How to Become an Accredited Laboratory
If your laboratory is located within a state with a NELAP-recognized Accreditation Body, you must go to that state for accreditation.
If your laboratory is in another state or country, you can choose to apply to any NELAP AB or a NGAB. Be careful of these facts:
- Some states only offer accreditation in some areas, e.g., only drinking water.
- Some states will not accredit out-of-state laboratories.
- Some states will not accept accreditations from NGABs.
Review the scope of the accreditation program of each AB relative to your scope of services and select an AB to apply to for primary accreditation.
Read the specific rules and regulations for how to apply.
Read the 2009 TNI Standard and implement a program to comply with the requirements. A good first step is to write your Quality Manual.
Do an internal gap analysis using the Quality Systems Checklist for TNI Laboratory Standard.
Note: For laboratories that have never been accredited, this is usually a 12-18 month process.
The new TNI Quality Manual Template is a tool designed for laboratories to help prepare a Quality Manual in compliance with the 2009 or 2016 TNI Standard. The prefabricated sections of the Quality Manual follow the ISO/IEC 17025 outline, but are completely fluid so that you can put sections, examples, links or references anywhere. The Template includes helpful notes, examples and text that can be edited to match each laboratory's particular circumstances. It can be used by a laboratory to create a Quality Manual from scratch or ideas and sections can be used to update a current Quality Manual.
Note: A revised version of this template replaced the previous version on November 17, 2017. The primary change was combining the multiple files into one file to make the template easier to edit and replacing the reference to the 2009 standard to the 2016 standard. Since both the 2009 and 2016 standards have the same organization and very comparable content, anyone who purchased the 2009 version does not need to obtain the 2016 version.
View sample pages from the Quality Manual Template:
The template is available as a Microsoft Word document for $115 for members or $250 for non-members. If you are a TNI member, do not order the template from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The goal of this handbook is to help environmental laboratories, especially small laboratories, take a journey to a new place in the world of laboratory quality systems: The NELAC Institute's (TNI) 2009 Standard. This document is intended to help explain the requirements of the 2009 TNI Standard and to provide environmental laboratories with clear, simple guidance on how to develop the policies and procedures that would allow them to become accredited to the TNI Environmental Laboratory Standard.
View sample pages from the Small Laboratory Handbook:
View a presentation on the Small Laboratory Handbook (PowerPoint)
The handbook is available as a Adobe Acrobat PDF for $115 for members or $190 for non-members. TNI members may also purchase the Small Laboratory Handbook and the QAM Template together for $175, a savings of $35. If you are a TNI member, do not order the handbook from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The TNI Technical Assistance Committee has developed two template models to aid laboratories in implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for analytical methods used in their laboratory, and for implementing Administrative SOPs (such as data integrity, corrective actions, or handling customer complaints). This document addresses the laboratory method SOPs. The requirements for these SOPs are included in NELAC (2003) 188.8.131.52.2, "Laboratory Method Manual(s)".
The templates are available as Microsoft Word documents for $10 each, and are free to anyone who purchases the Quality Manual template. If you are a TNI member, do not order template from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The organizations listed below are all organizational members of TNI in good standing and have indicated to TNI that they perform training and consulting services to laboratories seeking accreditation. TNI receives no fees or revenue from these services. TNI has not evaluated the services, materials offered or technical knowledge of these individuals or companies. TNI does not endorse or warrant any of the services and a laboratory should do its own appropriate due diligence in selecting the service provider that is needed. TNI suggests that references be gathered to assist in the evaluation of these or any provider's services and client satisfaction. If you need further information, please contact the providers directly.
Advanced Systems, Inc.
Amec Foster Wheeler
Altamonte Springs, FL
John Van Meter
ChemVal Consulting, Inc
Salt Lake City, UT
Dade Moeller & Associates
Oak Ridge, TN
Env. Lab. Consulting & Technologies, LLC
850 656 6298
Eurofins Eaton Analytical
Laboratory Consulting Services
Markay Consulting Group
Natural Resource Management Solutions
Madisonville, KY 42431
Frederick S. Ordway
Ordway and Associates, LLC
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Diane J Lawver
Quality Assurance Solutions, LLC
Cupertino, CA 95014
The individuals and organizations listed below are all members of TNI in good standing and have indicated to TNI that they are qualified assessors interested in working under contract to Accreditation Bodies, states or laboratories seeking contract assessors. TNI receives no fees or revenue from these services. TNI has not evaluated the services, qualifications or technical knowledge of these individuals or companies, and does not endorse or warrant any of the services. Any organization contracting these individuals or organizations should do its own appropriate due diligence in selecting the service provider that is needed. TNI suggests that references be gathered to assist in the evaluation of these or any provider's services and client satisfaction. If you need further information, please contact the providers directly.
To add or update a listing, please complete the appropriate template (whether individual or organization) and submit it to the Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee Program Administrator.
Individual Statement of Qualifications for Third Party Assessor Contracts (Word .docx format)