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1 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM NACLAs Support of the US Accreditation Community National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation Tony Anderson NACLA Executive Director

2 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM A Little History NACLA founded in 1998 as part of NTTA:1994 by representatives of public and private sector organizations to provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation programs in the U.S. NACLA founded in 1998 as part of NTTA:1994 by representatives of public and private sector organizations to provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation programs in the U.S. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

3 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM A Little History Joint Cooperation of Laboratories Specifiers/Regulators, and ABs. Joint Cooperation of Laboratories Specifiers/Regulators, and ABs. Original Charter envisioned a vertical recognition system to suit needs of Specifiers/Regulators. Original Charter envisioned a vertical recognition system to suit needs of Specifiers/Regulators. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

4 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM A Little History However!!!!!!!! However!!!!!!!! Encouraged by established ABs to follow the International Model using Peer Review (by recognized ABs) as recognition method and signing of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). Encouraged by established ABs to follow the International Model using Peer Review (by recognized ABs) as recognition method and signing of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA). National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

5 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM A Little History In 2006, NACLA retired its MRA and although NACLA Evaluators may still come from recognized ABs, NACLA recognition is granted by a Recognition Council made up of all Stakeholders except ABs. In 2006, NACLA retired its MRA and although NACLA Evaluators may still come from recognized ABs, NACLA recognition is granted by a Recognition Council made up of all Stakeholders except ABs. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

6 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM NACLA MoUs ACIL ACIL National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

7 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM NACLA Liaisons ACIL as part of the ACIL/NACLA MoU ACIL as part of the ACIL/NACLA MoU NACLA has been a Stakeholder member of ILAC for 10 years and is applying to become a National Coordinating Body member NACLA has been a Stakeholder member of ILAC for 10 years and is applying to become a National Coordinating Body member NACLA is applying to be a member of NCSLI NACLA is applying to be a member of NCSLI NACLA has an MoU with IAAC NACLA has an MoU with IAAC National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

8 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Who are currently recognized by NACLA? National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation Soon to be Soon to be Announced ?

9 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Who are currently recognized by NACLA? The ABs currently recognized by NACLA have contributed and continue to contribute to NACLA.The ABs currently recognized by NACLA have contributed and continue to contribute to NACLA. They believe in the mission and vision of NACLAThey believe in the mission and vision of NACLA They have accredited over 1000 laboratories collectively in their respective recognized fields and many more in othersThey have accredited over 1000 laboratories collectively in their respective recognized fields and many more in others National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

10 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Who is not recognized and Why? Complex system in the United States not easily adapted to the international model Complex system in the United States not easily adapted to the international model NACLA had an identity crisis in the early years, and followed a path contrary to its founding charter NACLA had an identity crisis in the early years, and followed a path contrary to its founding charter Many players with self interests Many players with self interests National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

11 Cabinet Departments DOC ANSI TA ITA NACLA APLAC ILAC APEC/ SCSC ISO PRI-Nadcap FQS-I APLMF BIPM APMP OIML IAS AIHA SSOs & Consortia without ANSI accreditation TPSC SC-S&TB IAAC IAF JTC1IEC COPANT PAC Executive Office Of the President USTR OMB International Regional Government Non-Government Program / Body L.A.B ASQ ANAB accredited QMS/EMS Certifiers ANSI accredited Product Certifiers ANSI accredited Personnel Certifiers SDOs with ANSI accredited procedures CAPC USNC IPC Board IEC TAGs IEC TAGs USNC IEC TAGs IEC TAGs IEC TAGs US ISO TAGs ISO/IEC Guides 62 / 66 (17021) ISO/IEC Guide 65 ISO/IEC QMS/EMS Certified Product/ Service Providers Certified Products (Processes, Services) Certified Personnel ANSs (American National Standards) US Private & Government Sectors: Organizations, Government, Companies, Trade Associations, Consumers, Educational Institutions, Individuals, Others NPC (Accreditation of Certifiers) Non-ANS Standards AIC (Accreditation of Laboratories) A2LAACLASS Accredited Laboratories Tested Products (Processes, Services) ITU Sector Members ITAC Policy Technical (Accreditation of SDOs) * Institute policy committees & councils SIM NIST State US&FCS MAC MAS FSIS Standards Liaison Laboratories / Metrology 200+ FCS Officers worldwide including 4 Regional Standards Attachés Others USDA APHIS OIE DOEDODVATreasuryDOLDOJDOIHUDHHSDOEd USDADOC FDA OSHA ES&H DSP Other Agencies NSFUSPSFCCEPANRCNASAITCGSAFTCCPSC TSP Recognition (via ISO/IEC 17011) PASC Standardization Accreditation Other iSDOs FAS (Accreditation of Certifiers) (Accreditation of Laboratories) (Metrology) (Standardization) (Standardization-Telecom) (Certification) (Testing) (Standardization) ANSI Essential Requirements ISO/IEC DHS USCO IPPC CODEX WTO SPS TBT FAO Inquiry point ICSP (Members) ITAC16 US Private Sector APEC-TEL Inquiry point (Standardization-SPS) ITU CITEL Legend PPQ ACICIP EB CIP NSBs ESOs Others Other SDOs DOT NHTSA FEMA Members IPRPC TS SSD NVCASE NVLAP NCSCI Courtesy of ANSI … dated 07/21/2006 (reference only… some noted errors)

