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Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee

This committee develops the standard for operation of laboratory accreditation bodies.

Conference Calls: 3rd Tuesday, 11 am ET

Contact the Committee Chair or Program Administrator to request to participate for these calls.

Notes:

On September 20, 2011, the On-Site Assessment Committee was merged with the Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee. The minutes and documents produced by the On-Site Assessment Committee are included below.

On June 9, 2010, this committee was renamed the Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee to reflect a change in the TNI bylaws. Documents such as meeting minutes may show the previous name of this committee, Accreditation Body Committee.

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Mission:
As a means to improve the quality and consistency of environmental data throughout the United States and to foster the mutual recognition of laboratory accreditation by Accreditation Bodies, the mission of the Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee is to develop and support accreditation standards by engaging experts in a consensus-based standards development process. 

Strategic Goals and Objectives:

  • Periodically review the TNI Standards for laboratory accreditation bodies (Volume 2, Modules 1 & 3) and recommend revisions as necessary for consistency and improvement.
  • Support the NELAP Accreditation Council (AC) and the Laboratory Accreditation Systems Executive Committee (LASEC) in preparing draft policies and procedures to support program implementation, as requested by LASEC.
  • Support the TNI Standards for accreditation bodies by developing and recommending appropriate training and guidance materials as coordinated within the TNI to facilitate the implementation and adoption of these standards on a national level.
  • Review and respond to Standards Interpretation Requests, as referred.
  • Gather and disseminate information on accreditation body activity as requested.  This may include surveys and interviews.
  • Monitor and report on ISO Conformity Assessment Committee (CASCO) Work Group revisions to ISO/IEC 17011.Support NELAP by completing any tasks assigned by the Board or required by the AC.

 Success Measures:

  • Successful adoption of policies, standards and recommendations by TNI and NELAP.
    • Acceptance and use of database for laboratory applications and a generic TNI application to make the process easier.
    • Acceptance of adopted policies and procedures to support NELAP
  • Continued mutual recognition among Accreditation Bodies.
  • Decisions that are found acceptable by federal, state and private sector organizations.
  • Increased number of NELAP accreditation bodies and/or accreditation bodies adopting the use of TNI Standards.
  • Increased number of organizations recognizing NELAP accredited laboratories.

Key Milestones for 2015:

Review of Volume 2, Modules 1 & 3, TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard

  • November 2015 – Complete review and finalize recommendation about the need to revise and whether to combine the two modules into one. 
  • December 2015 -- Initiate development of implementation plan for the revision.

 For the generic application form:

  • Date TBD – Present beta version of the generic application for review and comments.  Identify beta testers. (depends on timing of completion of development)
  • Date TBD – Make the above mentioned tool available for use; provide information and/or training to the laboratory and AB community.

Considerations:

  • Volunteer member organization with significant time constraints.
  • Maturing TNI infrastructure can provide the required resources for the committee to achieve its goals.
  • TNI Webmaster has adequate time to complete generic application development.
  • The committee has the ability to identify and engage the right expertise to get their job done. 
  • The committee has the ability to implement an effective consensus-based standards development process
  • ABs and other stakeholders will accept the work products of the committee.
  • Budgetary and financial constraints, as well as industry politics, may prevent the adoption of otherwise usable solutions.
  • Standards must establish a consistent baseline for achieving good data quality but provide for maximum flexibility with minimum prescriptiveness.

 Available Resources:

  • Volunteer committee members
  • Existing national and international consensus-based standards
  • EPA Cooperative Agreement
  • TNI Website
  • Other TNI Committees (Expert and Administrative/Support functions)
  • Participating organizations
  • A potentially large group of volunteer associate members to help with committee objectives.
  • Benefits from ANSI recognition

 Additional Resources Required:

  • Industry experts
  • Writers and technical editor support
  • Database and web-based service support for development of specific tools.
  • Web-based  services for shared document access during teleconferences
  • Administrative support for committee operation
  • Travel support
  • Members to balance the interest groups of the committee. 

