Chris Gunning

Christopher Gunning is currently the Life Sciences Accreditation Manager with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he has been employed since March of 2009. He supports the day-to-day operations of accreditation, by assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining accreditation. He facilitates the assessment process for new and renewal laboratories in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental, and Mechanical fields of testing. He is also responsible for overseeing the Accreditation Services Officers responsible for laboratories in the Life Sciences field of testing.

He serves as the main point of contact for the Environmental discipline which includes the Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (DoD ELAP), Wyoming Storage Tank Remediation Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP), and US EPA Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).

Mr. Gunning has successfully completed the 2009 A2LA ISO/IEC 17025 Assessor Orientation course. Mr. Gunning performs management system assessments, performs oversights of assessors, and represents A2LA at public meetings.

Mr. Gunning provides training both publicly and privately and has developed and delivered training courses on the topics of understanding 17025:2005, root cause and corrective action, as well as internal auditing. He also leads the instruction course for all new A2LA assessors using the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard.

Prior to joining A2LA, Mr. Gunning worked as a Senior Research Associate with GenVec Inc. located in Gaithersburg, MD. He was responsible for managing the production, purification, and testing of adenoviral vectors to be used in cancer therapeutics as well as vaccine candidates. He also trained new employees in all related SOPs and technical skills related to these processes.

Mr. Gunning has a B.A. degree in Biology that was obtained from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland located in Saint Mary’s City Maryland.

Contact Information:; 240-575-7481