12 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Through NISTs continued support Through NISTs continued support National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

13 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Through NISTs continued support Through NISTs continued support National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation NIST as recently as last year provided their support to NACLA, as part of their NIST/NACLA MoU obligations to inform government agencies and encourage agency participation in NACLA, by inviting NACLA ABs to a public meeting at NIST on new and developing programs.

14 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Through NISTs continued support Through NISTs continued support National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation 1.NIST holds a permanent seat on the NACLA Board 2.At the 2007 Forum openly supported with our founding partners ACIL and ANSI and presented a paper to continue to support a viable and functioning NACLA.

15 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Through NISTs continued support Through NISTs continued support National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation It was that presentation that assisted NACLA in developing a Memorandum of Understanding with ACIL and move forward with joint technical committees with ACIL this past year.

16 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation ACILs commitment to help further ACILs commitment to help further Walter Poggi of ACIL came to the NACLA Board to present with NIST and ANSI the idea of an MoU to work together on technical requirements development and training. Walter Poggi of ACIL came to the NACLA Board to present with NIST and ANSI the idea of an MoU to work together on technical requirements development and training. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

17 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation ACILs commitment to help further ACILs commitment to help further Technical Committees have been developed the first work product will be announced later today. Technical Committees have been developed the first work product will be announced later today. Others are well advanced Others are well advanced National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

18 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation ACILs commitment to help further ACILs commitment to help further 1.Rich Reitz of Retlif Labs and co- supporter of ACIL continues to serve as an officer on the NACLA and ACIL board 2.Milton Bush now serves as a liaison between ACIL and NACLA in fulfillment of the MoU and assists with Government Agency Liaison 2.4.The Technical Committees are now being developed and meetings are taking place this year. Expectations are to have some work product by end of the year. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

19 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation ACILs commitment to help further ACILs commitment to help further National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation Link to

20 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT Federal Register: September 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 184)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page ] The FHWA is revising its regulation that establishes the general requirements for quality assurance procedures for construction on all Federal-aid highway projects on the National Highway System (NHS).\1\ Specifically, the FHWA will require accreditation of laboratories that conduct crash tests on roadside hardware by an accrediting body that is recognized by the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) or is a signatory to an International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), an Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC) MRA, or another comparable accreditation body approved by FHWA. This rule will improve the agency's ability to determine that crash test laboratories are qualified to conduct and evaluate tests intended to determine the crashworthiness of roadside safety features. Laboratory accreditation is widely recognized as a reliable indicator of technical competence. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

21 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Regulator acceptance of NACLA National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation Specifically, the FHWA will require accreditation of laboratories that conduct crash tests on roadside hardware by an accrediting body that is recognized by the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA)

22 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT [Federal Register: September 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 183)] [Notices] [Page ] SUMMARY: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it will use the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) Recognition process for determining whether an accreditation program is comparable to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) Accreditation Program for use in quality assurance procedures for laboratories performing sampling and testing of materials used in the construction of Federal-aid highways on the National Highway System. In order for the accreditation program to be considered comparable, the accreditation body must be recognized by NACLA with a scope that includes the Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing.'' National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

23 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration SUMMARY: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announces that it will use the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) Recognition process for determining whether an accreditation program is comparable to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

24 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration the accreditation body must be recognized by NACLA with a scope that includes the Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing.'' National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

25 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA FHWA further support FHWA further support 1.Mike Rafalowski continues to help on the NACLA board and is the chair of the Recognition Committee 2.Mike has been instrumental in convincing other members of FHWA the benefits of NACLA 3.Mike has dedicated his time to assist with the ACIL MoU and the Construction Materials Testing Sub- Committee (CMT) to develop the documentation for this new NACLA Recognition Program National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

