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Course Information
Course Title: (CANCELED) ISO 17034 Reference Material Producer Accreditation
Categories: 1 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
Instructor(s): Robert Knake Course Number: 82
Affiliation: A2LA
Course Date: 03/08/2017 - Wednesday Course Length: 1 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $575 ($775 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
The course is meant to be an introduction to ISO 17034 and accreditation and to briefly describe the changes from ISO Guide 34. This introductory course provides a description of the requirements of ISO 17034, formally ISO Guide 34. There will be an overview of the changes from ISO Guide 34 to the new ISO 17034 standard which was published in 2017. The course will also include a brief summary of the supporting guides associated with ISO 17034 which includes the definitions in ISO Guide 30, the requirements for statistical methods in ISO Guide 35, and the requirements for descriptive information in ISO Guide 31 related to reference material certificates, labels and supporting documentation. The course will also include a brief summary of the accreditation process for reference material producers.

Target Audience
The main audience for this course is reference material producer staff and assessors/auditors. Also, users of reference materials may benefit from learning the requirements associated with reference material producer accreditation and what is to be included on certificates or information sheets for reference materials.

Course Outline
Course Content Will Include:
- Summary of requirements in ISO 17034 and changes from ISO Guide 34
- Definitions from ISO Guide 30:2015.
- Types of Reference Materials (Certified Reference Materials / Reference Materials).
- Uses of certified reference materials.
- Uses of non-certified reference materials (quality control, method verification, proficiency testing).
- Application of ISO Guide 31 for Certified Reference Material Certificate Content.
- National and international practices and accreditation process summary.

After completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

-Understand the requirements of ISO 17034, including the differences between RMs and CRMs, the need for characterization, homogeneity, stability, uncertainty and the content of certificates and other accompanying instructions provided with the material;
-Understand the accreditation process.

Course Instructor's Biography
Robert Knake is currently the Accreditation Manager for the Life Sciences Accreditation Program with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he joined in October of 2007. He previously served as Program Manager for the Proficiency Testing Provider program and deputy for the Reference Material Producer accreditation program. He is also a staff trainer and conducts training internally of new staff and assessors as well as externally at public training events for A2LA and other organizations. Mr. Knake also serves as a Lead Quality System Assessor and performs oversights of new and current assessors. Mr. Knake has a B.S. degree in Industrial Management as well as an A.E. in Chemical Engineering Technology. Both degrees were obtained from Michigan Technological University located in Houghton, MI. Mr. Knake also serves on the Board of Directors of NCSL International as Operations Vice President of the Measurement Requirements and Analysis Committee. NCSL International is a non-profit organization “serving the world of measurement”. Previously he served NCSL International as Regional Coordinator and was responsible for organizing and facilitating local meetings and educational outreach events. Mr. Knake also represents A2LA on multiple NCSL International Committees and served on ASME Committee B89.3.7 which developed a standard for granite surface plates.