APLAC MRA Evaluation of NATA

APLAC LogoNATA undergoes an Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) peer evaluation every four years in a process very similar to a reassessment. 

We are now preparing for our MRA evaluation to be conducted by APLAC, on behalf of both ILAC and APLAC, in March 2015. 

The evaluation will cover all of NATA’s ISO/IEC 17025 based fields, Inspection and RMP.  NATA has applied for an extension to our recognition under the MRA to include our Medical Testing and Proficiency Testing Scheme Providers programs.

The dates are set for 22-27 March 2015, and the team will cover two new areas - Medical Testing to ISO 15189 and our Proficiency Testing Service Providers Program to ISO/IEC 17043.  The other activities already covered by the APLAC MRA - testing and calibration to ISO/IEC 17025, Inspection to ISO/IEC 17020 and Reference Material Producers to ISO Guide 34 - will be subject to re-evaluation.

Maintenance of NATA’s MRA signatory status is a requirement under the MOU between NATA and the Commonwealth as a means of maximising Australia’s trade opportunities.