A2LA Staff Appointed to Leadership Roles in Accreditation Cooperations
One of the many things that sets A2LA apart from other accreditation bodies is our wholehearted commitment to improving and developing the accreditation industry in general. We pride ourselves on having the best-informed and most insightful team in accreditation, and A2LA staff members are recognized for their expertise, holding places in countless committees, professional organizations, and regulatory bodies. Recently, Trace McInturff, Adam Gouker, and Robert Knake were all appointed to leadership roles with international accreditation cooperations, where they will be directly involved in decisions that affect accreditation bodies as well as the organizations they serve.
A2LA Vice President Trace McInturff now serves on the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (APAC) Executive Committee and is chair of the APAC MRA Council. A2LA General Manager Adam Gouker serves as chair for one of APAC’s two Technical Committees. APAC is a new entity formed from the merger of the former Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) and Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) organizations. APAC is instrumental in managing and expanding a comprehensive mutual recognition arrangement among accreditation bodies in the Asia-Pacific region. The APAC MRA plays an important role in international trade across the Pacific, and the expertise that Mr. McInturff and Mr. Gouker bring to their new roles will be instrumental in ensuring the benefits and reliability of accreditation to all parties associated with APAC.
A2LA Accreditation Manager Robert Knake was appointed vice-chair of the Multilateral Recognition Arrangements Committee and Group at the InterAmerican Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC). Much like APAC, IAAC promotes cooperation and consistency among accreditation bodies, but specifically within the Americas. IAAC works to establish a region-wide system of multilateral recognition arrangements among accreditation bodies across different countries and regions. Mr. Knake’s role will be directly related to developing and maintaining these multilateral recognition arrangements (MLAs), which will have a broad impact on accreditation bodies and accredited organizations across the Americas.
A2LA is proud to have so many staff members recognized as subject matter experts and entrusted with decision-making roles by the wider accreditation community. The three recognized here – as well as many others at A2LA – have made a personal commitment to the industry and have taken every opportunity to expand their perspectives and use their expertise to benefit fellow professionals and accreditation in general.