About ACIL
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ACIL is the trade association representing independent, commercial scientific and testing laboratories.
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.

The association was founded in 1937 as the American Council of Commercial Laboratories.  It was later incorporated in the State of New York as the American Council of Independent Laboratories.

ACIL defines independent scientific and engineering services firms as commercial entities engaged in analysis, testing, inspection, materials engineering, sampling, product certification, research and development and related consulting services for the public.  They are not affiliated with any institution, company, or trade group that might affect their ability to conduct investigations, render reports, or give professional, objective, and unbiased counsel. 


Realizing a healthy safe environment for society through the application of unbiased, scientific testing.

Providing the independent testing community with advocacy, education, and alliances to enable members to better address environmental and product risks to the public.


ACIL Values

Ethical, Objective and Quality Business Practices             

ACIL members are committed to upholding the best practices of scientific leadership. We stand behind well-formulated policies, which mitigate bias in research, and promote scientific rigor and integrity.

Spirit of Community and Collaboration

Our network resources foster idea exchange to promote professional growth and opportunities to address business challenges. ACIL encourages members to participate and cultivate relationships with fellow members and the wider stakeholder community.

Anticipate and Lead

ACIL through its members identifies emerging developments that enable us to anticipate trends and actively contribute to solutions that meet future challenges.


ACIL Strategic Objectives

ADVOCACY: ACIL builds awareness of the value of accredited third parties and leverages the expertise of its members to develop viable policy solutions grounded in the principles of public-private partnerships and of fair competition.

EDUCATION: ACIL supports the success and growth of its member companies and their people by delivering education and training focused on business operational and professional development.

ALLIANCES: ACIL collaborates with a wide spectrum of groups and stakeholders, developing effective partnerships to advance shared interests.

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ACIL Bylaws

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ACIL and ILI Disclaimer

The American Council of Independent Laboratories and Independent Laboratories Institute assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any person for any loss or damage by errors or omissions in the material contained herein regardless of whether such errors result from negligence, accident or any other cause whatsoever.