Laboratory Abbreviations List

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A2LAEstablished in 1978 as a non-profit, public service, membership society, A2LA accredits testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers and reference material producers.
AAALACAAALAC is a private nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through a voluntary accreditation program. AAALAC stands for the “Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.”
AAMIAssociation for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Standards for Medical Instrumentation.
AIHAAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association ( AIHA ) Laboratory accreditation programs based on international standards administered by the American Industrial Hygiene Association
ANSIThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is an organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system
AOACAOAC is an international not-for-profit scientific association that provides accreditation, proficiency testing, assessment of methods and certification. AOAC “Official Methods of Analysis” have been defined as “official” by regulations promulgated for enforcement of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 CFR 2.19), recognized in Title 9 of USDA-FSIS Code of Federal Regulations, and in some cases by the US environmental Protection Agency
ASTMAmerican Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International is a voluntary standards development organization for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services.
BPBritish Pharmacopoeia ( BP )is standards for medicinal substances and pharmaceutical products in the UK.
CABConformity Assessment Body (CAB) in accordance with the US-EU mutual recognition agreement.
CLIAThe U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In total CLIA covers approximately 175,000 laboratory entities. The Division of Laboratory Services, within the Survey and Certification Group, under the Center for Medicaid and State Operations has the responsibility for implementing the CLIA Program.
Codex AlimentariusThe Codex Alimentarius are international standards for foods and agriculture.
DARDeutscher Akkreditierungs Rat ( DAR ) Germany Standards and Accreditation System
DEAUS Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ).
DIN V 55394-1/2:2000European Standards for laboratories providing for Proficiency testing by interlaboratory comparisons.
DIN EN 45003:1995Calibration and testing laboratory accreditation systems – General requirements for operation and recognition
EPEuropean Pharmacopoeia ( EP )is standards for medicinal substances and pharmaceutical products in the EU
EPAUS environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) . EPA’s drinking water standards program has established health based standards for more than 80 contaminants. Laboratories in the US analyzing drinking water compliance samples must be certified by EPA or the State.
FDAUS Food and Drug Administration ( FDA )
FHSAUS Federal Hazardous Substances Act ( FHSA )
GLPGood Laboratory Practices ( GLP ) are US Food and Drug Administration regulations for Bioresearch Monitoring.
GMPGood Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) are US Food and Drug Administration regulations for manufacturing and testing pharmaceuticals and food products.
IEEEInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. ( IEEE ) is a non-profit, technical professional association with consensus-based standards in the computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics areas.
ISO 9000ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 156 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives. The ISO 9000 family is primarily concerned with “quality management”.
ISO 17025ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 156 countries working in partnership with international organizations, governments, industry, business and consumer representatives. The ISO 17025 are the General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
NATANATA is the Australia’s Government-endorsed provider of accreditation for laboratories and similar testing facilities. NATA is also Australia’s GLP compliance monitoring authority for Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and represents Australia on the OECD GLP Working Group;
NCCLSNCCLS is a global, nonprofit, standards-developing organization that promotes the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the healthcare community.
NELACNational environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference ( NELAC ) is a US voluntary association of State and Federal agencies. NELAC’s purpose is to establish and promote mutually acceptable performance standards for the operation of environmental laboratories.
NELAPThe US EPA’s National environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) office provides support to NELAC and evaluation of the accrediting authority programs.
NVLAPNational Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) NVLAP is part of the Standards Services Division within the US NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology ) Technology Services. Fields of Accreditation include Calibration Laboratories, Chemical Calibration, Dosimetry, Electromagnetic Compatibility and Telecommunications, environmental, Fasteners and Metals Information Technology Security Testing, Product Testing
SCCStandards Council of Canada ( SCC )
UKASThe United Kingdom Accreditation Service is the sole national accreditation body recognised by the UK government to assess, against internationally agreed standards, organisations that provide certification, testing, inspection and calibration services. Accreditation by UKAS demonstrates the competence, impartiality and performance capability of these evaluators.
USDAUS Department of Agriculture
USPUS Pharmacopeia are standards established by The United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc. to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use.

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