Who We Are
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board plays an important
role in ensuring the safety and quality of goods and services and
in protecting the environment.
We accredit testing and calibration labs, inspection and
certification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency
test providers. You wouldn't want to be treated by a doctor who
isn't board certified in her specialty, or send your child to a
college that isn't accredited, would you? Like those accrediting
bodies, we conduct audits to make sure our clients follow
international standards and are competent to do their work.
The work we do helps facilitate international trade and
eliminate the expense of redundant audits and tests. The ANSI-ASQ
National Accreditation Board has three brands: ACLASS, ANAB,
ACLASS director of accreditation Dr. Bill Hirt discusses the
benefits of accreditation.
ACLASS provides accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025 for testing and
calibration laboratories, ISO/IEC 17020 for inspection bodies, ISO
Guide 34 for reference material producers, and ISO/IEC 17043 for
proficiency testing providers. ACLASS also provides ISO 17025
training and training on other topics.
ACLASS is internationally recognized by ILAC, APLAC, and IAAC as
a signatory of multilateral recognition arrangements that
facilitate acceptance of test and calibration data
ACLASS is one of three brands of the ANSI-ASQ National
Accreditation Board, a non-profit, non-governmental organization
that provides accreditation services to public- and private-sector
organizations and is jointly owned by the American National
Standards Institute and the American Society for Quality.
FQS, another ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board
brand, provides accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025 forensic test
agenices and ISO/IEC 17020 forensic inspection agencies.
ANAB, another ANSI-ASQ National
Accreditation Board brand, is the U.S. accreditation body
for ISO/IEC 17021 management systems certification bodies.
ANAB has accreditation programs for ISO 9001, ISO 14001,
ISO/IEC 27001, ISO 22000, ANSI/AIHA Z10, CSA Z1000, BS OHSAS 18001,
ISO 28000, ISO/IEC 20000-1, RIOS, e-Stewards, R2, UECQ QC 08000,
ASIS SPC.1, BS 25999-2, NFPA 1600, and numerous industry-specific
ANSI enhances U.S. global competitiveness
and quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding
the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity
assessment system. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the
International Organization for Standardization and, via the U.S.
National Committee, the International Electrotechnical
ASQ is the world's leading authority on
quality. With more than 100,000 members, ASQ advances learning,
quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business
results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.
ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools, and training.
The ACLASS-FQS-ANAB-ANSI-ASQ portfolio covers the spectrum of
conformity assessment accreditation. In addition to the ACLASS,
FQS, and ANAB programs, it includes ANSI programs for ISO/IEC
17024 personnel certifiers, ISO/IEC 17065 product certifiers, and
ISO/IEC 14065 greenhouse gas verifiers.
Our mission is to be a leader in guiding the international
development of accreditation processes that build confidence and
value for stakeholders worldwide and providing high quality and
reliable accreditation services with the most professional
value-added services for customers and end users.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board:
- Is committed to being a value-added, competent, and
cost-effective provider of accreditation of conformity assessment
services to national and international standards with the highest
integrity and in a timely manner.
- Will advance international acceptance of conformity
assessment by maintaining mutual recognition
- Will provide its customers the best accreditation and
assessment services possible while helping its customers and other
interested parties focus on achieving and providing value.
- Will provide its employees a satisfying work environment that
encourages teamwork and high performance.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board judges its quality
policy is met by:
- Continually improving customer satisfaction.
- Establishing metrics to improve service to customers and
- Maintaining rigorous, independent, impartial, and transparent
- Planning and developing new programs and services that help our
customers be responsive to market demands.
- Ensuring effective and timely communication to customers and
other interested parties.
- Signing appropriate mutual recognition arrangements.
- Participating and providing appropriate leadership in national,
international, and industry forums.
- Respecting our personnel and having confidence they will
deliver services that meet or exceed customer expectations;
providing a safe, open team working environment, equal opportunity
commensurate with demonstrated abilities and performance, and
competitive compensation; and encouraging personal and professional
growth consistent with organizational goals.
- Providing effective strategic, operational, and financial
stewardship to ensure the health of the organization.
- Conforming to ISO 9001 and appropriate requirements of other
management system standards to fulfill expectations.