ISO 45001 (OH&SMS)
As an ILAC MRA signatory, ANAB is recognized as an accreditation body by WADA.
ANAB is recognized by IAQG as a global accreditation body for certification bodies that certify aviation, space, and defense industry suppliers to AS9100, AS9110, and AS9120.
The U.S. government increasingly relies on ANAB accreditation for the verification of the quality of certification programs. In view of the numerous certification programs and the necessity to assist the consumer in making informed decisions, government entities look to ANAB to provide accreditation programs that improve industry practices and distinguish quality certification programs.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Based on European Union EC 1774/2002 requirements, pet food production facilities must be approved by APHIS, which approves laboratories accredited by ANAB. Laboratories accredited by ANAB can provide the test reports required in EU pre-inspection packages or with EU certificates.
U.S. Coast Guard
Accreditation of laboratories conducting testing of equipment and materials for approval by the U.S. Coast Guard.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Accreditation of laboratories for testing of children’s products in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.
U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)
Accreditation of environmental laboratories performing testing in support of DoD environmental restoration (ER) programs at DoD operations, activities, and installations, including government-owned, contractor-operated facilities and formerly-used defense sites (FUDS).
U.S. Department of Defense Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program
ANAB is the sole approved accreditor of personnel certification bodies by the DoD for its Information Assurance (IA) Workforce Improvement Program. The National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law on November 25, 2015, mandates that any credentialing program used by members of the armed forces be accredited by an accreditation body that meets enumerated quality criteria. ANAB's personnel certification accreditation program meets these criteria, as the program operates in compliance with ISO/IEC 17011, and applies ISO/IEC 17024.
U.S. Department of Energy LED Lighting Facts Programs
Accreditation of laboratories for testing of LED products for general illumination in support of reporting performance results according to industry standards.
U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Profession Certification and Better Building Workforce Guidelines
Accreditation under ISO/IEC 17024 for the four Home Energy Professional Certifications and the four certifications developed to the Better Building Workforce Guidelines.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected ANAB as the approved accreditor for its Health Information Technology (HIT) Certification Program. The HIT Certification Program seeks to enhance the certification of health information technology by bolstering the transparency, reliability, and efficiency of processes used to certify electronic health record (EHR) technology. In this role, ANAB assesses applicant certification bodies against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065.
U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Approved accreditor of crane operator certification programs.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP)
Accreditation of laboratories that perform quantitative and/or qualitative analytical testing of paint chip (film), dust, and/or soil samples for lead analysis.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star® Program
The EPA Energy Star® Program helps Americans save energy and money, while reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. It has grown to encompass products in more than 60 categories and is used by millions of Americans in selecting products. To ensure that Energy Star remains a trusted symbol for environmental protection through superior efficiency, EPA and DOE collaborated to develop enhancements for product qualification and verification. These enhancements include third-party qualification prior to labeling, laboratory qualification, and comprehensive verification testing.
ANAB is recognized for accreditation of laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 and Energy Star Laboratory Recognition Requirements established by EPA to perform testing required for Energy Star qualification. ANAB is recognized by the EPA Energy Star® Program to evaluate the competency of product certification bodies in each of the designated product categories.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act Title VI
Accreditation of laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 under TSCA Title VI to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense
WaterSense is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to protect the future of the U.S. water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. To ensure the WaterSense program's integrity and sustainability and to ensure consumer confidence in the products that bear the WaterSense label, ANAB has been recognized as an accreditor of the WaterSense Program. Through partnerships with irrigation professionals and irrigation certification programs and manufacturers, retailers and distributors, and utilities, the program is designed to promote water-efficient landscape irrigation practices and to bring WaterSense products to the marketplace and make it easy to purchase high-performing, water-efficient products.
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Accreditation of forensic laboratories for DNA analyses and submittal of DNA data to National DNA Index Systems (NDIS). Recognized as an assessment organization for the requirements of the FBI Quality Assurance Standards (QAS).
U.S. Federal Highway Administration
Laboratories accredited by ANAB for construction materials testing are considered to meet the requirements in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations at 23 CFR 637.209(a) (2), (3), and (4), which require certain laboratories to be accredited by the AASHTO Accreditation Program or a comparable laboratory accreditation program approved by the FHWA. ANAB is formally recognized by NACLA for meeting technical requirements in construction materials testing and ANAB meets the requirements for comparable laboratory accreditation bodies listed in the September 22, 2004, Federal Register Notice.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Accreditation of certification bodies that conduct FSMA food safety audits of foreign food entities using FDA's safety standards and, based on their audit findings, may issue certifications of foreign food facilities and the foods they produce for people and animals.
