Los Angeles Changes LARR Process to an ISO/IEC 17065 Accredited Process

Historically the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LABDS) has had its unique approach to the product approval process. This was to create a Los Angeles Research Report (LARR) or use what was termed an Evaluation Report (ER) by a Nationally Recognized Model Code Agency.

Recently, the LABDS invited DrJ to participate in discussions related to updating their process. As set forth by Mr. Osama Younan, the General Manager, Superintendent of Building for LABDS, the mission for these meetings was to streamline the LADBS alterative material, product, and method of construction process through the use of “third-party expertise.” His stated goal was to focus LADBS staff’s expertise on their plan review and building design approval process.

These discussions resulted in an updated “alternative product approval” process that LADBS staff have already implemented.

Los Angeles plan reviewers will now approve accredited product certification bodies, including DrJ Engineering (an ANAB-accredited agency), where the product certification agency is listed in the directory of the following International Accreditation Forum signatories that perform ISO/IEC 17065 conformity assessments:

  1. ANAB Accredited Third-Party Certification Bodies ISO/IEC 17065
  2. International Accreditation Service (IAS) ISO/IEC 17065
  3. American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) ISO/IEC 17065
  4. International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS) ISO/IEC 17065

In addition, the changes being made by LADBS are congruent with the process endorsed and published by the International Code Council’s Product Approval Checklist for Code Officials, shown below.

Based on discussions with LADBS, and to make decision-making easier for them, it will serve your best interest to facilitate the LADBS approval process in the following manner: 

  1. If possible have your customer include, with the plans and specifications for any project using your certified products, the most current of the following:
    • DrJ Technical Evaluation Report 
    • CBI Listing (CBI is an LADBS approved ISO/IEC 17025 testing agency) 
  2. Include the “accredited certification body scope of expertise” document as an aid for quick approval given that LADBS staff desires to know that the report provided is inside the certification body’s scope of expertise.

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