The Value of Independent Testing

Third party laboratories exist to provide objective benchmarks for evaluators to consider when accepting or rejecting goods and services.

Visit to learn more about the independent, commercial laboratory’s contribution to public health and safety, watch additional videos on specific testing disciplines or click below for more info.


ACIL Meetings

Annual Meetings

Mark your calendar for October 5-8, 2014 for the ACIL Annual Meeting to be held at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL.  Register Now!
2013 Annual Meeting Recap
Once again, the 2013 Annual Meeting provided top-notch education and valuable networking time, including our annual banquet with drinks and dinner at historic El Chorro in Scottsdale and noteworthy member panel discussion on ethics.  This member panel will become a standard part of our meetings, underscoring the value of ACIL member-to-member communications and serving as a fitting legacy to former ACIL Chairman Earl Hess (Lancaster Laboratories).  Members who were not able to join us may view copies of the educational presentations here.  

Policies and Practices (P2) Meeting

2014 Policies and Practices (P2) Meeting
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2014 Final Program


2013 Policies and Practices (P2) Meeting
Click below to see last year's program.

2013 Final Program


ACIL Programs

EMC Proficiency Testing (PT)

Easily meet ISO/IEC 17025, Section 5.9 quality control requirements with ACIL’s inter-laboratory comparison “round robins.”

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CMET Personnel Certification

Plans call for this new ACIL program to meet both ISO/IEC 17025 and FHWA requirements and include separate laboratory and field technician certifications.

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Non-Governmental Accreditation Initiative

This new ACIL program will allow environmental laboratories to meet government accreditation requirements through contracts with private sector providers.

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Seal of Excellence

Use customized client surveys to meet ISO/IEC 17025, Section 4.7.2 requirements and assess performance quality while maintaining confidentiality of customer information.

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ACIL Training

Business Practices Webinars

Key topics to enhance laboratory operations include human resources, financial management and technology.

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CMET Personnel Certification

Specific training for laboratory technicians provided with this new ACIL training currently under development.

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Continuing educational topics include ISO/IEC 17025 and 17011, ANSI NCSLI Z540.3, uncertainty of measurement, construction materials testing, etc.

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Special workshops cover topics of current interest, such as improving environmental testing methodology.

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ACIL Publications

ACIL Newsletter

Bi-monthly newsletters for members only that provide insights and information on current issues for third party independent testing laboratories.

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Industry Insights

Quarterly newsletters for members only that provide current information about activity of the ACIL Associate member. Sections include, What’s New, What’s Hot, Technical/White Papers, and Product Showcase.

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EMC Standards Alert

For members only, this publication provides timely updates on critical electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standards from Don Heirman, Chair, CISPR & ANSI ASC C63®.

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CMET Guide 1825

A joint effort between ACIL and NACLA, this document consolidates ISO/IEC 17025, AASHTO R-18 and NIST 7012 requirements, leading to one accreditation for all.

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Position Papers

A collection of recent ACIL position papers that represent ACIL’s opinion about specific topics.

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About ACIL

ACIL is the trade association representing independent, commercial scientific and engineering firms. Its members are professional services firms engaged in testing, product certification, consulting, and research and development. Affiliated membership is available to manufacturer’s laboratories, consultants, and suppliers to the industry.

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