U.S. General Services Administration
Recognized accreditation provider for laboratories testing bunkable and loftable beds, beds with drawers and drawer units for use under beds.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Recognized accreditation body for P25 Compliance Assessment Program and for Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness (PS-Prep) Program.
National Institute of Standards and Technology NVCASE Program
Recognized as an accreditation body in accordance with Section 10 of the NIST Requirements & Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU Notified Body Status and the NIST Requirements & Application for U.S. Conformity Assessment Bodies Seeking EU Radio Equipment Directive (RED) 2014/53/EU Notified Body Status.
Authorized accreditor under Phase-I CAB Designation of APEC Tel MRA and Phase-II CAB Designation to OFCA - Hong Kong. Accreditation of U.S. laboratories seeking NIST designation to foreign economies under the EMC/Telecom Mutual Recognition Agreements for specific test methods/standards covered under the MRAs. Accreditation of laboratories to test host, router, and network protection products for compliance to the USGv6-v1 profile.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Accepted by the NRC as an alternative to the methods used by licensees to qualify commercial-grade calibration service providers (as defined by 10 CFR Part 21).
Federal Communications Commission
Accreditation of laboratories that perform testing of telecommunication equipment subject to FCC rules. Accredited laboratories are entered in an FCC database of laboratories qualified to conduct FCC testing.
National Institute of Justice
Recognized as a provider of forensic accreditation.
Government of Canada
Multiple States and Localities
ANAB is a recognized accreditor by several states for crane operator certification:
The City of Pittsburgh requires ANAB accreditation of certifications for HVAC Fire Life Safety Technicians.
California: Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
Accreditation of laboratories to the requirements of The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standard under the California State Water Resources Control Board Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP).
California: Caltrans Structural Materials Testing Branch, Office of Structural Materials
Accreditation of laboratories to requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 for specific tests on reinforcement splicing.
Florida: Environmental Laboratory Certification Program
Accreditation of laboratories for testing of drinking water.
Accreditation of testing laboratories under the EPD's Rules for Commercial Environmental Laboratories.
Illinois: Green Governments Coordinating Council
Accreditation of laboratories for testing of products to meet criteria of Green Seal or EcoLogo Standards per Guidelines and Specifications for the Green Cleaning School Act (105 ILCS 140).
Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
Performance of onsite assessment to the requirement of field sampling and measurement organization (FSMO) standard in support of accreditation by Louisiana ELAP.
Maryland: Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Office of Health Care Quality
Accreditation of forensic laboratories in accordance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) Title 10, Subtitle 51 Forensic Laboratories.
Maryland: Department of State Police, Office of the State Fire Marshal
Accreditation of testing laboratories that perform work for the state.
Minnesota: Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
Performance of onsite assessment in support of accreditation by MN-ELAP.
Accreditation of laboratories that conduct forensic analysis in the disciplines of toxicology, identification of controlled substances, and/or trace evidence.
Accreditation of laboratories performing forensic and scientific analyses under the State of Massachusetts, in Subsection (b) of Section 8 of Chapter 278A of the General Laws.
New York: New York City Building Code
Accreditation of special inspection agencies under Section (c)(3) of 1 RCNY 101-06. Accreditation of laboratories for testing and evaluation of performance of material and equipment regulated by Construction Codes per 1 RCNY 101-07. Accreditation of inspection agencies to evaluate building products for continuous compliance with applicable standards through the listing period per 1 RCNY 101-07.
Accreditation of laboratories for conformance to specific forensic requirements for forensic analysis, analysis of DNA samples and typing results of DNA samples, and chemical analysis of blood or urine under North Carolina Article 4, Chapter 114.16.1.
Recognition as an accreditor for testing and calibration laboratories and inspection agencies for the Building Code and Residential Code of Ohio.
Pennsylvania: City of Philadelphia Special Inspection Agencies
Accreditation of special inspection agencies under City of Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Special Inspections Agencies and Inspectors Requirements Document. An agency may use accreditation to ISO/IEC 17020 from an established accreditation entity as an alternative to the Agency Experience Requirements.
Texas: Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Accreditation of laboratories performing forensic analysis of physical evidence for the use in criminal proceedings in accordance with Texas Administrative Code Title 37.
Washington: Washington Association of Building Officials
Acceptable Accrediting Authority for accreditation of special inspection agencies under the WABO Special Inspection Registration Program and WABO Standard 1701.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Accreditation of calibration laboratories under the 2007 ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code III, Subsection NCA: General Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 - Rules for Construction of Nuclear Facility Components.
