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AS A KEY COMPONENT OF ACIL'S VALUE PROPOSITION, advocacy focuses on four policy areas central to our members' success: accreditation, unfair competition, international trade and procurement. ACIL begins its advocacy efforts where one or more of these policies intersect with either discipline-specific or broader laboratory issues with potential adverse impact for ACIL members.

For example, government agency procurement of independent laboratory services sometimes allows government laboratories to compete with ACIL member laboratories. This raises the need to advocate for accreditation for all laboratories, and also requires ACIL to point out that government-funded laboratories have an unfair advantage over ACIL member laboratories because government laboratories pay no taxes.

ACIL's Government Relations Committee oversees the association's advocacy efforts with each ACIL section focusing on policy areas that directly impact its members businesses, addressing issues evolving at the federal and state level. Below are some examples by section of the broader issues current in the forefront.


Conformity Assessment Section (CAS) Construction Materials & Engineering & Testing (CMET)

Smart Grid and its testing certification and accreditation requirements remain on of the major areas of focus for the CAS with ACIL now in an influential position on the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee and its Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. more info

CMET's focus on reducing redundancy in accreditation includes further implementing the Federal Highway's Administration requirement that accredited laboratories receive National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) recognition. This will require activity at both the federal and state levels. more info

Environmental Sciences Section (ESS)  Food Sciences Section (FSS)

ESS's Non-Governmental Accreditation Initiative seeks to move the accreditation function to the private sector, assisting the 50 states to address budget cuts affecting laboratory accreditation programs. Currently, efforts are underway in New Jersey, Florida and California. more info

After successfully placing language in Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FSS is now heavily involved in ensuring that regulatory language meets the needs of ACIL members. more info