Alkemist Labs Receives ISO 17025 Accreditation, Also Meets AOAC ALACC Guidelines
Costa Mesa, CA (January 12, 2016) – Alkemist Labs is pleased to announce ISO 17025 accreditation by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). The Lab has also met the AOAC Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee (ALACC) guidelines that are newly revised to include criteria specific to testing dietary supplements. Both of these independent benchmarks further substantiate Alkemist Labs stated commitment to the highest standards of testing.
The ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates that Alkemist Labs meets managerial and technical quality benchmarks as required by the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories for the tests performed within Alkemist’s scope. It involved a thorough assessment and review of the lab’s quality management system and competence to perform Dietary Supplement Identification and Qualitative Analysis HPTLC testing and Botanical Identification and Qualitative Analysis by Microscopy.
This certification meets the A2LA P112 Flexible Scope Policy, which states: “There are circumstances in which a laboratory performs testing activities for which it can not identify either standard test methods prepared by national, international, or professional standards writing bodies or in-house developed non-standard methods on their fixed scope of accreditation. These situations usually arise when the laboratory requires flexibility in allowing for changes in the matrices within a product area (flexibility concerning object/matrix/sample) or with respect to parameters (flexibility concerning parameters/components/analytes)” which allows the lab discretion to adapt method parameters to a wide variety of preparations and products to best meet customer needs.
“Often times ISO 17025 is marketed as an overall blanket symbol of quality for all methods, however its important to understand the scope of the accreditation and not assume it is for something relevant to the tests you might be needing,” said Elan Sudberg, CEO of Alkemist Labs. “It’s important to ask what a certification is for and not make assumptions.”
Holly Johnson Ph.D., Alkemist’s Laboratory Director, added “our lab’s Quality Management system is first-rate and I had no doubt A2LA would find us compliant with the ISO 17025 standard, but I am delighted they granted us a flexible scope, which indicates confidence in our expertise to apply appropriate valid methods in a complex and fluctuating product market.”
In addition, Alkemist Labs has also met the more specific requirements of AOAC Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee (ALACC) Guidelines for Laboratories Performing Microbiological and Chemical Analyses of Food, Dietary Supplements, and Pharmaceuticals. Accreditation to this guidance demonstrates that Alkemist Labs has technical expertise and quality systems specific to the dietary supplement, food and pharmaceutical industries which go above and beyond those of ISO/IEC 17025.
The Scope of Accreditation to ICO/IEC 17025:2005 certificate # 3851.01 is valid through February 2018:
A2LA is the largest U.S.-based, multi-discipline accreditation body with over 35 years of experience providing internationally recognized accreditation services and quality training. A2LA’s world-class accreditation services encompass testing and calibration laboratories, medical testing laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers and product certification bodies. Organizations are accredited to international standards and field-specific requirements developed with government and industry collaboration. A2LA also offers a wide variety of both public and private on-site training programs to complement the various accreditation programs.
About AOAC International
AOAC International is a globally recognized, 501(c)(3), independent, third party, not-for-profit association and voluntary consensus standards developing organization founded in 1884. AOAC’s primary activity is the development of globally accepted standards. AOAC’s standards development process relies on stakeholder panels to develop consensus-based method performance requirements, and volunteer expert review panels to evaluate potential methods – all based on the community’s specific method needs. AOAC’s independent third party status, vast experience, and volunteer leadership all contribute to the credibility, defensibility, and acceptability of standards and methods developed through their processes.
About Alkemist Labs
Alkemist Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited contract testing laboratory specializing in plant authentication, botanical ingredient identification and quantitative analytical services to the Food & Beverage, Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical industries. Located in Costa Mesa, California, Alkemist Labs offers clients a wide range of specialty research services to evaluate the identity, purity and quality of botanical raw materials, dietary ingredients and finished products. Alkemist Labs produces a complete line of Composite Reference Botanicals (CRBs), critical tools for botanical identity verification, and also distributes phytochemical reference standards from Extrasynthese of Lyon, France. Alkemist Labs has become the ideal “Partner for Quality” to companies interested in producing high quality natural products requiring independent, third-party analysis, Stability/Shelf-life studies, Certification of Analysis and cGMP compliance.