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Summer 2017 Newsletter

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AIHA-LAP Site Assessors Meet in Falls Church, VA

 

AIHA-LAP Site Assessors had their annual meeting in Falls Church, VA on April 25-26, 2017. The meeting gave the assessors an opportunity to:

  • Review 2016 site assessor performance metrics;
  • Plan for 2017 assessments (including new programs under Unique Scopes);
  • Discuss the upcoming revisions to International Standards ISO/IEC 17011 and ISOC/IEC 17025 and how they will impact site assessment activities;
  • Identify any inconsistencies in policy interpretation to develop guidance as needed;
  • Discuss improvements for the AIHA-LAP Site Assessor Checklist;
  • Review the implementation of AIHA-LAP policies released in February 2017; and,
  • Discuss regulatory developments.

Two Site Assessor candidates participated in the annual meeting having just undergone an ISO 17025/AIHA-LAP Site Assessor Candidate Training Session. René Shonerd, AIHA’s Managing Director, Technology Initiatives, joined the group to give the assessors a preview of the new AIHA-LAP data management system. She explained that once the system is launched this summer, site assessors will be able to enter and review all lab application online. Finally, Mark Ames, AIHA’s Director of Government Relations, stopped by and shared how he is working at the state and federal level to promote the use of the ILAC Mutual Recognition Arrangement (ILAC MRA) and ISO/IEC 17025 for testing needs.

Revision of ISO/IEC 17025: What to Expect

As reported in the last LAP Newsletter, the standard that accredited laboratories currently follow – ISO/IEC 17025:2005 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories – is currently being revised. The work is being undertaken by an ISO technical committee (ISO/CASCO) which is responsible for all conformity assessment standards.

Since the language in the new standard is still being considered and revisions to the current drafts are still being made, no one can say with absolute certainly what changes will appear in the final version of the Standard when it is published. However, accredited laboratories can anticipate the revised standard to totally be restructured per the format mandated by ISO/CASCO. The other significant change which is also mandated by ISO/CASCO will be the inclusion of language allowing for two options to fulfill the management system requirements – so-called Option A and Option B.

Option A, which is essentially how laboratories are assessed under the current Standard, will require the laboratory to address the requirements of:

  • Management system documentation;
  • Control of management system documents;
  • Control of records;
  • Actions to address risks and opportunities;
  • Improvement;
  • Corrective action;
  • Internal audits; and
  • Management reviews.

Option B, on the other hand, will allow a laboratory that has established and maintains a management system in accordance with ISO 9001 to be recognized as having fulfilled the intent of the management system requirements as outlined in Option A. As such, a laboratory being assessed using Option A would not have to be assessed for the management system requirements.

The revised Standard is expected to be published in September 2017 with a three year implementation period. AIHA-LAP has already started to look at the policies requiring revision, as well as webinars and other instructional tools that will need to be made available to laboratories soon after the Standard is released.

For more information on anticipated changes to the ISO/IEC 17025, please contact Cheryl Morton at 703 846-0789.

AIHA LAP Volunteers Sought

AIHA-LAP is seeking qualified volunteers to fill positions on the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) and the Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) to serve terms that begin on March 1, 2018. All applications must be submitted by July 30, 2017. For additional information, please e-mail AIHA-LAP Managing Director, Cheryl O. Morton or call (703) 846-0789.

Online PCR Session Held

On April 7, Mike Saleh (Sporometrics) conducted an online session for AIHA-LAP volunteers and site assessors who are working in the Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program. The purpose of the session was to provide information on the latest technologies used by labs performing analysis by PCR, qPCR or ELISA. In February, AIHA-LAP launched a new PCR Field of Testing (FoT) for labs seeking accreditation for these molecular techniques in EMLAP, and Sporometrics was among the first labs to be approved for the new FoT. Mr. Saleh will be interviewed for the lab edition of the August 2017 Synergist, discussing this new cutting-edge technology. For more information or assistance on completing a PCR FoT application, please contact the AIHA-LAP staff.

