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Prices have been established for members of TNI and for the general public. You may join TNI and purchase the standards at the discounted member prices. Any Patron level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of all of the combined documents as part of their annual membership fee. Any Sponsor level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of Volume 1 and a single copy of Volume 2 as part of their annual membership fee.An organization participating at the Partner level may select one free single-use volume each year. Individual members may purchase copies of the Standards at member rates.

A single-use copy means that you may install one copy of the standards on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. You may not copy the standards onto a network. You may view the standards on screen and may print a single paper copy.  Please read the complete Licensing Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

Some of the accreditation standards below contain language from ISO/IEC 17025 and 17011. The ISO language is shown in italics. Any additional TNI language then follows, in plain text, as a NOTE or as an additional numbered standard item. The TNI standards are integrated documents containing language from relevant ISO standards and language developed by TNI expert committees. The purchase of the integrated TNI documents eliminates the need to purchase a separate copy of the relevant ISO/IEC standard.

If you are a TNI member, do not order the standard from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive a discount for each standard purchased.



Laboratory Accreditation Standards
Volume 1: Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis (2009)
Single Use version: $250
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Volume 2: General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Environmental Laboratories (2009)
Single Use version: $175
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Volume 3: General Requirements for Environmental Proficiency Test Providers (2009)
Single Use version: $120
Network version: $300

Volume 4: General Requirements for an Accreditor of Environmental Proficiency Test Providers (2009)
Single Use version: $120
Network version: $300


 

Prices have been established for members of TNI and for the general public. You may join TNI and purchase the standards at the discounted member prices. Any Patron level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of all of the combined documents as part of their annual membership fee. Any Sponsor level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of Volume 1 and a single copy of Volume 2 as part of their annual membership fee.An organization participating at the Partner level may select one free single-use volume each year. Individual members may purchase copies of the Standards at member rates.

A single-use copy means that you may install one copy of the standards on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. You may not copy the standards onto a network. You may view the standards on screen and may print a single paper copy.  Please read the complete Licensing Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

The ISO language is shown in italics. Any additional TNI language then follows, in plain text, as a NOTE or as an additional numbered standard item. The TNI standards are integrated documents containing language from relevant ISO standards and language developed by TNI expert committees. The purchase of the integrated TNI documents eliminates the need to purchase a separate copy of the relevant ISO/IEC standard.

If you are a TNI member, do not order the standard from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive a discount for each standard purchased.



Laboratory Accreditation Standards
Volume 1: Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis (2016)
Single Use version: $250
Network version:

Volume 2: General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Environmental Laboratories (2016)

Note: This document is still being finalized and will be available later this year.

Volume 3: General Requirements for Environmental Proficiency Test Providers (2016)

Note: This document is still being finalized and will be available later this year.

Volume 4: General Requirements for an Accreditor of Environmental Proficiency Test Providers (2016)

Note: This document is still being finalized and will be available later this year.


 

The Standards adopted by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) in 2003 are being phased out, but will continue to be the applicable standards until the new TNI standards have been implemented by a particular accreditation body.

2003 NELAC STANDARD


TNI has established an avenue for resolution of questions submitted electronically on interpretation of the 2003 NELAC Standard. Click here to view responses to requests that were previously submitted. Click here to submit a new request.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) and the Department of Energy (DOE) Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP) Operations Team developed this manual called the DoD/DOE Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories. The QSM provides baseline requirements for the establishment and management of quality systems for laboratories performing analytical testing services for the DoD and the DOE.

This manual is based on Volume 1 of The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standards (September 2009), which incorporates ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E), General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Conformance to the requirements contained in this manual is mandatory for any laboratory that is 1) seeking or maintaining accreditation in accordance with the DoD Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) or 2) seeking or maintaining qualification in accordance with the DOECAP and DOE related contract awards. Laboratories that comply with the requirements of this manual must also comply with the TNI standards (September 2009) and ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E) unless specific provisions in those standards are superseded by this document.

