Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP)

(ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation)

The Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program (EMLAP) is specifically for labs identifying microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples during indoor air quality studies.

Please review Policy Module 3 for more information before applying for AIHA-LAP Accreditation Programs.

Why participate in EMLAP?

When a laboratory is accredited by AIHA, the laboratory and its clients have the assurance that the laboratory has met defined standards for performance based on examination of a variety of criteria. When a laboratory is accredited by AIHA, it becomes part of an elite group of laboratories achieving and maintaining a high level of professional performance.

Who should participate in the program?

The program is specifically designed for microbiology laboratories specializing in analysis for microorganisms commonly detected in air, fluids, and bulk samples collected from schools, offices, hospitals, industrial, agricultural and other work environments. Since results of these analyses are used to determine the magnitude or presence of a problem in the workplace environment, it is vital that the laboratory analyzing the samples be proficient in producing high quality data on which important health decisions will be based. Accreditation from AIHA is a mark of that capability. Participation in an AIHA-LAP, LLC approved Proficiency Testing program is required.

What are the criteria for accreditation?

The main program requirement areas are:

1) Personnel Qualifications

Please see the AIHA-LAP, LLC Policies, Module 2A, section 2A.52 and Module 2D, section 2D.4

2) Participation in an AIHA-LAP, LLC approved Proficiency Testing program

Before a laboratory enters EMLAP, it is required to participate in an AIHA-LAP, LLC Proficiency Testing program. Laboratories must achieve and maintain a proficient rating in EMPAT.

3) Facilities

A laboratory must have adequate space, facilities, and equipment for the services provided.

4) Quality Assurance

Routine quality control procedures must be an integral part of a laboratory's procedures and functions. A quality assurance plan (a working document itemizing the day to day implementation of the laboratory's quality assurance and quality control procedures) will be evaluated.

5) Laboratory Records

The laboratory must maintain proper and adequate records and files. A sample numbering and tracking system, analytical data, analytical results, report format, records of analytical data, and reporting of the quality control data will be evaluated.

6) Methods of Analysis

There must be a record that methods are annually reviewed and changes are made as necessary.

7) SOPs

The laboratory shall have written SOPs for the collection, transport, processing, analysis and retention of samples, and disposal of environmental microbial samples as well as SOPs for housekeeping and related practices. Methods are to be reviewed annually by the Technical Manager.

8) Site Assessors

Site assessments of laboratories are conducted by trained, experienced assessors contracted by  AIHA-LAP, LLC . These assessments will generally take place once every two years, unless additional site assessments are deemed necessary by the AAB .

For more information on the EMLAP Program, contact AIHA-LAP, LLC at (703) 846-0736.

Updated: 06/19/2013