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FHWA Qualification Requirements for Laboratories. NACLA Forum February 11, 2009. Mike Rafalowski Materials Engineer Office of Pavement Technology Federal Highway Administration. Outline. Requirements in 23 CFR 637 Requirements for qualified laboratories

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fhwa qualification requirements for laboratories

FHWA Qualification Requirements for Laboratories

NACLA Forum

February 11, 2009

Mike Rafalowski

Materials Engineer

Office of Pavement Technology

Federal Highway Administration

outline
Outline
  • Requirements in 23 CFR 637
  • Requirements for qualified laboratories
  • Requirements for accredited laboratories
  • Need for Comparable Accreditation Program
  • Criteria for comparable accreditation programs
  • Significance
  • Status
requirements in 23 cfr 637 209
Requirements in 23 CFR 637.209
  • Laboratories performing tests used in the acceptance decision are required to be. Qualified.
  • The State Central laboratory and third party laboratories performing dispute resolution and Independent Assurance testing are required to be Accredited.
requirements for qualified laboratories
Requirements for Qualified Laboratories
  • Required to have calibration records
  • Qualification Program approved by FHWA
  • NOT REQUIRED TO BE ACCREDITED

All laboratories that perform testing for use in the acceptance decision - including QC

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Requirements for Qualified Laboratories

23 CFR 637 Non-Regulatory Guidance

  • Personnel: Supervisors 3 years experience
  • Technicians qualified
  • Calibration of equipment
  • Procedure and test manuals
  • Proficiency testing
  • Evaluation cycle 2 to 3 years
  • Use of IA data
requirements for accredited laboratories
DOT Central laboratory

Third party laboratory used for Dispute Resolution

Third party laboratory used for Independent Assurance

AASHTO Accreditation Program or Comparable program Approved by FHWA

Requirements for Accredited Laboratories
need for comparable accreditation program
Need for Comparable Accreditation Program
  • Regulatory option for approving comparable Accreditation Bodies
  • Inquiries by Accreditation Bodies
  • Interest by laboratories in reducing number of duplicative audits
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Need for Comparable Accreditation Program

Why NACLA?

  • NACLA’s mission is to coordinate and evaluate accreditation programs in the US
  • Several accreditation programs covering construction materials in the US
  • Most parties interested in construction materials are members of NACLA
criteria for comparable accreditation program
Criteria for Comparable Accreditation Program

NACLA - Technical Requirements Committee

Subcommittee on Construction

  • Representatives of : FHWA, FAA, COE, USBR, NIST, AASHTO, AAP, A2LA, NVLAP, IAS, ACIL
  • First meeting May 13, 2001
  • Technical Requirements for Construction Testing, NISTIR 7012, published June 2003
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Criteria for Comparable Accreditation Program

Covered under Technical Requirements for Construction Testing

  • Detailed observation of 100 percent of the test procedures
  • Verification of Test Equipment
  • Assessment of laboratories against 17025 and additional requirements
  • Use of check sheets
laboratory accreditation program approval

Criteria for Comparable Accreditation Program

Laboratory Accreditation Program Approval
  • Federal Register Notice, September 22, 2004
    • NACLA Recognition Requirements
    • Technical Requirements for Construction Testing, NISTIR 7012
    • ABs Evaluated to both criteria - include NISTIR 7012 in scope
    • Laboratories Evaluated according to both criteria – include NISTIR 7012 in scope
  • UNDERLYING REGULATIONS NOT CHANGED
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Criteria for Comparable Accreditation Program

Expected Steps for Evaluation of Accreditation Program

  • Establish a program that meets NISTIR 7012
  • Operate program
  • Request evaluation of program
    • Evaluation team potential members
      • Federal agencies including FHWA
      • Other users
  • Receive recognition of program
significance
Significance
  • Consolidate requirements of several Federal agencies
  • Potential for some reduction in number of audits for laboratories
  • Allow several agencies to use NACLA recognized ABs which currently do not
status
Status
  • NACLA/ACIL developed a comparison document for laboratories
  • Interest by one accreditation body