A single-use copy means that you may install one copy of the standards on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. You may not copy the standards onto a network. You may view the standards on screen and may print a single paper copy.  Please read the complete Licensing Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

This version of the manual includes language from the TNI and ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E) standards. DoD/DOE specific language is presented as text boxes and appendices in the order in which topics are addressed in the TNI Standard.

If you are a TNI member, do not order the standard from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive a discount for each standard purchased.


Single Use version: $350
 
Network version:

Prices have been established for members of TNI and for the general public. You may join TNI and purchase the standards at the discounted member prices. Any Patron level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of all of the combined documents as part of their annual membership fee. Any Sponsor level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of Volume 1 and a single copy of Volume 2 as part of their annual membership fee.An organization participating at the Partner level may select one free single-use volume each year. Individual members may purchase copies of the Standards at member rates.

A single-use copy means that you may install one copy of the standards on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. You may not copy the standards onto a network. You may view the standards on screen and may print a single paper copy.  Please read the complete Licensing Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

Some of the accreditation standards below contain language from ISO/IEC 17025 and 17011. The ISO language is shown in italics. Any additional TNI language then follows, in plain text, as a NOTE or as an additional numbered standard item. The TNI standards are integrated documents containing language from relevant ISO standards and language developed by TNI expert committees. The purchase of the integrated TNI documents eliminates the need to purchase a separate copy of the relevant ISO/IEC standard.

If you are a TNI member, do not order the standard from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive a $50 discount for each standard purchased.






Field Activities Standards
Volume 1: General Requirements for Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (2014)
Single Use version: $250
Network version:

Volume 2: General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (2014)
Single Use version: $175
Network version:


 

Prices have been established for members of TNI and for the general public. You may join TNI and purchase the standards at the discounted member prices. Any Patron level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of all of the combined documents as part of their annual membership fee. Any Sponsor level organizational member of TNI will receive a network version of Volume 1 and a single copy of Volume 2 as part of their annual membership fee.An organization participating at the Partner level may select one free single-use volume each year. Individual members may purchase copies of the Standards at member rates.

A single-use copy means that you may install one copy of the standards on, and permit access to it by, a single computer owned, leased or otherwise controlled by you. You may not copy the standards onto a network. You may view the standards on screen and may print a single paper copy.  Please read the complete Licensing Agreement (PDF) for additional information.

Some of the accreditation standards below contain language from ISO/IEC 17025 and 17011. The ISO language is shown in italics. Any additional TNI language then follows, in plain text, as a NOTE or as an additional numbered standard item. The TNI standards are integrated documents containing language from relevant ISO standards and language developed by TNI expert committees. The purchase of the integrated TNI documents eliminates the need to purchase a separate copy of the relevant ISO/IEC standard.

If you are a TNI member, do not order the standard from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive a discount for each standard purchased.






Stationary Source Audit Sample Program Standards
Volume 1, Module 1: General Requirements for Stationary Source Audit Sample Providers
Volume 1, Module 2: General Requirements for an Accreditor of Stationary Source Audit Sample Providers
Volume 1, Module 3: Requirements for Participation in the TNI Stationary Source Audit Sample Program
Single Use version: $120
Network version: $300

 

Accreditation standards are developed by Expert Committees using a consensus process that includes the elements of openness, balance, due process, and consensus as established by Circular A-119 published by the US Office of Management and Budget.

Circular A-119 defines a voluntary consensus standards body as one having the following attributes:

(i)openness; (ii) balance of interest; (iii) due process; (iv) an appeals process; and (v) consensus, which is general agreement, but not necessarily unanimity, and includes a process for attempting to resolve objections by interested parties, as long as all comments have been fairly considered, each objector is advised of the disposition of his or her objection(s) and the reason(s) why, and the consensus body members are given an opportunity to change their votes after reviewing the comments.

