ACIL excels at providing a forum for members to build relationships with tangible business benefits, focusing on networking, education and advocacy. With unparalleled access to other laboratory owners and senior executives, ACIL provides the best, most comprehensive peer network of executives in the industry through easily accessible committees, sections devoted to specific disciplines, annual and mid-year meetings, member handbook (on-line member directory only available to members), web site, and other products and services.
As the voice of the laboratory testing industry, ACIL fights legislative and regulatory battles for the entire industry, challenging unfair government competition, advocating pro-business measures and negotiating for sensible international trade policies. In addition, ACIL keeps you wired to critical industry-wide news and information through regular newsletters, news alerts, legislative bulleting, the ACIL web site and special updates.
ACIL’s Business Development Program provides members with the best in growth initiatives with proactive promotion of members’ services to client markets, along with excellent associate member affinity programs. In addition to great discounts on business services, ACIL offers members specialized discounts on professional liability insurance, instrumentation and supplies, human resources support, laboratory staff training and other programs noted below.
Business Development Programs
ACIL’s Laboratory Referral Service
Each month, ACIL receives hundreds of inquiries from users of independent laboratory or testing services. ACIL has an invaluable referral service, ACIL Assist, which provides members with complimentary exposure to potential clients. ACIL Assist matches callers’ needs with members’ capabilities. Members are encouraged to update their company data with ACIL to avoid missing out on these valuable business referrals.
Laboratory Technician Training
Through a partnership with Lab Tech Training, all ACIL members have access to an award-winning modular video program designed to provide both new and experienced laboratory employees with the skills necessary to be safe and effective laboratory technicians. The twelve-part program includes instruction on safety, the use of standard laboratory equipment, proper laboratory procedures, as well as math, the metric system, and understanding data/SQC. Review and test materials that maximize the effectiveness of the instruction accompany each tape. ACIL members will be given discounts of 30% off the regular costs of the award-winning video series.
Human Resources Support Services
This exceptional member benefit is offered through SESCO Management Consultants, the nationally known firm that specializes in personnel and labor relations. Members are provided with complimentary phone consultation on any human resources matter, e.g., solving personnel problems, professional advice, recommendations, union activity, and reviews and critiques of company personnel manuals and policies.
Instrumentation and Supplies Discount
ACIL members receive discounts on laboratory consumables, chemicals, solvents, reagents, and sample containers through Fisher Scientific. Members receive a 15% discount on Pre Cleaned Certified containers and up to 52% on supplies and apparatus.
ANSI Publications Discount Program
ACIL is a member organization of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI has recently introduced a program that allows us to offer you, our members, access to ANSI’s standards and conformity assessment information and discounts on select standards purchased through ANSI’s Electronic Standards Store at no cost to ACIL Members. The program allows ACIL members to become Affiliate Members of ANSI. All ANSI Affiliate Program information is delivered electronically, via email or accessed through the web at ANSI online. As an ANSI Affiliate you will receive discounts on select standards collections, a bi-weekly newsletter, an electronic version of the Institute’s quarterly magazine, and a complimentary single-user subscription to ANSI’s Standards Tracking and Automated Reporting (STAR) Service.
Comprehensive Professional Liability Insurance Program
ACIL has negotiated on behalf of its members an extremely competitive insurance program through Frank Crystal & Co., Inc., a highly respected commercial insurance broker. This ACIL sponsored Insurance Program is among the most cost effective solutions for Testing Laboratories in the market today. This program addresses the many unique exposures facing Testing Labs including coverage for bodily injury and property damage arising out of test results or data developed or disseminated by ACIL members as well as coverage for claims arising out of pollution conditions created as a result of collecting, handling or transporting test samples. Even if you already have coverage in place, Frank Crystal & Company will provide free analysis of your existing coverage and recommend ways to increase coverage or lower premium depending on their findings. There is no cost to see if you quality to participate in this valuable ACIL members only benefit.
ACIL Seal of Excellence
Be recognized for your success! The ACIL Seal of Excellence Awards program provides users a mechanism for evaluating testing laboratories. Currently offered for the environmental testing industry, expansion of the program to other testing disciplines is under consideration. ACIL members receive a discount on this independent benchmark of a company’s PT scores, customer satisfaction and data integrity process. For information on the program, contact the ACIL Seal of Excellence Program Administrator at (302) 368-1211.
ACIL offers members an opportunity to become a part of the ACIL ListServe. The ACIL ListServe opens a door to communicate with other members for outsourcing of work, selling/buying of materials, equipment, labs, etc., as well as offers a forum for specific requests and questions from the professional and/or the public sector to be disseminated quickly and efficiently. For more information on the ACIL ListServe, contact Beth Horan or 202/887-5872, x106.
ACIL Financial Management Survey
This in-house ACIL benchmarking tool provides key financial operating ratios to assist members in assessing the financial health of an independent testing business, regardless of size, type or cost structure. Contact Beth Horan for more information at 202/887-5872, x106.
Fleet and Rental Car Service
Enterprise Fleet Services, a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, manages commercial fleets for businesses with fleets between 15 - 125 vehicles. Enterprise's fleet management services are aimed at reducing overall fleet holding costs. Services include acquisition, funding, aftermarket equipment, maintenance programs, fuel management, fleet card program, risk management and driver safety, corporate rental, registration, disposal and reporting. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.enterprise.com/fleets or call toll free 1-877-23-FLEET. Also as a member of ACIL, take advantage of Enterprise Rent-A-Car's VIP rental rates. For reservations, visit www.enterprise.com or call 1-800-VIP-ERAC.
Long Term Care
LTC Financial Partners, LLC (LTCFP) is one of the nation's most experienced long term care agencies. Their passion is to help their clients obtain long term care insurance with the flexibility of choosing benefits that are tailored to their needs so they don't pay for unnecessary coverage. With the help of ACIL, LTCFP has developed a long term program that includes free educational resources and premium discounts for ACIL members and their employees.
World Wide Web Home Page
ACIL’s Home Page is your 24-hour on-line resource for information about ACIL, its activities and events, its members and many important links with key industry, governmental and business organizations. The Home Page has general information about ACIL, news releases, advocacy positions, meetings calendar, membership information, publications listings and much, much more. Hot links to members’ Web pages are listed for each of ACIL’s sections, and are often used by potential customers to locate laboratory testing services.
ACIL’s manuals, position papers and other publications help members save time and money and build their companies’ information base.