Laboratory Management (LM) Publications

LM 1: Guide for Calibration Laboratory Managers
Revision Year 1990

This Guide provides new managers or managers of new laboratories general information for the management of a metrology or calibration laboratory. This Guide: (1) provides strategic and tactical information to ask the right questions in assessing your laboratory situation, and (2) identifies sources of detailed and technical information on specific topics peculiar to calibration laboratory management. This Guide covers metrology and the administration of a metrology laboratory in a broad sense. The topics are not in any order of importance and the reader can consult any section without reference to a previous section. Readers might profit from a “read through” approach, keeping in mind their own situation and interests.

LM 2: Acronyms & Abbreviations List
Revision Year 1999

LM 3: Glossary of Metrology-Related Terms
Revision Year 1999

LM 5: Benchmarking Survey
Revision Year 2007

The purpose of the NCSL International Benchmarking Survey is to provide all members with high quality data to baseline personnel compensation, industry compliance, and continuous improvement objectives across the metrology industry.

LM 6: Companion Volume to Guide to Achieving Lab Accreditation
Revision Year 2002

This companion volume to the Guide to Achieving Laboratory Accreditation is intended to help member organizations to interpret and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 to the development and conduct of their own quality systems. In the final analysis, every laboratory must develop its own approach to satisfying its clients’ requirements for accreditation and their own quality documentation, which should be unique to the business, agency, or institution it represents.

LM 7: Guide to Achieving Laboratory Accreditation

Revision Year 2004

The NCSL International Guide to achieving laboratory accreditation is just that – a guide to help member organizations determine the business need for laboratory accreditation, and to interpret and apply the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025 to develop and conduct their quality systems. The Guide is written in a question and answer style similar to frequently asked questions found on internet websites, with separate publications to aid the reader, NCSL International Quality Manual and Quality Assurance Procedures Template, and NCSL International Guide to Measurement Uncertainty for Calibration Laboratories.

LM 8: Guide to Measurement Uncertainty for Calibration Laboratories
Revision Year 2002

This guide to measurement uncertainty is intended for calibration laboratories, but can be used to help understand how to determine measurement uncertainty in many other situations and environments.

LM 11: Comparison Between Z540.1-1994 and 17025-2000
Revision Year 2004

The content of this guide was originally assembled by an ad hoc working group operating under the direction of the NCSLI 174 Standards Writing Committee. The working group hopes that the modifications offered here will provide a tool useful to the measurement community, primarily in converting quality manuals from “Z540.1.1994 (R2002)” to “ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025:2000”. The document contains tables and cross references between Z 540.1-1994 and ISO/IEC 17025:2000.

LM 12: Comparison of ISO/IEC 17025:1999 to ISO/IEC 17025:2005
Revision Year 2005

The Accreditation Resources Committee developed this Guide to assist calibration and testing laboratories in assessing the affect of the 2005 revision of ANSI/ISO/IEC 17025 on their quality, technical and administrative systems, collectively referred to therein as the laboratory’s management system. It is based on Amendments to 17025, by Roxanne Robinson (NCSLI Vice President, Industrial Programs) a paper presented at the 2005 NCSLI Workshop and Symposium; and on a comparison of ISO/IEC 17025:1999 with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 contributed by Anthony Anderson (NCSLI Director to ILAC).

LM 13: Guide to Personnel Qualifications
Revision Year 2005

This guide provides assistance to managers of calibration laboratories in establishing qualifications and educational requirements, identifying attained knowledge, evaluating experience, and establishing ongoing training requirements for metrology personnel.

LM 14: Metrology Human Resources Handbook
Revision Year 2010

This Handbook provides the essential items needed by a Human Resources professional to evaluate three positions relative to metrology: (1) calibration technician, (2) calibration engineer, and (3) metrologist. It includes industry-accepted job descriptions, salary information, career statistics, educational opportunities, and reference materials in support of standardized job descriptions for the metrology profession. Because there is limited published and accepted information on metrology professions by government agencies, this publication provides a consolidated reference of this essential information.







Report: US National Measurement Requirements Committee
Revision Year 2002

This report summarizes the U.S. National Requirements assessment from 2002.

Report: US National Measurement Requirements Committee (NISTIR)
Revision Year 2003

This report is a response from NIST regarding the U.S. National Requirements assessment from 2002.

Report: State Laboratory Program Workload Survey
Revision Year 2009

This report summarizes the U.S. State Laboratory Program Workload Survey. Data consists of workload information from 2008. The report also contains laboratory demographic data and NIST programmatic data regarding the State legal metrology laboratories.