Following is a summary of one element of the forum – the ENERGY STAR Program Meeting – as recorded by MET’s ENERGY STAR Program Manager Sam Tetteh.
- A2LA will conduct ISO 17025 accreditation for Test Labs and ISO Guide 65 for Certification Bodies (CBs)
- A2LA must operate in accordance with ISO 17011, and be an ILAC MRA Signatory
- A2LA must provide to EPA, upon request, documentation relating to a laboratory’s accreditation status and assessments
- A2LA must assess a laboratory’s evidence of impartiality:
- The laboratory staff must show evidence of participating in, and passing, ethics audits
- Laboratories must have a “whistleblower” policy/procedure/program which should instruct whistleblowers to contact the EPA as well as other pertinent parties
- Assessment Documentation must be kept for a minimum of 5 years
- Test Labs must maintain impartiality of testing staff from all inside and outside influences
- Test Labs must participate in proficiency testing (PT) when pertinent and available and submit results to EPA (currently there is no known commercial PT available)
- Test Labs must report within 30 days to EPA and Accrediting Body of any major changes to staff (essential or key personnel), facilities, procedures, or legal status
- CBs must maintain test reports for certified products for 5 years, or for duration of certification, whichever is longer
The Meeting’s minutes will posted in a couple weeks on the A2LA website.
More about ENERGY STAR testing and certification.