About Centre for Laboratory Accreditation (CLA)

QAI’s CLA has been established with the objective of providing Government, Industry Associations and Industry in general with a scheme of accreditation/certification of laboratories including medical, testing and calibration laboratories. The laboratory accreditation services to testing and calibration laboratories are provided in accordance with ISO/ IEC 17025 ‘General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories’ . Accreditation for ISO 15189 ‘Medical laboratories -- Requirements for Quality and Competence’ and QAI Certification for Basic Composite Medical Laboratories as per Clinical Establishment Act. The Scope of accreditation/certification is listed in the application form as well under scope in this document. We offer accreditation/certification services in a non-discriminatory manner. These services are accessible to all testing including medical and calibration laboratories in India and other countries regardless of the size of the applicant laboratory or its membership of any association or group. QAI-CLA will establish its accreditation system in accordance with ISO/ IEC 17011 ‘Conformity Assessment – General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies’. Our accreditation system also takes note of the requirements of Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs). We have made avaliable the relevant documents for laboratories, assessors and stakeholders on the website.

The organization structure of CLA has been designed to meet the requirements of an effective and efficient accreditation system. The Centre is governed by a Board. The Board frames and approve policies and guidelines, and provide direction to QAI’s CLA. CEO, QAI is the Member Secretary of the Board.

CLA operates its accreditation process through a structured framework of competent staff and pool of empanelled Lead Assessors and Assessors covering specified expertise.

Special Features of Laboratory Accreditation/Certification Program: