acil-shn Archive [Sep/Oct 2012] [09/04/12]
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ACIL Launches First Accredited EMC PT Program

On July 2, 2012, ACIL achieved an unprecedented milestone--inception of the world’s only accredited EMC Proficiency Testing (PT) Program after the ACIL Corporation for EMC Proficiency Testing Inc. (ACE-PT Inc.) received formal accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043:2010 from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).

The first of the ACIL “anchor programs” envisioned in its 2011 strategic plan, this program meets the strategic objectives to provide key laboratory support services to ACIL members while simultaneously providing a new and potentially significant revenue source to ACIL.

ACE-PT Inc.’s PT Program Technical Manager Harry Hodes notes: “Our EMC PT program uses proven procedures and extremely rigorous statistical methods.  It provides the owners and operators of commercial EMC test laboratories with timely, relevant and economically useful information (i.e., objective evidence) to either directly confirm that their EMC test processes are working well, or identify EMC test processes needing technical improvements.”

ACE-PT Inc. currently offers six ISO/IEC 17043:2005-accredited EMC PT schemes that meet the needs of commercial EMC test laboratories, including:

ANSI C63.4-2003 (150 kHz-1 GHz)
(AC Line Conducted Emissions, Direct Antenna Conducted Emissions, and Radiated Emissions)

ANSI C63.4-2003 (1 GHz-18 GHz)
(Direct Antenna Conducted Emissions, and Radiated Emissions)

ANSI C63.4-2009 (150 kHz-1 GHz)
(AC Line Conducted Emissions, Direct Antenna Conducted Emissions, and Radiated Emissions)

ANSI C63.4-2009 (1 GHz-18 GHz)
(Direct Antenna Conducted Emissions, and Radiated Emissions)

CISPR 22:2008/EN 55022:2010 (150 kHz-1 GHz)
(AC Line Conducted Emissions, and Radiated Emissions)

CISPR 22:2008/EN 55022:2010 (1 GHz-6 GHz)
(Radiated Emissions)

In 2013, ACE-PT Inc. plans to introduce two new ISO/IEC 17043:2010-accredited EMC schemes.  Specifically, these are an ANSI C63.10-2009 Pulsed Duty Cycle Measurement and Correction Factor Scheme to meet the needs of EMC laboratories performing wireless testing, and a MIL-STD-461F CE102 and RE102 (10 kHz to 10 MHz) Scheme to meet the needs of EMC laboratories performing military EMC testing.

According to ACIL CEO Milton Bush, “PT schemes for the EMC sector are only the first of those envisioned by ACIL.  ACIL is currently investigating the possibility of offering PT programs for counterfeit aerospace parts; vibration, temperature and humidity; and fire-ratings of insulating materials.  Now that our baseline PT program is in place, it’s time to add more ornaments to the Christmas tree."

Click here for additional information on the ACE-PT Inc. EMC Proficiency Testing Program.

Representing ACIL at Outside Organizations

Since representing ACIL at outside organizations has become such a popular aspect of membership and important member benefit, the Board developed the following policies, including a one-term limit, to preserve all member interests while meeting needs for fairness and due process and promoting full participation. 

To start, ACIL announces the availability of appointments to all members.  Each member then submits a statement of qualification to the affected section, Government Relations Committee (if the appointment involves a government or trade association position) and the Board.  If more than one member expresses interest, the section conducts an election.  Uncontested appointments are approved by the affected section’s Executive Committee, Government Relations Executive Committee and the Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Prior to appointment, each appointee signs an attestation to represent the ACIL versus company-specific interests and agrees to provide a written report to the ACIL CEO within 30 days of a meeting or conference call.  To view the actual policy document, click here. For more information, contact ACIL CEO Milton Bush.

 

A true ACIL partner, Agilent not only provides significant financial support to ACIL, but hosted ACIL’s July Board Meeting at its corporate headquarters in Wilmington, DE.

Committees and Sections

If you’d like to get involved in any of the sections, members may use the call-in information in the section report below to join the sections’ monthly teleconferences, which are also listed on the ACIL Web Site.  All sections also meet on October 6th at the ACIL 75th Annual Meeting in New York City.  Find complete meeting minutes on the ACIL Website in the Members Only Section.

Construction Materials & Engineering Testing (CMET) Section

In the CMET Section, work continues on a national personnel certification program using the NETTCP certification program documentation as a guide, and pursuing several action items from the Policies & Practices meeting last March.

NACLA granted recognition to Construction Materials Engineering Council (CMEC) of Orlando, FL for 4 years beginning May 31, 2012.  CMEC becomes the second US accrediting body to receive NACLA CMET recognition, along with the Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B).  The announcement of CMEC’s recognition has been sent to all AASHTO members and circulated within FHWA.  A joint ACIL/NACLA letter regarding CMET recognition was mailed to all the state DOT’s in late June with inquiries already received from three states (Louisiana, Arkansas and Rhode Island).  In addition, NACLA met with the Government Accounting Office in July to educate them on CMET recognition.

The ACIL/NACLA 1825 working group has produced the first draft of the revised document, currently circulating for ACIL member comments. The CMET Section meets by teleconference on the second Thursday of the month.  The next teleconferences are on Thursday, September 13 and Thursday, November 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code:  224 5248#.

Conformity Assessment Section (CAS)

The CAS continues to collect input and comment regarding unfair competition by the government in the laboratory industry and plans to release the results of the survey soon.  The latest edition of the EMC Standards Alert was published in August and is available to members on the ACIL Web Site.

Smart Grid (SG) Task Force: A voting member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) and the SG Testing and Certification Committee, ACIL continues to use its influence to benefit independent laboratories and the American public.  The SGIP has accepted the Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) and the specification for Interoperability Testing & Certification Authorities (ITCAs). In the key area of end-to-end interoperability, ACIL continues to push to ensure that the ITCAs, a high level group establishing the testing and certification program, do not specify only one test laboratory to support their certification program.  ACIL is working on a draft application to become an ITCA operated by ILI.  ACIL and Washington Laboratories are cosponsoring a Smart Grid Workshop on September 11 & 12, 2012.  Click here for more information or view additional details in the right column of this newsletter.  The task force holds monthly webinars the day before the CAS meeting.  The next webinars are on September 25th and October 23rd.

ACE-PT EMC Program: The ACIL PT EMC Program (ACE-PT) was audited to ISO/IEC 17043 at the end of May and received A2LA accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043 for six schemes on July 2, 2012.  For more details refer to the lead article in this newsletter.  The 2011-2012 reports are now available for those laboratories that participated.  Round robins have begun again; click here to find registration and further information about the ACE-PT program on the ACIL Web Site or contact ACIL Executive Section Officer & ACE-PT Coordinator Tony Anderson.

The CAS held its last face-to-face meeting at the IEEE EMC Symposium in Pittsburgh in early August. It also holds teleconference meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meetings are September 26 and October 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET.  To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5227#.

Food Sciences Section (FSS)

Membership remains focused on how the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act affects clients.  However, the proposed rules have been under review at OMB for over 8 months without anything published, despite numerous statements of their impending release.  The most likely scenario is that the rules will be published after the presidential election in November.  As of August 1st, the FDA has not generated any invoices for inspections or related services.  FDA published a fee schedule, but ACIL, along with the Small Business Administration, filed a petition for the revocation of the fees.

Several ACIL member laboratory representatives along with a laboratory equipment vendor met with FDA at the FDA/CFSAN offices in College Park, MD.  The meeting centered around the independent laboratories’ participation in an FDA/AOAC collaborative study on pesticide residues in imported foods. Other meetings with the FDA on a variety of issues are still pending.

The FSS continues to work alongside ACIL’s Government Relations Committee to address the issue of unfair competition by federal and state laboratories. ACIL has made a strong statement about how all levels of government have continued to compete with the private sector for many years.

The FSS meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. ET. The next FSS teleconferences are September 19 and November 21, 2012.  To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code:  224 5248#.

Environmental Sciences Section (ESS)

The Non Governmental Accreditation Initiative continues to dominate ESS activities. In New Jersey, discussions have progressed to an advanced level and the NJDEP has agreed to meet with representatives from ACIL to discuss budget specifics. 

Regarding the NELAP issues in California, the ESS has prepared a survey on the performance of the program and sent it to all California laboratories to solicit input. 

ACIL has retained a local Florida law firm to represent ACIL in Florida regarding that state’s ongoing privatization initiative. The firm has held meetings with the officials within the DOH and others who are responsible for DOH budget and planning.

The ESS has prepared a draft FAR package to request a regulatory change to the drinking water regulations from the EPA Office of Water. This is currently out for comment within the section.

The ESS monthly teleconference meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 11:00 a.m. ET. The next two teleconferences will be on September 20 and November 15.  To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5368#..

Here We Grow Again!

Welcome to these new members.  To learn more, click on the company name to visit their website or on the contact name to send an e-mail.

Conformity Assessment, Environmental/Food Sciences Corporate Member:  NSF International, Craig Morr; Ann Arbor, MI 48105

NSF International was founded from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health as the National Sanitation Foundation to standardize sanitation and food safety requirements 66 years ago. The transparent, consensus-based process established to develop NSF International's first standards regarding the sanitation of soda fountain and luncheonette equipment became the process used by NSF International to develop other public health and safety standards. To date, NSF has developed over 75 public health and safety standards in the US. NSF continues to provide services in the areas of food, water, environment and consumer products.

An accredited, third-party certification body, NSF International tests and certifies products to verify that they meet these public health and safety standards. Products that meet these standards bear the NSF Mark, which is respected by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal and international level.

Associate Member: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Michael Pettigrew; Bannockburn, IL 60015

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. strives to enable its customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.  With approximately 39,000 employees, they serve customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as in environmental and process control industries.  Thermo Fisher creates value for key stakeholders through three premier brands, Thermo Scientific, Fisher Scientific and Unity™ Lab Services, which offer a unique combination of innovative technologies, convenient purchasing options and a single solution for laboratory operations management.  Our products and services help customers solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity.

Conformity Assessment Associate Member: Proficiency Testing Services Company, Harry Hodes; Bellingham, WA 98229

 

 

In This Issue

75th Annual Meeting Registration Doubles

As we go to press, annual meeting registration pace is twice that of last year at this same time with 61 registrants representing 39 ACIL members and retired members already poised to enjoy a fabulous 4 days of networking, education and celebration in New York City from October 6-9.

Staff worked diligently to ensure attendees secured hotel accommodations in a tight New York hotel market with many notifications of the impending release of the ACIL Room Block on September 5th, and the urgency to reserve a room.  Hopefully everyone was successful in this endeavor and will be able to join us for a memorable ACIL 75th anniversary.  For more details on the meeting, click here.

ACIL Business Practices Education

The August 14th teleconference with Jamie Hasty, vice president at SESCO, discussing proper termination procedures met with rave reviews.  Jamie challenged two common termination myths, noting that documenting at-will terminations provides value and employees terminated during their orientation/probationary period still have rights.  Check your email for information on ACIL’s next virtual business practices education session on information technology, slated for December.

New ACIL Web Site

If you have not had a chance to visit www.acil.org since June 24th when we launched our new web site, check out the vast improvements, from facilitating access to information to providing a striking visual display that brings our web site into the 21st century.   As directed in the 2011 strategic plan, the ACIL Web Site serves as a portal for information important to independent testing laboratories and includes a variety of videos detailing the value of independent testing, ACIL membership and the new PT program.  As with all web sites, this one is also a work in progress, so if you have comments, send them to ACIL Chief Communications Officer Adrienne Bush.

In Memoriam
Jim Klouda Passes

The independent testing community and ACIL lost a great man and pioneer in the electromagnetic compatibility testing area when Jim Klouda, founder of Elite Electronic Engineering in Downers Grove, IL, passed away on July 10th.  In 1954, Jim recognized the need for testing electronics and receivers for radio frequency interference and created one of the first independent electromagnetic compatibility testing laboratories in the world.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all those who will miss him, in particular, his son Ray Klouda, the current president of Elite and an active ACIL member.

Eurofins Acquires MWH

In July, Eurofins acquired California-based MWH Laboratories (MWH Labs), the largest, full-service, single-site water testing laboratory in the US as part of an asset purchase agreement with MWH Global, a leading consulting, technical engineering and construction services firm.  In conjunction with the asset purchase, Eurofins and MWH will work together to provide laboratory testing services to MWH international clients. 

With more than 500 clients, $15 million in revenues and over 100 employees, MWH Labs significantly enhances Eurofins water testing footprint and capabilities to analyze disinfection byproducts, microbiology, organics, inorganics, asbestos and radioactivity for local, state and federal municipal agencies; private water utilities; engineering firms and Fortune 500 companies.  On August 1, 2012, 40-year-old MWH Labs became Eurofins Eaton Analytical.

ACIL Smart Grid Workshop

Tuesday & Wednesday, September 11-12
Washington Laboratories Ltd.
7560 Lindbergh Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
$125

This 2-day workshop covers the latest developments in Smart Grid interoperability and its impact on technology developments.  Supported by multiple industries from utilities to communications to equipment suppliers, this will drive the modernization of the electrical power grid.  For more information or to register, click here.

NACLA/L-A-B Training

Conformity Assessment Primer – Recognition in the US
Thursday, October 11
One-Hour Webinar:  4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
$95 for ACIL Members

This webinar breaks down the US conformity assessment system into its basics, using plain English for administrators, regulators, specifiers, legislators and others interested in understanding the complexities of the US recognition system.  For more information or to register, click here.

ISO/IEC 17025 Internal Auditor Training for Lead and Team Auditors
Monday & Tuesday, October 22-23
Courtyard by Marriott
Fort Wayne, IN
8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.
$795, $745 Early Bird

This course covers auditing all elements of ISO/IEC 17025, identifying assessor techniques used to determine technical competence, understanding accreditation body requirements and improving the laboratory with the standard.  For more information or to register, click here

ISO/IEC 17025 Internal Lead Auditor Course
Tuesday & Wednesday, November 27-28
Holiday Inn Harbourside
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
ACIL Members: $715, $670 Early Bird (Non-Members: $795/$745)

For the staff of accredited laboratories involved in quality or the internal audit, this course provides information on the state of the laboratory’s quality management system (QMS) to support the laboratory’s work and facilitate the production of technically valid results.  For more information or to register, click here.

Thank You Sponsors!

Once again, a sincere thanks to the industry sponsors below, who provide particularly generous support to enable us to offer exceptional ACIL programs.

ACIL National Champion

 

ACIL Partners

 

ACIL Newsletter Staff

Editor
Adrienne Bush

Contributor
Milton Bush

Production
Beth Horan