National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) Recognizes the Health Physics Society Laboratory Accreditation Program (HPSLAP) to ISO/IEC 17011

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The Recognition Council of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has recently recognized the Health Physics Society Laboratory Accreditation Program (HPSLAP). HPSLAP is recognized to ISO/IEC 17011 "General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies" and the NACLA Evaluation Procedure and performs assessments of calibrations laboratories to the accreditation requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories."

…operate a comprehensive national accreditation body recognition system that meets the requirements of internationally accepted standards and practices and the sector specific requirements of U.S. Specifiers and Regulators.

The Recognition Council of the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has recently recognized the Health Physics Society Laboratory Accreditation Program (HPSLAP). HPSLAP is recognized to ISO/IEC 17011 "General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies" and the NACLA Evaluation Procedure and performs assessments of calibrations laboratories to the accreditation requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories."

The Laboratory Accreditation Program developed by the HPS became operational in 1987. While the recognition is for calibration, HPS currently accredits laboratories that calibrate portable instruments used for radiation protection and laboratories that calibrate radiation sources. These calibration laboratories satisfy criteria for two possible levels: secondary or tertiary (i.e., one or two steps removed, respectively, from NIST [National Institute of Standards and Technology], which is the U.S. national primary level). The criteria for accreditation as a secondary accredited laboratory (SAL) are more stringent than the corresponding criteria applicable to a tertiary accredited laboratory (TAL). For more information visit the HPS web site: http://www.hps.org/lapc/

In addition to HPSLAP, NACLA currently recognizes three other accreditation bodies: (1) AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC; (2) http://www.l-a-b.com, LLC (L-A-B); and (3) PRI-Nadcap. For the most current list of recognized accreditation bodies, see http://www.nacla.net.

NACLA is a private-sector not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the District of Columbia. NACLA's Quality Policy affirms their commitment to "…operate a comprehensive national accreditation body recognition system that meets the requirements of internationally accepted standards and practices and the sector specific requirements of U.S. Specifiers and Regulators." NACLA works with industry specifiers and government/regulatory agencies in the United States to coordinate the development of sector specific technical requirements beyond those included in international guidelines used for accreditation body recognition and laboratory accreditation.

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