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NVLAP. Sean Barr. BENEFITS OF NVLAP ACCREDITATION. NVLAP is a system recognized internationally for accrediting competent laboratories in the performance of specific test, calibrations and verifications of specified parameters Laboratories located in North America and Asia Pacific

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Benefits of nvlap accreditation
BENEFITS OF NVLAP ACCREDITATION I C E S

  • NVLAP is a system recognized internationally for accrediting competent laboratories in the performance of specific test, calibrations and verifications of specified parameters

  • Laboratories located in North America and Asia Pacific

  • Based on ISO/IEC standards

  • Linked to NIST measurement and research

  • Sets the institution apart from others in similar fields


Nvlap support of federal agency programs
NVLAP Support of Federal Agency Programs I C E S

  • U.S. Department of Energy

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • DOE’s Weapons program (NNSA)

  • National Security Agency

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Department of the Navy (DOD)

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development


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NVLAP Support of Federal Agency Programs I C E S

  • NVLAP Conducts two programs mandated by Congress

    • Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) for testing for asbestos in public schools

    • Help America Vote Act (HAVA) for the testing of voting machinces


Nvlap laboratory accreditation
NVLAP LABORATORY ACCREDITATION I C E S

  • Independent, third party assessment of laboratory technical competence

  • Standard(s) based assessment

  • Assess specific scope of accreditation

  • Assessment by peer technical experts

  • Results in formal recognition by an authoritative body (NIST/NVLAP)

  • Accreditation renewed annually


Accreditation process
ACCREDITATION PROCESS I C E S

  • Accreditation review process involves several key areas to be demonstrated proficiently

    • Follow ISO/IEC 17025.2006 format

    • Complete organizational structure for all key components of the laboratory

    • Designation of Technical and Quality Managers

    • Associated qualifications of staff and management personnel

    • Demonstration of program ownership from top to bottom

    • Insurance of uncompromised integrity during change of personnel

    • Incorruptible and sound technical values ingrained in the laboratory operation irrespective of personnel change


Accreditation process1
ACCREDITATION PROCESS I C E S

  • Defined document control structure/process

  • Process insures consistency of test/evaluation

  • Defined process of internal and external communications with customers and staff

  • Control of records to the extent that data/methods are preserved to enable repeatability

  • Insurance of quality associated with parts/supplies that support calibration/testing

  • Demonstration of customer satisfaction and feedback


Accreditation process2
ACCREDITATION PROCESS I C E S

  • Control of nonconforming work

  • Complaints and resolutions

  • Evaluation of processes through internal and external assessments and management reviews

  • Demonstration of protecting proprietary information for customers

  • Control/recording of environmental conditions that can potentially impact calibration results


Accreditation process3
ACCREDITATION PROCESS I C E S

  • A comprehensive review and documentation of succession planning to ensure continuity when/if staff changes occur

  • Ensure ownership of the program outlined in Quality Manual from top to bottom

  • Verification of qualifications and training program effectiveness


Why nvlap
WHY NVLAP I C E S

  • NVLAP is part of NIST and therefore receive recognition in the Federal Records

  • NVLAP has signed letters of agreement with numerous international agencies that control/monitor metrology laboratories

  • Demonstrates professionalism, expertise and notoriety that clearly delineate us from other laboratories

  • More and more customers are requiring NVLAP accreditation


Questions
QUESTIONS I C E S