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Significant Events in ANAB History

1989

George Lofgren hired (4/24)

Incorporation as Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) (11/13)

1990

First meeting of RAB board of directors: Paul Borawski, ASQC; James Chittick, Dow Corning Corp.; George Lofgren; Donald Marquardt, E. I. duPont deNemours; Carl Munro, E.I. duPont deNemours; Robert Peach (chair), Robert Peach and Associates; Pete Pence, Bellcore; and Joseph Tiratto, American Bureau of Shipping (3/6)

First meeting of RAB Procedures Development and Implementation Committee: Edward Barabas, Bellcore; Norman Siefert, White-Rogers Div., Emerson Electric Co.; John Stratton (chair), Eastman Kodak Co.; and Jack Weiler, Dow Corning Corp. (5/14)

1991

First quality systems certification body accredited (3/1)

First agreement with ANSI (12/13)

1993

International Accreditation Forum (IAF) founded (1/28)

1994

Interim board replaced by first regular board of directors: Paul Borawski, Ed Barabas, John Hromi, Spencer Hutchens Jr., John Knappenberger, George Lofgren, Don Marquardt, Ann O’Neill, Robert Peach, Elizabeth Potts, Charles Ludolph, John Stratton, and Thomas Turnbull (2/2)

Final payment on loans from ASQ (10/26)

1995

First CEO, Joseph Dunbeck, hired (12/1)

1996

Second agreement with ANSI (9/1)

1997

First environmental management system certification body accredited (3/1)

1998

IAF MLA signed by QMS accreditation bodies  from Australia and New Zealand, Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States (1/22)

Website www.rabnet.com launched (10/9)

1999

50th QMS certification body accredited (5/1)

2000

George Lofgren retired (8/18)

Robert King Jr. joined RAB as president (1/2)

2002

Joseph Dunbeck retired (5/1)

2004

IAF multilateral recognition agreement (MLA) signed by more than 20 EMS accreditation bodies, including RAB (10/4)

Board approves agreement to form ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board and merger of auditor certification programs with QSA International (10/21)

2005

ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board replaced the ANSI-RAB National Accreditation Program (1/1)

First meeting of new board of directors: Eugene Barker, Boeing; Paul Borawski; Amy Butler, Michigan DEQ; Connie Conboy, Bayer (chair); Ashok Dandekar, Fujitsu Network Communications; Lane Hallenbeck, ANSI; John Hayworth, Metal Management, Inc.; Mary McKeil, U.S. EPA; Andrew Miles, independent consultant; Primus Ridgeway, Rockwell Collins; Ronald Silletti, IBM Corp.; Jack West, independent consultant; and Steven Willis, Whirlpool Corp. (1/29)

2007

John Knappenberger took over as President and CEO (Bob King retires in 2008) (11/6)

Acquired ACLASS, expanding services to include accreditation of testing and calibration laboratories, inspection bodies, and reference material producers (9/25)

2011

Acquired FQS, expanding services to include accreditation of forensics labs and agencies (11/28)

2014

25th anniversary (11/13)

2015

Acquired Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B)

2016

Merged forensics operations with ASCLD/LAB