Board Positions ACIL for Growth
ACIL’s continued transformation into a vibrant, growing, value-driven organization took a dramatic leap forward at its July Board of Directors meeting where the Board spent almost the entire day in Nashville evaluating growth ideas generated during the past year and prioritizing them based on strategic fit, economic impact and feasibility.
Led by ACIL Chair Elect Derek Coppinger (NTS), the Board evaluated methodologies such as using existing resources and assets (organic); adding new services, capabilities and markets (innovation); and developing relationships with other laboratory-related associations to drive revenue, reduce cost or increase membership (partnerships and affiliations), and weighting these based on a series of selection criteria.
The outcome of this effort, the Board identified the ACIL Independence Mark, personnel certification programs and the Independent Laboratories Institute (ILI) as targeted areas for innovation, and over 30 organizations with which to forge alliances or partnerships. To enhance organic growth, the focus remains on membership development and retention as well as meeting sponsorships.
To meet member needs to establish testing independence, ACIL developed the ACIL Independence Mark, a Federally-registered certification mark for use on test reports to denote independence based on conformance to a desk audit of ACIL independence criteria. After paying small licensing fee to ACIL, members may use the mark with additional revenue paid to ACIL based on extent of use. ACIL launches a pilot program with the Board of Directors later this summer, planning an official kick off of the program at the ACIL Annual Meeting, so stay tuned for more details.
Our CMET Section leads ACIL’s activities in personnel certification with a pilot training and certification program in Ohio slated for later this year. The Board identified the ESS as the most likely candidate for future personnel certification expansion based on need.
The Board directed ILI to initially focus on serving as the idea and program content provider to the ACIL Annual Meeting and P2 Conference, and continuing to sponsor method development-type programs with Federal agencies such as the one underway with EPA.
As a key member benefit, advocacy received special attention from the Board, which assigned Cabot Earle (Microbac) and ACIL CEO Milt Bush to lead development of a growth strategy based on advocacy.
For more information on these exciting changes at ACIL, contact Milt Bush or any of the ACIL Board members. Of course, the best way to learn more about ACIL’s new ventures is to come to the annual meeting in Scottsdale. See you there!
Spectacular Annual Meeting Awaits
Join us October 6 - 9 at the beautiful desert resort, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort, in Scottsdale, AZ for 3 days of outstanding education and networking activities assembled exclusively for leaders and future leaders of the laboratory industry. Tap into the ACIL brain trust, getting advice on current business issues from other leaders, and learning about discipline-based news and events at Sunday’s section meetings and optional one-on-one meetings with experts in each field. (See contact information at right to schedule.)
Specific education sessions include Cleveland Research Partner Steve Willoughby on recent end market demand trends in the laboratory industry, NTS Chief Operating Officer Derek Coppinger on developing a high performance organization, UL Senior Vice President Scot Webster on creating a lean lab and a variety of laboratory business experts at the Wednesday morning roundtable discussing what you need to know to grow your business. If you missed the email announcements providing more details on many of this meeting’s other educational opportunities, click here for direct access.
Following the successful New York format from last year, the entire group will visit historic Cosanti on Monday afternoon to tour this unique bell foundry, where they create and display hundreds of bronze and ceramic wind bells that entertain guests with a cacophony of sound at the slightest breeze. To celebrate our visit to the Southwest, our evening annual banquet sports a Mexican theme at local landmark El Chorro. If you missed the email announcement providing more details on the meeting’s networking events, click here for direct access.
For more general information on the annual meeting, including preliminary schedule, registration information and sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, click here. As you will see, this meeting provides an excellent opportunity to better your laboratory, so we hope to see you there!
ACIL Tackles FCC NPRM
After a 4-month review of the FCC’s 55-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), ACIL’s Government Relations Committee and Conformity Assessment Section submitted its response in June, supporting most proposed changes, except when they added costs to laboratory operations without a defined, commensurate benefit.
ACIL supported proposals to allow Telecommunications Certification Bodies (TCBs) to certify all wireless communications devices, and require accreditation of test laboratories who perform certification and declaration of conformity (DoC) testing.
