Accreditation Resources & Liaison

Committee Charter

Provide practical assistance to NCSLI Member Organizations, which are pursuing and maintaining formal laboratory accreditation.

De-Mystifying Calibration Accreditation
If two calibration laboratories are both accredited do they have the same quality? Is an “accredited calibration” different from getting a calibration from an “accredited laboratory”? What is the risk to you if you order a calibration from a lab and some of the measurements are outside their published “scope-of-accreditation”? Unfortunately, accreditation is often a source of confusion for many people, but it doesn’t have to be! We will de-mystify accreditation, answer these questions, and provide you with a clear understanding on how to determine what you should look for in an accredited calibration lab.

The Advantages of Being an Accredited Laboratory

A RECOGNITION OF TESTING COMPETENCE
Laboratory accreditation provides formal recognition to competent laboratories, thus providing a ready means for customers to identify and select reliable testing, measurement and calibration services. To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated regularly by the accreditation body to ensure their continued compliance with requirements, and to check that their standard of operation is being maintained. The laboratory is also required to participate in relevant proficiency testing programs between reassessments, as a further demonstration of technical competence.

Accredited laboratories usually issue test or calibration reports bearing the accreditation body’s symbol or endorsement, as an indication of their accreditation. Clients are encouraged to check with the laboratory as to what specific tests or measurements they are accredited for, and for what ranges or uncertainties. This information is specified in the laboratory’s scope of accreditation, issued by the accreditation body. The description in the scope of accreditation also has advantages for the customers of laboratories in enabling them to find the appropriate laboratory or testing service.
Why Use an Accredited Laboratory?

WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A LABORATORY?
When selecting a laboratory to fulfil your testing, calibration or measurement
needs, you need to be sure that they can supply you with accurate and
reliable results.
Laboratory Accreditation or ISO 9001 Certification?

LABORATORY ACCREDITATION OR ISO 9001 CERTIFICATION?
When selecting a supplier to fulfill your testing, calibration or measurement  needs, you need to be sure that they can supply you with accurate and reliable results.
Goals
  1. Provide practical assistance to NCSLI Member Organizations, which are pursuing and maintaining formal laboratory accreditation;
  2. Develop materials for presentation at venues with various topics based on membership needs such as internal auditing;
  3. Review current committee publications determining any need to revise or withdraw the publication(s); and
  4. Determine those accreditation bodies offering programs for Z540.3 “Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment” and develop documentation regarding any issues found assessing to the requirements of Z540.3.
How Does Using an Accredited Laboratory Benefit Government and Regulators?

Government bodies and regulators must have confidence in the data generated by laboratories in order to make these decisions. Using an accredited laboratory can help establish and assure this confidence.

If a laboratory is accredited by a reputable accreditation body, it means that the laboratory has achieved a prescribed level of technical competence to perform specific types of testing, measurement and calibration activities. The result is assurance that the laboratory is capable of producing data that are accurate, traceable and reproducible – critical components in governmental decision-making.
Why Become an Accredited Laboratory?

A RECOGNITION OF TESTING COMPETENCE
Laboratory accreditation is a means of determining the technical competence of  laboratories to perform specific types of testing, measurement and calibration. It also
provides formal recognition to competent laboratories, thus providing a ready means for customers to identify and select reliable testing, measurement and calibration services able to meet their needs.

To maintain this recognition, laboratories are re-evaluated periodically by the accreditation body to ensure their continued compliance with requirements, and to check that their standard of operation is being maintained. The laboratory may also be required to participate in relevant proficiency testing programs between reassessments, as a further demonstration of technical competence.

Accredited laboratories usually issue test or calibration reports bearing the accreditation body’s symbol or endorsement, as an indication of their accreditation.