(ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation)
The Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP), recognized by the EPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP), accredits laboratories performing analysis of lead in environmental samples including paint, soil, dust wipes, composited wipes and air.
The Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program is for laboratories involved with the analysis of lead in environmental samples. The EPA estimates that somewhere between 300 and 3,000 accredited laboratories will be needed to perform analyses related to lead-based paint and matrices contaminated with lead-based paint. ELLAP meets the EPA requirements for recognition of laboratories as capable of analysis of paint film, soil, and/or dust wipes.
Please review Policy Module 3 for more information before applying for AIHA-LAP Accreditation Programs.
What is the ELLAP Program?
The Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELLAP) is an approved lead laboratory accreditation program under the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP).
What Should Laboratories Applying for ELLAP Know?
AIHA-LAP, LLC has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which recognizes AIHA-LAP as an approved laboratory accrediting organization working in cooperation with the EPA National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP). Laboratories which are accredited by AIHA-LAP for the analysis of lead in the matrices of paint chips, dust and soil will be recognized by the NLLAP as being capable of performing adequate analysis for lead in the matrix or matrices for which it has been accredited. In addition, accreditation as part of the AIHA program may include lead in air or composited wipes as additional matrices. To obtain copies of either the NLLAP Laboratory Quality Requirements or the NLLAP approved listing of laboratories, please call the EPA Lead Clearinghouse at (800) 424 - LEAD. If you have not already done so, your laboratory should be enrolled in the appropriate proficiency testing program.
What is the Relation between ELLAP and NLLAP?
AIHA-LAP has been formally recognized as an approved lead laboratory accrediting organization by the EPA NLLAP. A memorandum of understanding with the EPA declares that all laboratories accredited by AIHA-LAP for the analysis of lead in paint chips, dust wipes, and/or soil will be recognized by the NLLAP as capable of performing acceptable lead analyses. To obtain EPA NLLAP recognition, a laboratory must also participate in the AIHA PAT, LLC ELPAT Program.