Using Independent Accrediting Bodies for Laboratory Qualification

Operational and Advocacy Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
Oral Presentation

Prepared by J. Adelson
Navy, 1661 Redbank Road, NAVSEA Programs Field Office, Goose Creek, SC, 29445, United States


Contact Information: [email protected]; 843-794-7270


ABSTRACT

The Department of Defense established the DoD Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) in October 2009 to provide a unified DoD program through which laboratories can demonstrate competency and document conformance to ISO/IEC 17025:2005, as implemented by the DoD Quality Systems Manual for Environmental Laboratories (DoD QSM). Using third party Accreditation Bodies operating in accordance with the international standard ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity Assessment General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Conformity Assessment Bodies, the DoD ELAP was established to:
- Promote interoperability among the DoD Components,
- Promote fair and open competition among commercial laboratories,
- Streamline the process for identifying and procuring competent providers of environmental laboratory services, and
- Promote the collection of data of known and documented quality.