Laboratory accreditation uses criteria and procedures specifically developed to determine technical competence, thus assuring customers that the test, calibration or measurement data supplied by the laboratory or inspection service are accurate and reliable.
Different accreditations can apply for different countries and different tests. Most are updated annually by independent specialist assessors and are very exhaustive in a laboratory’s tests, validation, paperwork, and processing.
It is an international certificate of competency. Total DNA partner laboratories hold virtually every Accreditation available including:
Our partner Laboratory in Australia is Genomics for Life – NATA no 19325.
NATA Australian accreditation through our partner Laboratory Genomics for Life – no 19325: NATA is the authority that provides independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts for customers who require confidence in the delivery of their products and services. NATA provides assessment, accreditation and training services to laboratories and technical facilities. (https://www.nata.com.au/)
ILAC-MRA: The international organisation for accreditation bodies operating in accordance with ISO/IEC 17011 and involved in the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies including calibration laboratories (using ISO/IEC 17025), testing laboratories (using ISO/IEC 17025), medical testing laboratories (using ISO 15189) and inspection bodies (using ISO/IEC 17020). (https://ilac.org/)
American Association of Blood Banks (AABB): An international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association works to improve health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety.
A2LA: Established in 1978 as a non-profit, public service membership society, A2LA is dedicated to the formal recognition of competent testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, and reference material producers. (https://www.a2la.org/)
ISO 17025 is the global standard for the technical competence of calibration and testing labs. (https://www.iso.org/standard/39883.html)
The Ministry of Justice (UK ONLY): works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public. (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice)
CAP (The College of American Pathologists): is the principal organization of board-certified pathologists, serves and represents the interest of patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. (https://www.cap.org/)
GBSI is dedicated to enhancing the quality of biomedical research by advocating best practices and standards to accelerate the translation of research breakthroughs into life-saving therapies. (https://www.gbsi.org/)
ISO 9001: The ISO 9000 family of quality management systems (QMS) standards is designed to help organisations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and other stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to a product or service (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_9000)
Privacy Shield: The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements (https://www.privacyshield.gov/welcome)
ASCLD/LAB – International: The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation (https://www.ascld.org/)
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA): The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations include federal standards applicable to all U.S. facilities or sites that test human specimens for health assessment or to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease. CDC, in partnership with CMS and FDA, supports the CLIA program and clinical laboratory quality (https://wwwn.cdc.gov/clia/default.aspx)