IATF 16949:2016 includes very specific language regarding internal calibration activities and laboratory requirements. The explanatory note 22.214.171.124.1 establishes that third-party ISO/IEC 17025 is accreditation useful in demonstrating the organization's in-house laboratory conformance to the IATF ISO 16949 requirements.
The NELAC Institute (TNI) National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP)
Recognized accreditor for environmental proficiency test providers for provision of PT samples to laboratories under TNI's NELAP.
The NELAC Institute (TNI) National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP)
Recognized member of TNI with qualified assessors to work under contract to NELAP accreditation bodies, states, or laboratories seeking contract assessors. Accreditation of laboratories for field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMOs).
Racing Medication and Testing Consortium
Accreditation of laboratories seeking recognition under the RMTC program.
In the product certification arena under ISO/IEC 17065, ANAB certifies compliance with a number of certification schemes dedicated to food quality and safety.
Safe Quality Foods
ANAB is recognized as the accreditor of the GlobalGAP program.The GlobalGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical toxicants, and ensuring a responsible approach to animal welfare. The GlobalGAP standard is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
British Retail Consortium
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is one of the leading trade associations in the United Kingdom, representing all forms of retailers from small, independently owned stores to big chain and department stores. BRC developed a standard to specify food safety and quality criteria required to be in place within a manufacturer's organization to supply product to retailers and other users.
Azzule (Primus GFS)
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit scheme covering both good agricultural practices (GAP) and good manufacturing practices (GMP) scopes and food safety management systems (FSMS). Approval of the PrimusGFS scheme helps move the produce industry one step closer to the desired goal of global food safety harmonization. The scheme covers the scope of the supply chain from pre-and post-farm gate production and provides an integrated supply chain approach. The PrimusGFS is owned and managed by Azzule Systems.
International Featured Standards
IFS, a GFSI benchmarked food safety scheme, brings a range of food safety, quality, and food-related standards to the North American Market. In its mission to provide assurance that food is safe, ANAB added the IFS certification program to its list of food safety accreditation programs. IFS developed a quality and food safety standard for retailer branded food products named IFS Food, which is intended to allow the assessment of supplier's food safety and quality systems in accordance with a uniform approach.
CanadaGAP is a GFSI benchmarked food safety scheme that offers certification to companies that produce and handle fruits and vegetables. It is designed to help implement and maintain effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations. Two manuals, one specific to greenhouse operations, the second for other fruit and vegetable operations, were developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manuals are designed for companies implementing good agricultural practices (GAPs) in their production, packing, and storage operations, and for re-packers and wholesalers implementing good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and HACCP programs.
Global Aquaculture Alliance
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) is a non-profit NGO that develops the Best Aquaculture Practices certification standards and encourages the use of responsible aquaculture practices. GAA also works to improve production and marketing efficiencies, and promote effective, coordinated regulatory and trade policies. To promote responsible practices across the aquaculture industry, GAA coordinates the development of Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification standards for hatcheries, farms, processing facilities, and feed mills. The BAP program drives continued improvements via high standards that deliver significant benefits industrywide. The BAP standards cover aquaculture facilities for a variety of fish and crustacean species.
ANAB certifies compliance with a number of certification schemes in the product certification arena under ISO/IEC 17065.
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
ANAB administers an accreditation service for certification bodies operating under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Chain of Custody (SFI CoC) and/or the PEFC Chain of Custody (PEFC CoC) programs. These initiatives positively impact a range of forest-based products and their movement from the forest to the end user.
Accredited Elevator/Escalator Certification Organizations (AECOs) are accredited by ANAB to evaluate and certify elevator and escalator systems, subsystems, components, and functions against the guidelines of ASME A17.7/CSA B44.7, a standard developed jointly by ASME and the CSA. The AECO designation demonstrates that accredited organizations are competent and capable at assessing compliance to standards that help assure the safety and reliability of elevators and escalators.
International Halal Accreditation Forum
Halal products and services, which include food and beverages, cosmetics and personal care, pharmaceuticals, apparel, logistics, finance, tourism and hospitality, and more, are in high demand, with stakeholders ranging from consumers, traders, manufacturers, and government. Halal accreditation bodies serve to ensure safety and transparency in certifying and verifying Halal products, as demand for these products grows.
Hockey Equipment Certification Council
ANAB accredits product certification bodies that certify compliance with the requirements established by the Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC) for the safety of hockey equipment. Certification of compliance with HECC requirements is mandated by USA Hockey, The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and the NCAA (for face masks only).
ANAB's role is not to recognize or develop standards, schemes, or GHG methodologies; rather, ANAB's accreditation program provides validators and verifiers recognition from various organizations, including: