Friday, June 14, 2013

AOCS Receives A2LA Accreditation

AOCS received accreditation from the A2LA Accreditation Program for Reference Material Producers, effective June 5, 2013.

A2LA, or the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental membership society based in Frederick, Maryland, USA. The organization offers accreditation programs based on internationally accepted criteria for competence.

Formal accreditation by A2LA ensures that AOCS Certified Reference Materials (CRM) have been produced and handled according to the criteria outlined in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Guide 34:2009. The AOCS CRM program provides control materials for third-party qualitative testing of transformation events in agricultural commodities derived through modern biotechnology.

 “We are pleased to have successfully undergone the rigorous audit conducted by A2LA,” said Richard Cantrill, AOCS Chief Science Officer and Director of AOCS Technical Services. “And we look forward to undergoing an additional audit based on ISO/IEC 17043:2010 in order to achieve A2LA accreditation of our Laboratory Proficiency Program.”

For more information about the AOCS CRM program, visit

About AOCS (American Oil Chemists’ Society)
AOCS advances the science and technology of oils, fats, surfactants and related materials, enriching the lives of people everywhere. For more than 100 years, AOCS has promoted the science and technology of lipids in the fats and oils industry through analytical methods, proficiency testing, peer-reviewed technical publishing, and in providing venues for technical discussions and educational opportunities.

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