What are the Criteria​ for Accreditation?

The main program requirement areas are:

1) Personn​el Qualifications

Please see the AIHA LAP Policies, Module 2A, section 2A.6.2

2) Particip​ation in an AIHA LAP approved Proficiency Testing program

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

3) Facilities

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

4) Q​uality 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 Re​cords

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) SO​Ps

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. These assessments will generally take place once every two years, unless additional site assessments are deemed necessary by the Analytical Accreditation Board.

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