ACIL tweaked other areas of the NPRM, including requesting a procedural change to reduce the burden on TCBs for marketplace surveillance, developing a uniform set of criteria to assess TCB personnel competence as part of TCB accreditation, making participation in proficiency testing programs a recommended practice to produce more consistent results among laboratories, and bestowing FCC recognition on any recognition body operating a program that meets ISO/IEC 17011 requirements.
ACIL opposed two FCC proposals: one to allow test laboratories located in countries without a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the US to conduct certifications under the FCC rules if they use an FCC-recognized accreditation body, and the other to move to the ANSI C63.4-2009 standard, noting that compliance costs per site would range from $80,000 to $300,000 based on an ACIL survey without any FCC-provided analysis showing improvement in data accuracy. In addition, the ACIL survey showed that not all accreditation bodies understand the requirements of the standard and that training may be inadequate at this point in time.
To view the complete ACIL response to this FCC NPRM, click here. For additional information contact Milt Bush.
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 Website. Find complete meeting minutes on the ACIL Website in the Members Only Section.
All sections meet on Sunday, October 6 at the upcoming ACIL Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ, where they will continue discussion of topics below, plan for the upcoming P2 Conference in 2014 and present Preston Millar Awards to outstanding section members. Section members nominate award recipients during section teleconferences preceding the annual meeting.
We have informed all sections about the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Controller Alert, which allows involvement of federal employees at professional conferences and meetings if those meetings are in line with the goals of the agencies or departments.
Conformity Assessment Section (CAS)
Don Heirman and Richard Bright are drafting a section value proposition for distribution to the CAS for comments when completed. The section discussed the value of future IEEE attendance with regard to attracting new interest and membership. ACIL was well represented at the Spring ANSI C63 meeting next scheduled for October 2013. An organization from India is now participating in the ACIL PT program. Additional ACIL participation will further expand the PT program’s effectiveness and influence. The CAS meets face-to-face on August 8 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm MT at the Denver IEEE conference with a simultaneous conference call for those not able to attend in Denver.
SmartGrid. The May 21, 2013 SmartGrid (SG) webinar unveiled the new web site for SGIP 2.0 as the program transitions away from NIST with Dave Wollman as the new interim director. To view the NIST powerpoint on SGIP activities from the June 18, 2013 SG meeting, contact Bob Uttenwiler. ACIL Consultant Don Heirman continues to try to register ACIL technical volunteers, so that they may access the SGIP 2.0 system, but as of now, only Don, Richard Bright and Milt Bush have access to the system, including listserves, meeting announcements and draft documents. Send replies to the recently circulated Smart Grid Activity Survey to Don for compilation and dissemination to the EMII Working Group. Don is investigating the addition of 5 ACIL voting members to the SGTF. Only one ITCA has completed recognition process, but be prepared to provide quotes when ITCAs identify standards for testing within the laboratory’s scope. The next SG call is scheduled for August 27, 2013.
The CAS holds teleconference meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month. The next meetings are August 28 and September 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET. To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5227#.
Construction Materials & Engineering Testing (CMET) Section
The section discussed topics for the upcoming annual meeting, and asked ACIL CEO Milt Bush to arrange a panel of ABs discussing the top 10 nonconformities. (Note: Milt reports that the four ACIL member ABs (L-A-B, A2LA, ACLASS and PJLA) are developing a joint document of nonconformities to present at the annual meeting.) For the 2014 P2 Conference, the US Army Corp of Engineers lack of NACLA recognition is a potential topic.
Bowser-Morner sent a candidate to a recent NETTCP training program. He was impressed with the quality of the training program, providing the impetus for considering a MoU between ACIL and NETTCP, which is currently under development. Once finalized, this mutually beneficial MoU takes the NETTCP soils certification program currently in place in the New England states and New York, and allows ACIL to make the certification program available nationwide.
The CMET Section meets by teleconference on the second Thursday of the month. The next teleconferences are on Thursday, August 8 and Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5248#.
Environmental Sciences Section (ESS)
The Non-Governmental Accreditation Initiative Working Group continues to work on behalf of ESS members in Florida, New Jersey, California and other states. ACIL maintains a regular, working relationship with lobbyists in those states to further efforts on behalf of ACIL members. Feedback from working group members on the spreadsheets provided by New Jersey to help them build their privatization budget is expected before October. Milt Bush and Cabot Earle (Microbac) plan to travel to California in September to interview lobbyists in order to understand the climate for political change of the accreditation program in the state legislature.