 Anticipated Meeting Schedule:

  • Monthly Committee Teleconferences  – third Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern
  • Additional committee teleconferences as needed
  • Committee meetings (face-to-face) during semiannual TNI Forums (Winter and Summer, as needed)
Carl Kircher, Chair
Florida DOH
Jacksonville, FL
carl.kircher@flhealth.gov

Lynn Bradley, Program Administrator
The NELAC Institute
Staunton, VA
lynn.bradley@nelac-institute.org

Nilda Cox, Vice Chair
Eurofins Eaton Analytical
Monrovia, CA
nildacox@eurofinsus.com

Bill Batschelet
US EPA Region 8 Lab
Golden, CO
batschelet.william@epa.gov

Virginia Hunsberger
Pennsylvania DEP
Harrisburg, PA
vhunsberge@pa.gov

Catherine Katsikis
LDCFL, Inc.
Royal Palm Beach, FL
ckatsikis@ldcfl.com

Marlene Moore
Advanced Systems, Inc.
Newark, DE
mmoore@advancedsys.com

Mei Beth Shepherd
Shepherd Technical Services
Austin, TX
mbshep@sheptechserv.com

Aurora Shields
City of Lawrence
Lawrence, KS
ashields@lawrenceks.org


January 24, 2017 January 17, 2017
December 20, 2016 November 15, 2016
October 18, 2016 September 20, 2016
August 10, 2016 June 21, 2016
May 17, 2016 April 19, 2016
March 15, 2016 February 16, 2016
January 26, 2016

December 15, 2015 November 17, 2015
September 15, 2015 June 16, 2015
May 19, 2015 March 17, 2015
January 20, 2015

December 16, 2014 October 21, 2014
September 16, 2014 August 4, 2014
July 15, 2014 June 17, 2014
May 20, 2014 April 15, 2014
January 29, 2014 January 21, 2014

June 18, 2013
May 21, 2013 April 16, 2013
March 19, 2013 February 19, 2013
January 15, 2013

August 5, 2012 January 31, 2012

October 18, 2011
September 20, 2011 August 16, 2011
June 21, 2011 January 31, 2011

May 18, 2010
January 25, 2010 January 19, 2010

December 15, 2009
November 17, 2009 August 12, 2009
July 21, 2009 May 19, 2009
April 21, 2009 February 17, 2009
January 13, 2009

December 16, 2008 November 18, 2008
October 28, 2008 September 16, 2008
March 18, 2008 February 19, 2008
January 15, 2008 January 8, 2008

December 18, 2007
October 16, 2007 September 18, 2007
August 20, 2007 July 31, 2007
June 19, 2007 May 15, 2007
March 20, 2007 February 2, 2007
February 1, 2007

December 13, 2006
Sample Checklists and Forms for Use by Lab Assessors in NELAP Accreditation Bodies, based on the 2003 NELAC Standard
These are checklists and forms developed and used by laboratory assessors in the state NELAP Accreditation Bodies. They are not meant to be mandatory, but are posted here so that other assessors may use them or modify them for other ABs to use in assessments, if desired.

Lab Assessment Checklists, from NH AB (coming soon) 

FL Assessor Checklist.doc
FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
  NELAP Assessment Confidentiality Notice
  On-Site Laboratory Assessment Appraisal Form
  Closing Conference (Exit Interview) Checklist

FL Pre-Assessment Checklist.doc
FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
  Florida Pre-Assessment Checklist
 
ABC Presentation at the TNI Forum, Miami, January 2009 (PowerPoint, 441KB)

ABC Draft Criteria on Associate Affiliate Members (Excel, 16Kb)

Chapter 6 of the 2003 NELAC standard contained procedural language that this committee believes does not belong in the TNI standard. This language is summarized in the two spreadsheets below.

Chapter 6 Unresolved Items (Excel, 119Kb)
Chapter 6 Analysis (Excel, 178Kb)


Guidance Documents

Basic Assessor Training Course Curriculum (PDF, 246KB)
Technical Training Course Curricula for Environmental Lab Assessors (PDF, 264KB)
On-Site Assessment of Environmental Laboratories (PDF, 177KB)