Press Release: ARA Receives DoD and ISO Accreditations


PORTSMOUTH, NH, July 19, 2011- Absolute Resource Associates (ARA) of Portsmouth, NH has been awarded DoD ELAP and ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditations, solidifying their reputation as a leader in New England’s environmental services industry, and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility and industry compliance. Absolute Resource Associates is one of just over 100 laboratories in the country to earn this dual (DoD ELAP / ISO/IEC 17025) status.

ACLASS, an internationally recognized accrediting body, accredited Absolute Resource Associates after the company was deemed to have met all necessary standards and requirements. The DoD ELAP (Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) are both voluntary programs, the process is quite rigorous, and companies that qualify are considered among the best in the industry.

These new accreditations will allow Absolute Resource Associates to bid on a much broader range of Federal Projects, while still being able to serve their existing client base, which is made up of residential, industrial, municipal and federal clients throughout New England and beyond.

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About Absolute Resource Associates:
Absolute Resource Associates is a DoD ELAP, ISO/IEC 17025, WOSB, EDWOSB, SBA 8(a), SBA SDB, DBE accredited and certified small business located in Portsmouth, NH, providing a broad range of environmental services to clients throughout New England and beyond. Services include Environmental Laboratory Testing, Indoor Air Quality Services as well as Federal Project Management. The principals and partners of ARA have over 75 years of combined experience in the environmental field and have all been active in both the local and national environmental testing industry for more than two decades. Their experience includes regulatory compliance, information management, quality assurance, operations, and technical expertise in the environmental industry. For more information about ARA please visit www.absoluteresourceassociates.com.



About DoD ELAP and ISO:
DoD ELAP is a program standardizing the laboratory testing requirements at all US Department of Defense (Army, Navy, Air Force) Government owned facilities. The DoD ELAP elevates the standard for laboratory operations and quality systems implementation, and is recognized worldwide as the standard for DoD projects. Companies with this accreditation must establish compliance with the standards established in the Department of Defense Quality Systems Manual (DoD QSM), and obtaining the accreditation is a rigorous and lengthy process. Re-certification is required annually.

ISO standards are technical agreements which provide the framework for compatible technology worldwide, and are based on international consensus among the experts in the field. Laboratory customers, regulatory authorities and accreditation bodies can confirm or recognize the competence and compliance of a given laboratory by its ISO 17025 status.