Florida has named six assessment organizations for environmental laboratories to use under the state’s laboratory accreditation program for the next three years. Another procurement dealing with accreditation bodies is underway. Milt Bush will investigate the particulars and report back to the section.
The ELAB group reports continued active programs. Dave Speis (QC Laboratories) reported that the ELAB Standing Work Group has been dissolved. The new structure involves specific task forces that sunset when the specific mission is complete.
David Friedman will represent ACIL at the August NEMC Conference. 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 August 15 and September 19, 2013. To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5368#.
Food Sciences Section (FSS)
Work continues with the Food and Drug Administration on implementation of various provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FSS consultant Mike Olson plans to arrange a meeting with new Acting Director of Field Services (DFS) Brian Baker to discuss ongoing FSMA issues as well as other section petitions to the FDA relating to acceptance of abbreviated data packages. The section continues to establish an informal working group with FDA to resolve day-to-day lab issues arising at ports of entry. Finally, the section leadership is searching for a replacement for FSS lobbyist John Bode.
The FSS meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. ET. The next FSS teleconferences are August 21 and September 18, 2013. To call in, dial 1-800-377-8846 and use meeting access code: 224 5248#.
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.
Curtis-Straus (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bureau Veritas CPS), Michael Buchholz Littleton, MA 01460
Curtis-Straus offers regulatory compliance testing for the electrical and electronics industry including: EMC/EMI, Product Safety, NEBS, Wireless & Mobile, NRTL Certification, Telecommunication Certification, Marine, Environmental Simulation, ENERGY STAR(R) Certification, International Approval.
Clark Testing, Paul Heffernan, Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
For 20 years, Clark Testing has provided our clients with independent and reliable test reports. Our services include product verification in shock, vibration, EMC, seismic, aging, life cycle, and structural/fatigue/load. In our laboratory we offer analytical chemistry, industrial hygiene, coal and coke, fuels and lubrication, nace and oil analysis.
Environmental and Food Sciences: Brooks Rand Labs, Michelle Briscoe; Seattle, WA 98107
Brooks Rand Labs specializes in superior quality trace metals analytical services, and focuses on metals speciation, trace level detection limits, and the analysis of complex matrices for environmental and food testing applications.
Food Sciences: New Jersey Feed Laboratory, Inc. (NJFL), Pete Cartwright; Ewing, NJ 08635
NJFL, Inc. offers chemical analytical testing on feeds, pet foods, ingredients, premixes and byproducts for routine quality control. NJFL performs nutritional analyses for clients in the poultry feed, pet food, aquaculture and rendering industries with rapid turnaround and superior customer service. Specialties include proximate, minerals/vitamins, fatty acid and amino acid profiles.
Phenova – A Phenomenex Company, Shawn Kassner; Golden, CO 80403
A Phenomenex Company, Phenova leads the industry in proficiency testing standards and certified reference materials. Accredited to ISO 17043, 17025, TNI Volume 3, and Guide 34 by A2LA, Phenova primarily services the environmental industry providing proficiency testing standards for waste water, drinking water, air and emissions, biosolids, and soil matrixes for chemical and microbiological analytes. The Phenova web site offers many different tools and features to the quality focused laboratory to track, improve and monitor the quality. Phenova provides proficiency testing and certified reference materials both domestically and internationally.
Environmental Express, Inc., Nancie Copeland; Charleston, SC 29492
Environmental Express develops, manufactures and distributes environmental laboratory equipment and consumable supplies for commercial, governmental, industrial and academic laboratories worldwide. The company provides an entire range of laboratory products used in applications such as water/wastewater analysis, oil and grease analysis, metals analysis and hazardous waste analysis, providing innovative products, superior technical support and knowledgeable customer services.
The company's products are specified in over 30 EPA standards methods and range from equipment including the award-winning AutoBolck(TM) for Metals Digestions and SimpleDist(TM) for Ammonia and Cyanide Distillations to single-use resin-coated bottles for Biochemical Oxygen Demand and pre-weighed ProWeigh(TM) filter for Suspended Solids.
