Food Sciences Section Value Proposition
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ACIL Membership Core Values
Advocacy – Growing the Market for Laboratory Services
Education & Information Exchange – Best Laboratory Practices
Networking – Creating Business Relationships for Growth
Laboratory Support Services – Providing Fee-for-Service Value  
Ongoing Advocacy
  • In-depth relationship with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including providing continuing assistance to implement various provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Access to high level FDA personnel, including Acting Director of Field Services (DFS) Brian Baker to discuss ongoing FSMA issues as well as the acceptance of abbreviated data packages
  • Establishment of an informal working group with FDA to resolve day-to-day laboratory issues arising at ports of entry
  • FDA recognition of the significant percentage of food testing completed by independent testing laboratories, including under FDA detention
  • ACIL proposal to the FDA to allow independent testing laboratories opportunities to assist the FDA in random compliance testing of food imports and increase FDA inspection percentage from under 1%, to possibly over 5%

“As an independent testing laboratory owner for 30 years and an ACIL member for almost as long, I clearly recognize that ACIL is the only national trade association that consistently and effectively represents the interests of the independent laboratory community at all levels of government. ACIL has been and continues to be the industry voice in such important areas as unfair competition, international acceptance of US generated test data and accreditation.” Walter Poggi, President, Retlif Testing Laboratories           

Education & Information Exchange

Policies and Practices (P2) Conference

Specific issues addressed include:

  • FDA's ever expanding requests for routine laboratory quality control information and enforcement differences among FDA districts
  • FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act implementation update
  • Tutorial on the inner workings of the FDA
  • Input for pesticide residue inter-laboratory study
  • Clarification of pesticide residue in foods rule

Annual Meeting

CEO-level leadership and other business education including:

  • Transition planning
  • Fueling laboratory growth
  • Economic trends and forecasting 

Monthly Webinar Series

Education and training in business practices open to all member company employees, which includes timely topics such as human resources, financial management and technology solutions for laboratories

ACIL Newsletter

A synopsis of timely and critical information for the independent laboratory industry, highlighting ACIL’s effort to protect and grow the market 

“Information obtained at the most recent P2 Conference spearheaded a re-evaluation of our health insurance program, and we found ways to save the company tens of thousands of dollars in annual health insurance costs without significant impact to our employees.”  Stephen Vincent, Former President & CEO, Columbia Analytical Services 

Networking

ACIL provides several opportunities each year to network with peers, agency stakeholders, customers and industry experts resulting in long-term business relationships that provide direct benefits to member companies.  Some of these opportunities include:

  • Annual Meeting – Traditionally in October
  • P2 Conference – Traditionally in March
  • Section Meetings – Professionally facilitated monthly conference calls and meetings with peers from environmental laboratories 

“There is no easier way to access leaders of the independent testing laboratory community than participating in ACIL. As president of a construction materials engineering and testing company, as well as current Chairman of ACIL, I appreciate every opportunity to meet with other testing laboratory owners, as well as manufacturers and suppliers. We are all part of the same industry and together we can create new technologies, new opportunities and increase profitability.” Steven Bowser; President, Bowser-Morner, Inc & ACIL Chairman

“ACIL has been an integral part of Microbac Laboratories for many years. I can safely say that at least $29 million of Microbac revenues are as a direct result of relationships formed right here at the ACIL.” J. Trevor Boyce, Chairman, Microbac Laboratories 

Laboratory Support Services (Fee-for-Service Value)
  • Professional liability & general liability insurance program
  • Complimentary human resources consulting
  • Laboratory referral service, generating leads for new business
  • Seal of Excellence, providing a framework to improve customer service
  • Independence Mark, the only program certifying independent laboratories to a set of ACIL-established independence criteria  

“I was able to double my insurance coverage with the same deductible for only about an 18% increase over another quote I had. I was extremely pleased with this year's rate, which was 40% less than last year for the same coverage! Numbers like that go to the bottom line. Don Sweeney, President, DLS Electronic Systems, Inc