Fort Wayne, IN (PRWEB) May 15, 2011
Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B) is proud to announce a milestone in the history of laboratory accreditation in the United States. The National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) has expanded L-A-B’s current Scope of Recognition to include Construction Materials Testing Laboratories. As a result of NACLA’s recognition, L-A-B is recognized to accredit laboratories to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requirements as specified in FHWA Quality Assurance Laboratory, Qualification Program (23 CFR 637.209).
The NACLA "Recognition Procedure" and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Interagency Report 7012 (NISTIR 7012), "Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing", is the criteria required for the approval of comparable laboratory accreditation programs as indicated in a Notice in the Federal Register on September 22, 2004.
Under L-A-B’s recognized program, the accredited labs meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of calibration and testing laboratories and AASHTO R 18 Establishing and Implementing a Quality Management System for Construction Materials Testing Laboratories. The scope of the CMT field includes the following materials areas: concrete and aggregates, cement, soils, bituminous materials and masonry related to construction. Accreditation may be offered for one or more tests in each area. As an option, a laboratory may also obtain accreditation for one or more of the following construction materials engineering standards:
- ASTM E329 Specification for Agencies Engaged in the Testing and/or Inspection of Materials Used in Construction
- ASTM C1077 Practice for Laboratories Testing Concrete and Concrete Aggregates for Use in Construction and Criteria for Laboratory Evaluation
- ASTM D3666 Specification for Minimum Requirements for Agencies Testing and Inspecting Bituminous Paving Materials
- ASTM D3740 Practice for Evaluation of Agencies Engaged in Testing and/or Inspection of Soils and Rock as Used in Engineering Design and Construction
- ASTM C1093 Practice for Accreditation of Testing Agencies for Unit Masonry
“The use of independent third party accreditation is growing in the United States due in large part to the efforts of NACLA stakeholders: labs, specifiers/regulators, and accreditation bodies. The NACLA recognition process has proven to be a great asset to L-A-B … through the stakeholder cooperation we continue to work together developing recognition and accreditation requirements that meet the needs of regulators and specifiers in the United States, while maintaining a focus on the use of international standards. As a result, NACLA can recognize AB’s while reducing the redundancy of multiple regulator/specifier approvals in the U.S.,” explains Doug Leonard, President, L-A-B, “giving a special appreciation to our fellow NACLA members and Construction Materials Engineering Council (CMEC) for our mutually beneficial Memorandum of Understanding.”
L-A-B is an independent third party Accreditation Body whose mission is to Improve Testing and Calibration Laboratories worldwide. 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’s website http://www.l-a-b.com is one of the web’s most comprehensive resources for laboratories seeking Laboratory Accreditation.
CONTACT: Pat Douglass, Laboratory Accreditation Bureau, +1-260-637-2705, pdouglass(at)l-a-b(dot)com
SOURCE: L-A-B, Laboratory Accreditation Bureau, Fort Wayne, IN