In This Issue
2013 ACIL Annual Meeting
October 6 – 9, 2013
The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Join us for 3 days of spectacular networking and educational opportunities (see article at left). Click here for additional information.
Maximizing New Business Leads
An important member benefit, the ACIL web site provides prospective laboratory customers with a search feature to find laboratories by discipline that are geographically suitable. ACIL headquarters receives up to 10 inquiries per month in addition to those directly finding information to purchase laboratory services in a given geographical location.
ACIL is currently adding locations from member laboratories to populate the database with more complete information. Thank you to those who have responded to our request for all of your laboratory locations. If you would like to send additional locations to include in the database, send them to Beth Horan.
Access Experts at Annual Meeting
New this year, both David Friedman (ESS Consultant) and Mike Olson (FSS Consultant) are available for one-on-one meetings at the ACIL Annual Meeting in Scottsdale. If you would like to utilize the extensive knowledge gained during their EPA and FDA careers respectively to better your laboratory, contact them directly to arrange a mutually convenient meeting.
ACIL Communications Committee
Thanks to National Technical Systems (NTS), Brooks Rand and L-A-B for supporting ACIL’s initial efforts to establish a Communications Committee, providing in-house communications personnel to serve as the committee’s first members. If you have employees working in communications and would like to add them to the committee roster, contact Adrienne Bush. We appreciate any help to make this a robust committee to develop a quality outreach program for ACIL.
ACIL Exhibits at IEEE
Check out the ACIL table top exhibit at Booth 134 from August 6 – 8 in the exhibit hall for the fourth year at the IEEE EMC Symposium with expected attendance of well over 1,000. Harry Hodes and Don Heirman plan to staff the booth to discuss ACIL activities and membership benefits with prospective members and tout the new ACIL web site during the session break times. If you know of any attendees interested in learning more about ACIL membership, send them to the ACIL booth.
As usual the Conformity Assessment Section (CAS) meets at the symposium, this year on August 8 at 2:00pm MT in Room 402 at the Denver Convention Center. For those not attending the symposium, ACIL has arranged a teleconference bridge. See the CAS report at left for details.
PT Program Report Available
ACE-PT has published the 3rd Continuation Round EMC PT Analysis Report in final form as a PDF document for the 150 kHz to 1 GHz ANSI C63.4-2003 Scheme that uses the York CNE III Test Artifact. The document’s size precludes electronic dissemination to the 28 participating laboratories, so contact Beth Horan to receive your individual lab code to access the report, posted on the ACIL web site.
UL Meets New EU Requirement for Toy Testing
After actively participating in the European working groups on toy safety, UL capabilities now address the EU Toy Directive (2009/48/EC) which becomes effective on July 20, and mandates toy manufacturing to prevent exposure of children to harmful chemical elements. The directive has been updated to include the latest scientific knowledge and includes restrictions on toxic elements, certain allergenic fragrance compounds and use of CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction) chemicals. In particular, it expands the migratable toxic elements requirements from 8 elements to 19, including Organic Tin and Chromium VI.
Bowser-Morner Transitions to Senior Management Ownership
After three generations of family ownership, Bowser-Morner began its transition to senior management ownership in May with the addition of Bowser-Morner Vice Presidents Richard A. “Rick” Allen, P.E., James W. “Jim” Fletcher, and Patrick J. “Pat” Loper, II, P.E., to the ownership team. Rick Allen is Manager of Bowser-Morner’s Toledo Operations. Jim Fletcher is Director of Laboratory Services for Bowser-Morner’s Construction Services Division, and Pat Loper is Manager of Bowser-Morner’s Dayton Engineering Group. Bowser-Morner expects the transition process to take 5 – 7 years.
Eurofins Receives Accreditation for New Environmental Chamber
Eurofins Air Toxics has successfully achieved ISO 17025 accreditation for its new environmental chamber emissions testing facility in Folsom, CA, achieving this accreditation for accurate, consistent testing and calibration.
Len Frier Receives ACES Award
ACIL CEO Milt Bush presented Len Frier (Met Labs) with an award from ACIL subsidiary the American Council on Electrical Safety (ACES) in April, recognizing him for his over two decades of dedicated leadership and service, working with all stakeholders in the electrical safety supply chain to identify and solve safety-related problems through education and advocacy.
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.
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