Laboratory accreditation and uniform testing requirements help minimize technical barriers to
trade and reduce the financial burden on manufacturers. Almost any evaluation of a product,
material or piece of equipment is based on reports from accredited testing laboratories that are,
in turn, supported by accredited calibration laboratories. IAS accreditation provides assurance
that the services rendered by accredited laboratories are of good quality and have been
evaluated and proven.
The IAS laboratory accreditation program is modeled on the international standard ANS/ISO/IEC
Standard 17025:2005, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration
The criteria used to assess testing laboratories pursuing accreditation is IAS Accreditation
Criteria for Testing Laboratories (AC89).