ALS has recently expanded the scope of accreditation at our Wisconsin, USA laboratory to include a test for the detection of the novel coronavirus on surfaces.
ALS is one of the first laboratories to be accredited by A2LA for COVID-19 surface testing. With many US states beginning to “reopen” the need to test frequently contacted surfaces for the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is becoming an even more crucial part of efforts to curtail the spread of the disease. Accreditation by an impartial, third-party accreditation body such as A2LA is a critical indicator of the quality of newly produced tests and methods.
“ALS is very excited to obtain our A2LA accreditation for the testing of COVID-19 on surfaces in our client’s facilities. Positive or negative results; this data-based approach is part of our global initiative Safe by Choice™ helping the community to stay safe and return business to normal.” Scott Griggs, Director, Food USA “ALS has been a leading supplier of salmonella and listeria testing services in food manufacturing, distribution and restaurants worldwide. The addition of COVID-19 surface testing is a logical extension of these established services and allows ALS to service clients beyond the food industry.”
ALS COVID-19 surface sampling and detection allows customers to swab frequently contacted surfaces in their facilities with a sampling kit and return that kit to the accredited ALS laboratory for molecular testing. With a better understanding of where SARS-CoV-2 is present on surfaces and to what extent, customers can monitor and strengthen the effectiveness of sanitation measures put in place.
Director, Food USA
A2LA is a non-profit, non-governmental, third-party accreditation body, offering internationally recognized accreditation services and training to testing and calibration laboratories, sampling organizations, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, reference material producers, biobanking facilities, and product certifiers. Founded in 1978, A2LA is one of the largest and most recognized accreditation bodies in the world, and is committed to a culture of quality, integrity, community, accountability, and leadership.