Standards are developed by the TNI Consensus Standards Development Program (CSDP), in conformance with TNIs Procedures Governing Standards Development. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved the TNI process for standards development indicating that TNI meets the ANSI requirements. This means the TNI standards are developed through an open consensus process in which all members and the public may provide input and have their position considered, preventing dominance by any one group of stakeholders by assuring a balance of interests among the committee members who develop the standards. The Expert Committees (Proficiency Testing; On-Site Assessment; Quality Systems; Accreditation Body; and Field Activities) each develop a Working Draft Standard that is presented to the membership and the public at the TNI Forum on Laboratory Accreditation. As a result of input received during and following that open meeting, the Expert Committees modify their Working Draft Standard to produce the Voting Draft Standard. All TNI members may then vote electronically, providing comments in support of their positive or negative votes. The Expert Committees must allow for public debate on every comment at the next Forum on Laboratory Accreditation. The Expert Committees hold meetings to rule each comment persuasive or non-persuasive and publish a Response to Comments document.

Committees must resolve every persuasive comment, which may require modification of the standard. Some comments may suggest major changes to the standard (e.g., reduce proficiency test frequency to once per year instead of twice per year), and they may be placed on hold until the next standards revision cycle to allow consideration and debate by the membership and the public.

When persuasive comments are resolved and the standard modules are approved by a majority vote of the Committee Members, the standard then becomes final as the TNI Standard.

After a standard has been adopted by an expert committee, it undergoes an editorial review for consistency and then is published on the TNI website. After publication, TNI must allow thirty days for appeals. The standards will be available for adoption and implementation after resolving appeals.

After resolution of appeals, TNI Standards are considered to be final, and the standard may be used by any organization. However, for use within TNIs National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), the TNI Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC) reviews the adopted TNI Standard and develops supplementary documents (guidance, SOPs, etc.), when needed. The LASEC then forwards the standards to the TNI NELAP Accreditation Council for this program group to adopt the standard for use by all Accreditation Bodies (ABs). TNI expectsMost NELAP ABs will require a lead time of about two years to amend regulations and implement the a new standard. Because However, modifying regulations is restrictive and time-consuming, the current and NELAP ABs may possibly continue to accredit laboratories to the 2003 NELAC any version of the standards until the year 2010, when their proposed regulations are finalized to allow accreditation to the TNI standard. The listing of NELAP ABs shows which standard each AB is using.

 

Laboratory Accreditation Standards

Volume (V)
Module (M)
Volume Title Module Title Last Activity End Date
V1M1 Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis Proficiency Testing IS 7-8-2015
V1M2 " Quality Systems General Requirements MWDS 5-20-2015
VDS 10-14-2015
IS 1-8-2016
V1M3 " Quality Systems for Asbestos Testing    
V1M4 " Quality Systems for Chemical Testing VDS 7-5-2015
IS 12-4-2014
Final 1-21-2016
V1M5 " Quality Systems for Microbiological Testing VDS 7-4-2015
IS 10-22-2015
V1M6 " Quality Systems for Radiochemical Testing VDS 3-31-2015
IS 8-14-2015
V1M7 " Quality Systems for Toxicity Testing    
V2M1 General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Environmental Laboratories General Requirements    
V2M2 " Proficiency Testing IS 7-8-2015
V2M3 " On-Site Assessment    
V3 General Requirements for Environmental Proficiency Test Providers N/A VDS 7-4-2015
IS 3-21-2016
Final 7-27-2016
V4 General Requirements for an Accreditor of Environmental Proficiency Test Providers N/A VDS 7-4-2015
IS 3-21-2016
Final 7-27-2016

 

Field Activities Standards

Volume (V)
Module (M)
Volume Title Module Title Last Activity End Date
V1 General Requirements for Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations N/A MVDS 6-21-2013
V2 General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations N/A MVDS 6-21-2013

 

Stationary Source Audit Sample Program Standards

Volume (V)
Module (M)
Volume Title Module Title Last Activity End Date
V1M1 General Requirements for Stationary Source Audit Sample Providers N/A VDS 11-30-2014
V1M2 General Requirements for an Accreditor of Stationary Source Audit Sample Providers N/A    
V1M3 General Requirements for Participation in the TNI Stationary Source Audit Sample Program N/A VDS 11-30-2014

 

 

Key:

IS = Interim Standard

MVDS = Modified Voting Draft Standard

MWDS = Modified Working Draft Standard

VDS = Voting Draft Standard

WDS = Working Draft Standard