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NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION CONFERENCE; CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS AND STANDARDS: APPROVED MAY 25, 2001
Hankins, J. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY ACCREDITATION CONFERENCE; CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS AND STANDARDS: APPROVED MAY 25, 2001. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-01/100 (NTIS PB2004-101319), 2002.
The purpose of the NELAC is to foster the generation of environmental laboratory data of known and documented quality in a cost-effective manner through the development of nationally recognized standards for environmental laboratory accreditation.
The principles and operating procedures for the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) are contained in the NELAC Constitution and Bylaws. The major portion of this document (standards) contains detailed requirements for accrediting environmental laboratories. The standards also include requirements for state or federal agencies which elect to become accrediting authorities. The standards were developed through a consensus process by the states, territories, EPA, and other federal agencies with input from the private sector.