Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B) and Construction Materials Engineering Council, Inc. (CMEC) have Entered into a Technical Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

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Construction Materials Accreditation Program Update

The use of independent third party accreditation is growing in the United States due in large part to the original efforts of NACLA and L-A-B is proud to continue that support along side of our fellow member, CMEC. Working together we can put into effect the long term goals of labs and regulators regarding accreditation in the field of construction materials testing

L-A-B and CMEC have agreed to cooperate through a MoU benefiting both organizations working together to further their technical compliance to the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) Construction Material and Testing Recognition Program. Through NACLA membership both organizations will cooperate in cross-training, documentation review, and mutually beneficial assessor development. Both organizations believe the resulting independent accreditation programs will not only be found in compliance with the NACLA requirements, but will also improve the laboratories systems and resulting data for specifiers and regulators in the United States.

The NACLA "Recognition Procedure" and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Interagency Report 7012 (NISTIR 7012), "Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing", are the criteria required for the approval of comparable laboratory accreditation programs as indicated in a Notice in the Federal Register on September 22, 2004.

The accreditation bodies will be evaluated against the NACLA Recognition Procedure and the Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing. They must be recognized by NACLA with the Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing listed within its scope before the accreditation bodies will be approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). To meet the quality assurance requirements in 23 CFR 637.209(a) (2), (3), and (4), the laboratories' scope of accreditation must indicate that the laboratory was assessed according to the requirements in NISTIR 7012.

"The use of independent third party accreditation is growing in the United States due in large part to the original efforts of NACLA and L-A-B is proud to continue that support along side of our fellow member, CMEC. Working together we can put into effect the long term goals of labs and regulators regarding accreditation in the field of construction materials testing", states Doug Leonard, Managing Director, L-A-B.

L-A-B is an independent third party Accreditation Body whose mission is to Improve Testing and Calibration Laboratories worldwide through ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation. L-A-B is recognized by both NACLA (National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation, http://www.nacla.net ) and ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, http://www.ilac.org ) in the fields of calibration and testing. L-A-B is also recognized by the Department of Defense to provide Accreditation through their DoD ELAP Program. http://www.L-A-B.com is one of the web's most comprehensive resources for laboratories seeking Laboratory Accreditation.

CMEC, the Construction Materials Engineering Council, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to improve the quality of production, inspection, and testing of construction materials through its many Accreditation, Education, and Certification programs. Founded in 1983, CMEC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from CMEC Accredited construction materials testing (CMT) laboratories; Cementitious Products Associations; Asphalt Associations; Aggregate Associations; and Architect, Engineer, or Contractor Associations.
A full-time staff administrates and coordinates CMEC programs, and the production of educational materials and proficiency samples, at CMEC headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

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