TestAmerica First to Receive Department of Defense ELAP Accreditation
On September 24, 2009, TestAmerica’s Savannah laboratory received accreditation under the new Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP). On October 1, 2009 the DoD confirmed that TestAmerica was the first lab to receive DoD ELAP accreditation. On December 24, 2008, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense authorized the DoD wide program to accredit laboratories that perform testing in support of the Department of Defense. Among the objectives of the program were to promote interoperability among DoD components and to promote the collection of data of known and documented quality.
Effective October 1, 2009, laboratories seeking to perform testing in support of DoD Environmental Restoration (ER) programs must be accredited with the requirements of this program prior to providing testing support. TestAmerica has been a proponent of a unified accreditation program for years and contributed many enhancements to the DoD Quality Services Manual in Version 4.0 and more recently had its technical suggestions added to Version 4.1, which was released on April 23, 2009.
“TestAmerica has a long history of working cooperatively with the Department of Defense and its components in support of a wide variety of environmental projects and programs. We have held a variety of DoD accreditations over the years and have enjoyed playing an integral role in the development of the new unified accreditation standard,” said Larry Penfold, Quality Director for TestAmerica.
TestAmerica’s laboratory in Savannah, Georgia was the first to be audited and subsequently accredited under the ELAP program. However, TestAmerica has twelve labs currently engaged in the audit and approval process.
Information regarding the DoD program can be found at www.testamericainc.com/analyticalservices/DoD_QSM.htm
Or by contacting any one of the DoD EDQW points of contact (POC) listed below.
Ed Hartzog – U.S. Navy: Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Coates – U.S. Army: Kevin.H.Coates@usace.army.mil
Cornell Long – U.S. Air Force: Cornell.Long@brooks.af.mil
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