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1 WHY DIDN’T THE HORSE DIE? Monday / July 30, 2012

2 Background Who Shot my Horse? –1998 to 2004 History –Paper well done The Need to continue the story Disclaimer

3 “The horse is born – Malcolm’s title...” NACLA was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization Founded by public and private sector organizations for laboratory accreditation programs in the United States ANSI, ACIL and NIST

4 “The horse is born – Malcolm’s title...” NACLA’s primary mission is to evaluate U.S. laboratory accreditation bodies (ABs) and to grant recognition to those ABs found to be in compliance with NACLA procedures and the relevant international standards for competent ABs.

5 “The horse is born – Malcolm’s title...” The NACLA leadership is composed of balanced representation from the four key stakeholder groups: –Government / Industry Specifiers –Laboratories –Accreditation Bodies –Users / General Stakeholders

6 “The horse is born – Malcolm’s title...” The balanced representation gives all the involved parties input into: –Decisions affecting accreditation bodies and other groups. –Policies and procedures for the recognition process.

7 The horse stands on its own Until NACLA’s formation, there was no independent, US-based recognition entity. Signs MoU with NIST, IAAC and SCC Starts to recognize ABs New applications start coming in Interest on the activity and future She is too young to run fast

8 Youthful ABs with high expectations Rubber Bullets Traceability requirements Measurement Uncertainty Precious Time Needed for everyone

9 She never really came up lame (Malcolm’s Veterinary Report – post script) International Rejection Domestic Battles Volunteers stayed working ABs met the requirements and finished the process Regulators and Specifiers started to believe

10 Real Bullets – why? Domestic ABs made some tough decisions –Some went to IAAC for ILAC –Some went to APLAC for ILAC –Some dropped out of NACLA –Some stayed with NACLA Real bullets (those that hit in the pockets) –Why? –What changed?

11 Good advice to keep running NACLA isn’t in the business of “dumbing down” accreditation (recognition) – it’s in the business of building it up Where is the benchmark for US ABs and their accredited laboratories? Core Values Future Goals

12 NACLA’s Purpose, Vision and Objectives VISION OF NACLA The NACLA vision is to establish national and international stakeholder confidence in the competence of Accreditation Bodies (ABs) and their accredited laboratories (technical confidence in the results contained in reports and certificates issued by these laboratories). This NACLA vision achieves the following: For NACLA recognized accreditation bodies, a NACLA scope of recognition to a common international model, and, where applicable, with fields of recognition specific to supplemental technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements. For ILAC recognized accreditation bodies, a NACLA scope of recognition utilizing the ILAC recognition as the basis for meeting the international model, and, where applicable, with NACLA approval of each field of recognition to sector-specific technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements.

13 The Purpose of NACLA To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: Developing evaluation procedures and requirements that are in accordance with international standards and guidelines and that are accepted by all NACLA members and stakeholders. Administering NACLA evaluation procedures with impartiality and integrity. Recognizing accreditation bodies (ABs) for compliance with the NACLA requirements. Coordinating the development of sector specific technical requirements and associated programs that meet industry specifier or government/regulatory agency requirements for use by all accreditation bodies and testing or calibration laboratories.

14 The Purpose of NACLA To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: Developing evaluation procedures and requirements that are in accordance with international standards and guidelines and that are accepted by all NACLA members and stakeholders. Administering NACLA evaluation procedures with impartiality and integrity. Recognizing accreditation bodies (ABs) for compliance with the NACLA requirements. Coordinating the development of sector specific technical requirements and associated programs that meet industry specifier or government/regulatory agency requirements for use by all accreditation bodies and testing or calibration laboratories.

15 The Purpose of NACLA To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: Reducing redundant AB evaluations through the acceptance of NACLA and/or International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) recognition. Promoting the acceptance of NACLA and ILAC recognition. Working with industry specifiers and government/regulatory agencies in the United States to coordinate the development of sector specific technical requirements beyond those included in international guidelines used for AB recognition and laboratory accreditation.

16 Good friends to help ACIL MoU Bring some of the original ideas and make them work with ACIL’s and FHWA’s help CMET Recognition and Accreditation Program US Navy, AIAG, AAPM, AASHTO, AIHA, CIEMS, CSA, CMEC, Cummins Engine, HPSLAP, L-A-B, NCSLI, NSWC, PJLA, Retlif Testing, RTI International, Sandia National Laboratories, and many others

17 The horse continues to want to work ANSI/NCSL Z540.3 ‐ 2006 Recognition Program NACLA changed bylaws Offering Training General and Specific Recognition Programs

18 Good purpose and the future NACLA’s purpose is good and just based on sound principles The future is hard to predict NTTAA, 15 CFR 287 and the OMB A-119 Stakeholder Cooperation(s) have merits Transparency is key It has no horse in the race... it is the horse

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