LINK Testing Quality News

LINK testing facilities throughout North America have further consolidated best practices and merged together under a common quality documentation system for our ISO-17025 accreditation. Ann Helms, Quality Coordinator for testing services in Dearborn, proposed and led the effort to align and prepare all sites for the transition. As part of this consolidation, ANAB (also known as ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) was selected as our registrar for several reasons including:

    - Maximizing cost savings across all testing facilities
    - Increasing consistency across all testing facilities
    - Increasing level of service to our customers
    - Offering additional ISO capabilities

Our transition to ANAB is complete, and our accreditation certificates have been updated on the LINK website. The process was very efficient and we did not experience any delays or lapses in accreditation as a result of this change. When asked about the impact of the transition, Ann said, "Efforts to increase consistency and share best practices across all testing facilities will benefit the company as we continue to grow. Likewise, utilization of the same processes, procedures and structures will demonstrate the professionalism and technical competence our customers expect."

"ANAB is a signatory of the multilateral recognition arrangements (MRAs) of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC). ANAB is also a signatory of the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) multilateral recognition arrangement (MLA). Domestically, ANAB has been recognized by the Federal Communications Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Voluntary Conformity Assessment Systems Evaluation Program (NVCASE), the NELAC Institute (TNI), and many other private and government organizations." (Quote from ANAB website)