26 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

27 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Sandia Primary Standards Laboratory DOE/AL Sandia Primary Standards Laboratory DOE/AL 1.Dick Pettit has been a champion for NACLA since its inception and continues to volunteer his time as an officer on the board 2.Sandia continues to support NACLA by utilizing NACLA recognized ABs work as an alternative to their own assessments National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

28 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Sandia Primary Standards Laboratory DOE/AL Sandia Primary Standards Laboratory DOE/AL The Department of Energy Metrology Accreditation Committee supports NACLAs mission … the Committee supports the mission and vision of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA), which resolves to encourage DOE laboratories and organizations to become users of the NACLA accreditation body recognition process and to join NACLA as member organizations. The Department of Energy Metrology Accreditation Committee supports NACLAs mission … the Committee supports the mission and vision of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA), which resolves to encourage DOE laboratories and organizations to become users of the NACLA accreditation body recognition process and to join NACLA as member organizations. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

29 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Department of Defense (NAVY) 1. The NAVY has specified the acceptance of NACLA recognized ABs for the assessment of commercial laboratories 2.At the request of the NAVY, NACLA is jointly developing with the NAVY an ANS/NCSL Z540.3 Recognition Program. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

30 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA Department of Defense (NAVY) Department of Defense (NAVY) 3. The NAVY continues to support NACLA Arman Hovakemian volunteers his time as a member of the Board 4.Steve Doty, Bob Frische and Chet Franklin have volunteered their time in support of NACLAs mission and goals. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

31 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Cooperation Regulator acceptance of NACLA US Dept. of Homeland Security United States Coast Guard INDEPENDENT LABORATORY ACCEPTANCE ACCEPTANCE GUIDANCE & INFORMATION (a) To be accepted by the Coast Guard as an independent laboratory, a laboratory must (1) Be engaged, as a regular part of its business, in performing inspections and tests that are the same as or similar to the inspections and tests required in the applicable subpart; (2) Possess or have access to the apparatus, facilities, personnel, and calibrated instruments that are necessary to inspect and test the equipment or material under the applicable subpart; In addition, for testing under the FTP Code, have ISO accreditation from accreditation body who is a full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) or a recognized accreditation body by the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA). ACCEPTANCE GUIDANCE & INFORMATION (a) To be accepted by the Coast Guard as an independent laboratory, a laboratory must (1) Be engaged, as a regular part of its business, in performing inspections and tests that are the same as or similar to the inspections and tests required in the applicable subpart; (2) Possess or have access to the apparatus, facilities, personnel, and calibrated instruments that are necessary to inspect and test the equipment or material under the applicable subpart; In addition, for testing under the FTP Code, have ISO accreditation from accreditation body who is a full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) or a recognized accreditation body by the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA). National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

32 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Specifiers – Automotive Sector Support and General Motors Specifiers – Automotive Sector Support and General Motors 1.General Motors recognized NACLA as an approved recognizing authority for accreditation bodies of laboratories to supply General Motors 2.Joe Branskey continues to serve on the board as an officer and has been an valuable part of developing NACLA and its new mission. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

33 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Members, Volunteers, Staff, Directors, Officers Members, Volunteers, Staff, Directors, Officers 1.The members of NACLA represent specifiers, regulators, accreditation bodies and laboratories. 2.There are 17 voting board members National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

34 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGMCooperation Members, Volunteers, Staff, Directors, Officers Members, Volunteers, Staff, Directors, Officers 3.There is a secretariat and operations to support the the recognized ABs and applicants. 4.We operate to do good things in the nation. WE ARE VOLUNTEERS WHO WISH TO EXPAND THE NACLA VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

35 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation PRESIDENT Doug Leonard RECOGNITION COMMITTEE CHAIR Mike Rafalowski* TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR Rich Reitz VICE PRESIDENT Dick Pettit OPERATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR John Neuner QUALITY MANAGER (Interim) Tony Anderson Susan Crumpton Cr Doug Geralde Keith Greenaway Arman Hovakemian Jim Kullman Pat McCullen Cheryl Morton Randy Robbins EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (RECOGNITION COUNCIL) Tony Anderson (non-voting) ExCo VOTING OFFICERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ OPERATIONS COUNCIL* APPOINTED LIASON NIST MoU Dave Alderman** APPOINTED LIASON ACIL MoU Milt Bush APPOINTED LIASON IAAC MoU TBA SECRETARY Rich Reitz TREASURER John Neuner MEMBER AT LARGE Joe Bransky ACIL REP Milt Bush