Cannabis Testing

The cannabis industry (for both medical and recreational uses) is expected to triple in size, from approximately $7 billion to over $20 billion over the next three years, and the demand for proper laboratory testing of cannabis will continue to grow. AIHA-LAP is supporting and encouraging state and federal policymakers to include in any cannabis proposals specific requirements that laboratory testing be conducted in accordance with the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibrations activities, specifically per ISO/IEC 17025. Further, AIHA-LAP’s position is that any cannabis testing should always be done by a testing laboratory that is accredited by a signatory to the ILAC MRA.

AIHA-LAP can accredit cannabis testing laboratories under its Unique Scopes Program. For more information and assistance in completing an application for this testing, please contact the AIHA-LAP staff.

OSHA to Delay Enforcement of Silica Rule

OSHA announced April 6 that there will be a delay in the enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin June 23, 2017, enforcement will now begin Sept. 23, 2017. In anticipation of the testing needs that will arise once the rule is enforced, please contact the AIHA-LAP staff for a list of accredited laboratories that have silica analysis in their testing scopes.

Updated Accreditation Symbols Available

Newly-updated accreditation symbols are now available to AIHA-LAP accredited labs. Accredited laboratories that opt to use accreditation symbols to advertise their AIHA-LAP accreditation have until February 2018 to incorporate the new symbols into their applicable laboratory documents. Contact Lauren Schnack about executing a new Licensing Agreement.

Updated Course

AIHA’s 40-hour e-Learning Course: Developing and Maintaining a Laboratory Quality Management System was recently updated. This self-study is designed to guide the student through a series of lessons on laboratory quality management system and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures. Please visit this link for more information.

LAP Web Site

Please note the following changes to the AIHA-LAP website at www.aihaaccreditedlabs.org

  • The LAP Newsfeed has been replaced with a Twitter feed.
  • A promotional video posted to the landing page.

LAP Online Database Launch Coming Soon

AIHA LAP’s new Online Database is coming soon to a computer near you! Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions in the coming months as we prepare to make your online user experience faster and easier.

Events

World Accreditation Day

June 9 marks World Accreditation Day 2017. Established by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) and the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), World Accreditation Day is celebrated annually in order to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation activities. While this year, World Accreditation Day’s focus is on creating confidence in the construction and built environment, all accreditation bodies and accredited entities will be recognizing the importance of accreditation on this day. AIHA-LAP accredited labs are encouraged to share any information about their World Accreditation Day activities with us on our Twitter site.

AIHce EXP 2017 June 4-7, Seattle, WA

Please note that a new Laboratory Testing Track designed for lab professionals is now part of the AIHce EXP 2017 education line-up. The Laboratory Testing Track is a selection of education courses and sessions developed for laboratory personnel and persons interested in improving their knowledge of laboratory testing and analysis. AIHA-LAP will be conducting a special day-long session (E15) on June 6, Operational and Strategic Planning in Laboratories. A description of the 4-part session can be found on the laboratory track hyperlink above. There are also several laboratory-related Professional Development Courses (PDCs) that can be registered for separately. View the lab track and PDC schedule.

We look forward to seeing our exhibiting LAP accredited labs at AIHce EXP. See the full list of exhibiting labs.

Cannabis Compliance Summit

July 18-21, Los Angeles, CA

FAQ From This Quarter

Why Participate in the Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program?

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. The AIHA IHLAP is the largest program of its kind in the world and has been in operation since 1974. When an IH laboratory is accredited by AIHA-LAP, it becomes part of an elite group of laboratories achieving and maintaining a high level of professional performance.

NEWLY ACCREDITED LABS

Lab ID

Lab Name

New Programs

101748

EMSL Analytical, Inc

IHLAP

166272

Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc.

Unique Scopes

100842

KY Division of Laboratory Services, Dept. for Public Health,
Cabinet for Health and Family Services

FoodLAP

220677

Metro Analytical Laboratories, LLC

ELLAP

154782

Moldlab, Ltd.

EMLAP

178697

EMLab P&K, LLC.

ELLAP

223278

EMSL Analytical, Inc

IHLAP

224922

Metropolitan Solutions

IHLAP

226789

EMSL Analytical, Inc

IHLAP

Updated: 8/24/2018 11:51 AM