CFIA now recognizes accreditation by Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation

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OTTAWA, June 8, 2012: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) advises laboratories that it now recognizes accreditation by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA). The association signed an agreement with the agency in March 2012.

This recognition offers a choice in accrediting bodies for laboratories that want to provide services to the CFIA or have their results accepted by the CFIA.

"The CFIA is pleased to recognize CALA as an acceptable accreditation body for laboratories that are carrying out testing of food, feed and fertilizer," said Dr. Martine Dubuc, Vice-President of Science, CFIA. "We look forward to seeing the benefits this partnership brings to the CFIA and the greater laboratory community."

The CFIA continues to recognize accreditation by the Standards Council of Canada through an agreement that has been in effect since 1997.

Laboratories seeking accreditation of food, feed and fertilizer testing services should contact the Standards Council of Canada or CALA directly.

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For more information, please contact

Shelagh McDonagh
National Manager, Laboratory Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Floor 3, Room 303
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1
Ottawa ON K1A 0Y9
Telephone: 613-773-5314

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