Ben Perillo, president of Forensic Quality Services; John Knappenberger, president and CEO of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and Keith Greenaway, ACLASS vice president met in Milwaukee to formalize the acquisition of FQS.
The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board has acquired Forensic Quality Services, Inc. (FQS), expanding the company's range of conformity assessment services to include accreditation of forensic testing agencies.
FQS has provided ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations to forensic testing agencies in the United States longer than any other organization.
"The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board will maintain the FQS brand because we recognize its enduring value," said John J. Knappenberger, president and CEO of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board. "We will also retain FQS's employees because their knowledge and expertise in the forensics field are unmatched."
With the acquisition of FQS, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board builds on its services, which include accreditation of calibration and testing laboratories, inspection bodies, reference material producers, proficiency testing providers, and certification bodies that audit and issue certificates to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and other management systems standards.
"The FQS brand benefits by joining forces with the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board's family of brands," said Ben Perillo, president of FQS. "The combined resources of ANAB, ACLASS, ANSI, ASQ - and now FQS - provide a full range of customer-focused conformity assessment services in the United States and elsewhere."
FQS is internationally recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC) through the signing of multilateral recognition arrangements that facilitate the acceptance of test data between FQS-accredited laboratories and the international community.
"With this acquisition, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board becomes the leader for independent third-party accreditation of forensic testing agencies," said Keith Greenaway, ACLASS vice president. "Current FQS customers will experience no change in accreditation status and no interruption to their accreditation cycles. Their FQS accreditations will maintain the same international recognition they have today."
Forensic Quality Services is a not-for-profit membership organization incorporated in Florida. FQS accredited the first U.S. forensic testing agency to ISO/IEC 17025 and the first U.S. forensic crime laboratory to ISO/IEC 17025. FQS has been recognized by the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation since 2004, and is a signatory of the multilateral recognition arrangements of ILAC and IAAC. FQS is recognized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations to perform QAS DNA assessment and by the National Institute of Justice as a provider. In addition to its accreditation services, FQS offers a variety of training, workshops and academic programs. For more information about FQS, visit www.forquality.org.