–The accreditation bodies currently recognized by NACLA have contributed and continue to contribute to NACLA. –They believe in the mission and vision of NACLA –They have accredited over 1000 laboratories collectively in their respective recognized fields and many more in other
NACLA Recognition Through NISTs continued support Takes you to www.nacla.net
NACLA Recognition –NIST as recently as this winter has provided their support to NACLA by living up to their end of the NIST/NACLA MoU 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. PROVISIONAL AGENDA: 1. The USG IPv6 profile, its components and timing constraints. 2. Accreditor qualification. 3. Test method validation. 4. Suppliers Declaration of Conformity. 5. Discussion. »DATES: The workshop was held at NIST on February 19, 2008, from 9am till 5pm. Through NISTs continued support
NACLA Recognition Through NISTs continued support 1.Dave Alderman of NIST continues to oversee the NIST/NACLA MoU and helps on the NACLA Board 2.NIST met here in Columbia last year to openly support NACLA with their founding partners ACIL and ANSI and presented a paper to continue to support a viable and functioning NACLA. 3.It is that presentation that has assisted NACLA to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with ACIL and move forward with a joint technical committees with ACIL this past year.
NACLA Recognition ACILs commitment to help further 1.Walter Poggi of ACIL came to the board meeting to present with NIST and ANSI the idea of an MoU to work together on technical requirements development and training. 2.Rich Reitz of Retlif Labs and co-supporter of ACIL continues to serve as an officer on the NACLA and ACIL board 3.Milton Bush now serves as a liaison between ACIL and NACLA in fulfillment of the MoU 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.
NACLA Recognition ACILs commitment to help further Link to www.nacla.net
NACLA Recognition ANSIs commitment to help further 1.ANSI has committed to assist with Keith Greenaway on the board 2.They are considering Reinaldo Figueiredos appointment 3.They continue to monitor the Federal Register with Standard Conformance news for Conformity Assessment activity for all members of ANSI of which NACLA benefits as one.
NACLA Recognition Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT Federal Register: September 24, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 184)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page 54210-54212] 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.
NACLA Recognition Regulator acceptance of NACLA Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT [Federal Register: September 22, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 183)] [Notices] [Page 56818-56819] 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.''
NACLA Recogition 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 also is dedicating his time to assist with the ACIL MoU and the Construction Materials Testing Committee (CMT) to see it through
NACLA Recognition 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 3.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. Sandia Primary Standards Laboratory, DOE/AL
NACLA Recognition Department of Defense (NAVY) 1.The NAVY has specified the acceptance of NACLA recognized ABs for the assessment of commercial laboratories 2.The NAVY continues to support NACLA as Arman Hovakemian continues to serve on the board. 3.Steve Doty and Chet Franklin have volunteered their time in support of NACLAs mission and goals.
NACLA Recognition 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.
NACLA Recognition Members, Volunteers, Staff, Directors, Officers 1.We have 24 members of NACLA … they do represent specifiers, regulators, accreditation bodies and laboratories. 2.There are 17 voting board members 3.There is a secretariat and operations to support the five recognized ABs and applicants. 4.We operate to do good things in the nation. 5.WE ARE VOLUNTEERS WHO WISH TO EXPAND THE NACLA VISION, MISSION AND OBJECTIVES
PRESIDENT Doug Leonard RECOGNITION COMMITTEE CHAIR Mike Rafalowski TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR Rich Reitz VICE PRESIDENT Dick Pettit SECRETARY Rich Reitz TREASURER (OPERATIONS COMMITTEE) John Neuner QUALITY MANAGER (Interim) Tony Anderson OTHER VOTING DIRECTORS Susan Crompton Doug Geralde Keith Greenaway Reinaldo Figueiredo Jim Kullman Cheryl Morton Steve Stahley Pat Wojtowicz Arman Hovakemian Mike Rafalowski MEMBER AT LARGE Joe Branskey EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (RECOGNITION COUNCIL) Tony Anderson (non-voting) NON-VOTING ExCo VOTING OFFICERS BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED LIASON NIST MoU Dave Alderman APPOINTED LIASON ACIL MoU Milt Bush APPOINTED LIASON IAAC MoU Pat Paladino VOTING NACLA Recognition
NACLAs 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. Administering NACLA recognition procedures with impartiality and integrity. Recognizing accreditation bodies (ABs) for compliance with the NACLA requirements. Coordinating the development of supplemental 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.
NACLAs 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. 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 supplemental technical requirements beyond those included in international guidelines used for AB recognition and laboratory accreditation.
NACLAs 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 specific supplemental technical programs that meet specifier and/or regulator requirements.
NACLAs 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 specifiers and regulators, confidence that an accredited test or calibration is performed by a competent laboratory that meets the specifiers or regulators requirements.
NACLAs 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 laboratories and the outcome of their work in the laboratory community. NACLAs second objective is to assure the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), through its MoU, its continued dedication to impartiality and integrity and the use of accepted international standards and supplemental technical requirements that meet relevant government and specifier requirements.
NACLAs 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 supplemental technical requirements that meet all stakeholders needs.
NACLAs 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 supplemental requirements of US Specifiers and Regulators NACLA strives to: Achieve customer satisfaction through meeting the needs of accreditation bodies, testing and calibration laboratories, government agencies, and industry specifiers. 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.
NACLAs Quality Policy 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. 2.4.2 NACLA recognized accreditation bodies shall meet the requirements of the NACLA Accreditation Body Evaluation Procedure. 2.4.3 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. 2.4.4 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.
NACLAs Quality System Structure QUALITY SYSTEM STRUCTURE 2.5.1 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 Manual NACLA Recognition Procedure(s) NACLA Supplemental Technical Requirements NACLA General Procedures and associated records, forms and report NACLA Committee Charters and associated records, forms and reports 2.5.2 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.
NACLAs Quality System Structure QUALITY SYSTEM STRUCTURE 2.5.3 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. 2.5.4 The NACLA Supplemental Technical Requirements to the Recognition Procedure are maintained by the Technical Committee. 2.5.4 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. 2.5.5 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.
NOW WHAT? A few QUOTE(s) from a paper by Malcolm Smith … prior NACLA board member and current Executive Vice President for NCSLi. Which reminds me to say to those of you who worry that it might be; NACLA isnt in the business to dumb down accreditation. Its in the business to build it up. He continues: –For the moment, NACLA cant deliver its original international vision. After all, you can only ask so many times before you have to face the fact that the girl isnt going to dance with you! –But NACLA can work domestically to bring value, increased uniformity and potential international alignment to the US accreditation marketplace to the benefit of NACLAs stakeholders. and
NOW WHAT? The most important item that has stayed with me as it is our horizon. And NACLA can work with those willing to work with it. Therell be a ton of opportunities to do this. For now, theres little need to worry about those who wont or for whatever reason dont want to. Our Operational Motto: Build Based on Value