36 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives PURPOSE OF NACLA: To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: Developing recognition procedures and requirements that are in accordance with international standards and guidelines and that are accepted by all NACLA members and stakeholders.Developing recognition procedures and requirements that are in accordance with international standards and guidelines and that are accepted by all NACLA members and stakeholders. Administering NACLA recognition procedures with impartiality and integrity.Administering NACLA recognition procedures with impartiality and integrity. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

37 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives PURPOSE OF NACLA: To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: Recognizing accreditation bodies (ABs) for compliance with the NACLA requirements.Recognizing accreditation bodies (ABs) for compliance with the NACLA requirements. Coordinating the development of sector specifictechnical requirements and associated programs that meet industry specifier or government/regulatory agency requirements for use by all accreditation bodies and testing or calibration labs.Coordinating the development of sector specifictechnical requirements and associated programs that meet industry specifier or government/regulatory agency requirements for use by all accreditation bodies and testing or calibration labs. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

38 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives 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.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.Promoting the acceptance of NACLA and ILAC recognition. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

39 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives PURPOSE OF NACLA: To provide coordination and focus for laboratory accreditation in the United States of America by: 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.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. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

40 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM 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). National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

41 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives VISION OF NACLA: 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 Sector Specific technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements.For NACLA recognized accreditation bodies, a NACLA scope of recognition to a common international model, and, where applicable, with fields of recognition specific to Sector Specific technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

42 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives VISION OF NACLA: This NACLA vision achieves the following: 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 specific Sector Specific 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 specific Sector Specific technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

43 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives VISION OF NACLA: This NACLA vision achieves the following: For testing and calibration laboratories, a single accreditation in a given field(s) of testing and/or calibration, based on International requirements for purposes of acceptance by specifiers and/or regulators (users of accreditation).For testing and calibration laboratories, a single accreditation in a given field(s) of testing and/or calibration, based on International requirements for purposes of acceptance by specifiers and/or regulators (users of accreditation). National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

44 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives VISION OF NACLA: This NACLA vision achieves the following: For specifiers and regulators, confidence that an accredited test or calibration is performed by a competent laboratory that meets the specifiers or regulators requirements.For specifiers and regulators, confidence that an accredited test or calibration is performed by a competent laboratory that meets the specifiers or regulators requirements. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

45 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives OBJECTIVES OF NACLA: NACLAs first objective is to increase stakeholder (specifiers, regulators and laboratories) confidence in the laboratory accreditation system within the United States. Increased confidence by stakeholders will assure that comparable, safe and reliable data produced by accredited laboratories will reduce the cost to re-accredit, re-test and re- sample labs and the outcome of their work in the laboratory community.NACLAs first objective is to increase stakeholder (specifiers, regulators and laboratories) confidence in the laboratory accreditation system within the United States. Increased confidence by stakeholders will assure that comparable, safe and reliable data produced by accredited laboratories will reduce the cost to re-accredit, re-test and re- sample labs and the outcome of their work in the laboratory community. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

46 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives OBJECTIVES OF NACLA: NACLAs second objective is to assure the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), that by its continued dedication to impartiality and integrity and the use of accepted international standards and Sector Specific technical requirements, its programs meet relevant government and specifier requirements.NACLAs second objective is to assure the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), that by its continued dedication to impartiality and integrity and the use of accepted international standards and Sector Specific technical requirements, its programs meet relevant government and specifier requirements. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

47 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Purpose, Vision and Objectives OBJECTIVES OF NACLA: NACLAs third objective is to coordinate the efforts of accreditation bodies, laboratories, specifiers, and regulators in the United States through the use of the international model of accreditation in order to develop programs that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Where the international model does not fully meet the needs of the stakeholders, to coordinate the development of Sector Specific technical requirements that meet all stakeholders needs.NACLAs third objective is to coordinate the efforts of accreditation bodies, laboratories, specifiers, and regulators in the United States through the use of the international model of accreditation in order to develop programs that meet the needs of all stakeholders. Where the international model does not fully meet the needs of the stakeholders, to coordinate the development of Sector Specific technical requirements that meet all stakeholders needs. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

48 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy QUALITY POLICY It is the policy of NACLA to operate a comprehensive national accreditation body recognition system that meets the requirements of internationally accepted standards and practices and the Sector Specific requirements of US Specifiers and Regulators National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

