NACLA – NAVY PARTNERSHIP. NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, CORONA DIVISION MEASUREMENT SCIENCE DEPARTMENT Bob Fritzsche (MS 20) 951.273.5244 Robert.Fritzsche@Navy.Mil. Navy METCAL Policy. Laboratory Audit/Certification
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NAVAL SURFACE WARFARE CENTER, CORONA DIVISION
MEASUREMENT SCIENCE DEPARTMENTBob Fritzsche (MS 20)
Calibration Requirements Determination
As a stakeholder member of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA), the Measurement Science Department of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, is requesting that NACLA investigate the establishment of a NACLA Recognition Program that would provide a conformity assessment process for assessment bodies (including but not limited to Accreditation Bodies) that wish to assess organizations to the requirements of ANSI/NCSL Z540.3 – 2006, Requirements for the Calibration of Measuring and Test Equipment. (Referred herein as the National Standard)
We see two conformity assessment processes for two distinct audiences:
1. Organizations (registrars) seeking recognition to assess organizations to the requirements of the National Standard in its entirety.
2. Accreditation Bodies seeking recognition in their assessment of calibration laboratories to meet the (supplemental) requirements of Sub-clause 5.3 of the National Standard.
Conformity Assessment Process #1
This National Standard is written for both the Supplier and Customer, each term being interpreted in the broadest sense. The “Supplier” may be a producer, distributor, vendor, or a provider of a product, service, or information. The “Customer” may be a consumer, client, end-user, retailer or purchaser that receives a product or service.
This National Standard has great potential in reducing “risk” associated with calibration measurement values in the many calibration systems Suppliers employ in producing their end product. The benefits associated with reducing risk are many and varied, depending on the industry.
Conformity Assessment Process #2
It is recommended that consideration be given to ILAC/NACLA recognized ABs.
ILAC/NACLA recognized ABs are qualified to determine laboratory competence. As such, these ABs should not be required to undergo duplicative recognition. Instead, it is recommended that a supplemental process be developed solely to assess the ability of the AB to certify the laboratory’s compliance with the requirements of sub-clause 5.3.
The goal is to establish a process that will promote uniformity in assessment to the supplemental requirements of sub-clause 5.3.