Using Independent Accrediting Bodies for Laboratory Qualification

Operational and Advocacy Issues Impacting the Environmental Laboratory Industry
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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.