49 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy NACLA strives to: Achieve customer satisfaction through meeting the needs of accreditation bodies, testing and calibration laboratories, government agencies, and industry specifiers.Achieve customer satisfaction through meeting the needs of accreditation bodies, testing and calibration laboratories, government agencies, and industry specifiers. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

50 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy NACLA strives to: Reduce redundant accreditations within the United States.Reduce redundant accreditations within the United States. Establish national acceptance of NACLA recognized ABs and the test and calibration results produced by their accredited laboratories in order to facilitate trade.Establish national acceptance of NACLA recognized ABs and the test and calibration results produced by their accredited laboratories in order to facilitate trade. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

51 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy NACLA strives to: Respond to the needs of its member organizations and the needs of the international community including regulators and specifiers within the United States and abroad. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

52 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy NACLA strives to: NACLA recognized accreditation bodies shall meet the requirements of the NACLA Accreditation Body Evaluation Procedure. NACLA personnel shall work to continuously improve all aspects of its operations and internal procedures. NACLA has negotiated and will continue to negotiate arrangements with other similar national and international organizations. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

53 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality Policy NACLA strives to: NACLA shall establish and maintain prompt, open and effective communications with its customers; i.e. NACLA members, recognized ABs, applicant ABs, users of accredited laboratories, and government agencies and industry specifiers. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

54 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality System Structure NACLA maintains a documented quality system as a means to ensure conformance to national and internationally recognized standards. The quality system is comprised of the following documents: NACLA Quality ManualNACLA Quality Manual NACLA Recognition Procedure(s)NACLA Recognition Procedure(s) NACLA Sector Specific Technical RequirementsNACLA Sector Specific Technical Requirements NACLA General Procedures and associated records, forms and reportNACLA General Procedures and associated records, forms and report NACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reportsNACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reports The NACLA Quality Manual" is maintained by the NACLA Operations Committee. The NACLA Board of Directors is responsible to approve the NACLA Quality Manual and all revisions The NACLA Quality Manual" is maintained by the NACLA Operations Committee. The NACLA Board of Directors is responsible to approve the NACLA Quality Manual and all revisions. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

55 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality System Structure NACLA maintains a documented quality system as a means to ensure conformance to national and internationally recognized standards. The quality system is comprised of the following documents: NACLA Quality ManualNACLA Quality Manual NACLA Recognition Procedure(s)NACLA Recognition Procedure(s) NACLA Sector Specific Technical RequirementsNACLA Sector Specific Technical Requirements NACLA General Procedures and associated records, forms and reportNACLA General Procedures and associated records, forms and report NACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reportsNACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reports National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

56 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality System Structure The NACLA Recognition Procedure(s) is maintained by the NACLA Recognition Committee. The Board of Directors is responsible to approve the procedure and all revisions. The NACLA Sector Specific Technical Requirements to the Recognition Procedure are maintained by the Technical Committee. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

57 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality System Structure The General Procedures and associated records, forms and reports are maintained by the NACLA Operations Committee. The approval of all procedures and associated forms is the responsibility of the Executive Committee. The ExCo may decide to defer the approval to the Board of Directors as appropriate. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

58 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM Quality System Structure The NACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reports are maintained by each Committee Chair. The approval of Committee Charters and associated forms is the responsibility of the Executive Committee. The ExCo may decide to defer the approval to the Board of Directors as appropriate. The NACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reports are maintained by each Committee Chair. The approval of Committee Charters and associated forms is the responsibility of the Executive Committee. The ExCo may decide to defer the approval to the Board of Directors as appropriate. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

59 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM The Future Support of the US Accreditation Community NACLA Recognition Programs under Development NACLA Recognition Programs under Development Construction Materials Testing (CMT) Construction Materials Testing (CMT)Completed. Electromagnetic Compliance & Interference (EMC/EMI) Electromagnetic Compliance & Interference (EMC/EMI) Food Safety Food Safety ANS/NCSL Z540.3 well advanced. ANS/NCSL Z540.3 well advanced. National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

60 February 11, 2009, 2009 Forum/AGM The Future Support of the US Accreditation Community Other Programs required by Regulators and Specifiers. Other Programs required by Regulators and Specifiers. Further cooperation and liaison with International Cooperation's, IAAC/APLAC Further cooperation and liaison with International Cooperation's, IAAC/APLAC Assistance to US ABs seeking International Recognition Assistance to US ABs seeking International Recognition National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Reliable Results through Recognized Accreditation

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