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A2LA ACCREDITATION COUNCIL MEETING
Sheraton Inn, Columbia, MD
Sunday, March 13, 2005
1) Welcome, Introduction and Performance Statistics (4:00 P.M.):
Alex Klein introduced himself as the new Accreditation Council (AC) chairman, gave special
recognition to Doug Lentz as the retired chairman, and the attendees introduced themselves.
Alex then presented the performance statistics (volume of work and turnaround data for the
Accreditation Council) over the past year. Turnaround time is 11.7 days and that is one day less than
in 2003. About 78% of the AC members are meeting the target of 15 days turnaround. Werner
Schaeffer had the best turnaround time at 5.38 days. Dennis McCully looked at the most AC packages
(72). There was a total of 1521 packages sent to the AC in 2004. A comment was offered that more
packages seemed to be going to the AC recently, and it was made clear that A2LA has more new labs
and ISO/IEC 17025 had been implemented for enough time that the assessments were more rigorous.
2) Status of Action Items from Previous AC Meeting, March 14, 2004
Action 1: T. McInturff to update SOP 206 to include emailing the AC members voting on a package
that the information is being mailed to them and implement a means to record an electronic vote in lieu
of a follow up original (by April 30, 2004): Trace reported that the SOP was updated last year to
address this issue and this may be why the turnaround time has improved.
ACTION 1: Trace McInturff to look at the reason why many AC members have not received the
emails alerting them to an AC package that was coming to them (by April 30, 2005).
ACTION 2: Trace McInturff to implement process to electronically send the AC ballot to the AC and
have them return it electronically (by April 30, 2005).
Action 2: R. Robinson to update AC Handbook to be consistent with SOP 206 on returni