ACIL offers A Comprehensive Solution to Environmental Laboratory Accreditation in the US to Help States Relieve Economic Burden

I recently attended a Mid-Winter meeting of the American Council of Independent Laboratories’, (ACIL) Environmental Science Section (ESS) in Arlington, Virginia on March 29th. One of the sessions during this meeting was focused on presenting a comprehensive solution to the current US environmental laboratory accreditation process to US EPA representatives.  This session was attended by EPA representatives from a variety of EPA program offices.  The ESS offered this alternative solution in order to help states who are struggling to keep up with the expense of running their own laboratory accreditation programs during difficult economic times.
The current economic situation in the US is severely impacting state budgets, which in turn affects the viability of the current national accreditation program and other state accreditation programs. Budget cuts have reduced, or eliminated the ability of state agencies to accredit out-of-state laboratories on a prescribed schedule.  This has resulted in dramatically increased periods between required laboratory assessments, which are inconsistent with state and national accreditation programs.
The concern is that a reduction in the effectiveness of the national program may have a resulting negative impact on the ability to verify that laboratories are producing environmental data of known and documented quality to assure protection of human health and the environment.
The details of ACIL’s proposal are outlined in the attached document titled: “American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) White Paper Economic Benefits of National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Using an Alternative Accreditation Process”
I invite you to take a look at this document to get the details on this proposal in which the ACIL recommends transitioning the current national state funded program to a third party process which would relieve the states’ economic burden of accreditation program costs while achieving significant program efficiencies. Also, you may want to contact one of ACIL’s ESS members for answers to your questions, or if you are interested in supporting their efforts. ACIL’s web site is www.acil.org
ACIL White Paper – Accreditation (IV DS 10-1)

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