How to Become an Accredited Laboratory
If your laboratory is located within one of these 14 states, you must go to that state for accreditation.
If your laboratory is in another state or country, you can choose to apply to any state. But, be careful of these facts:
- Some states only offer accreditation in some areas, e.g., only drinking water.
- Some states will not accredit out-of-state laboratories.
Review the scope of the accreditation program of each state relative to your scope of services and select a state to apply to for primary accreditation.
Read the state-specific rules and regulations for how to apply within that state.
Read the 2003 NELAC Standard, especially Chapters 2-5 and implement a program to comply with the requirements. A good first step is to write your Quality Manual.
Do an internal gap analysis using the 2003 NELAC checklist (Word DOC, 2MB).
Note: For laboratories that have never been accredited, this is usually a 12-18 month process.
The TNI Quality Manual Template is a tool designed for laboratories to help prepare a Quality Manual in compliance with the 2009 TNI Standard. The prefabricated sections of the Quality Manual follow the ISO 17025 outline, but are completely fluid so that you can put sections, examples, links or references anywhere. The template includes helpful notes, examples and text that can be edited to match each laboratory's particular circumstances. It can be used by a laboratory to create a Quality Manual from scratch or ideas and sections can be used to update a current Quality Manual.
Access to an on-line example library that is continually updated is a new tool that will be invaluable in preparing your laboratory's custom Quality Manual (coming March 2011).
On-site training is being planned at the FSEA and Oregon meeting in May 2011. A webinar
is planned for late March 2011.
View sample pages from the Quality Manual Template:
The template is available as a Microsoft Word document for $95 for members or $250 for non-members. If you are a TNI member, do not order the template from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The goal of this handbook is to help environmental laboratories, especially small laboratories, take a journey to a new place in the world of laboratory quality systems: The NELAC Institute's (TNI) 2009 Standard. This document is intended to help explain the requirements of the 2009 TNI Standard and to provide environmental laboratories with clear, simple guidance on how to develop the policies and procedures that would allow them to become accredited under the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP).
View sample pages from the Small Laboratory Handbook:
View a presentation on the Small Laboratory Handbook (PowerPoint)
The handbook is available as a Adobe Acrobat PDF for $115 for members or $190 for non-members. TNI members may also purchase the Small Laboratory Handbook and the QAM Template together for $175, a savings of $35. If you are a TNI member, do not order the handbook from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The TNI Technical Assistance Committee has developed two template models to aid laboratories in implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for analytical methods used in their laboratory, and for implementing Administrative SOPs (such as data integrity, corrective actions, or handling customer complaints). This document addresses the laboratory method SOPs. The requirements for these SOPs are included in NELAC (2003) 184.108.40.206.2, "Laboratory Method Manual(s)".
The templates are available as Microsoft Word documents for $5 each for members or $10 for non-members, and are free to anyone who purchases the Quality Manual template. If you are a TNI member, do not order template from this page. Instead, use the purchase button on the members-only page to receive your discount.
The organizations listed below are all organizational members of TNI in good standing and have indicated to TNI that they perform training and consulting services to laboratories seeking accreditation. TNI receives no fees or revenue from these services. TNI has not evaluated the services, materials offered or technical knowledge of these individuals or companies. TNI does not endorse or warrant any of the services and a laboratory should do its own appropriate due diligence in selecting the service provider that is needed. TNI suggests that references be gathered to assist in the evaluation of these or any provider's services and client satisfaction. If you need further information, please contact the providers directly.
Advanced Systems, Inc.
Altamonte Springs, FL
Askew Scientific Consulting
ChemVal Consulting, Inc
Salt Lake City, UT
Env. Lab. Consulting & Technologies, LLC
850 656 6298
Graham Connections, LLC
Laboratory Consulting Services
Matthew Sica Consulting
Diane J Lawver
Quality Assurance Solutions, LLC
Cupertino, CA 95014
Shepherd Technical Services