On December 24, 2008, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health) issued a memorandum establishing the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP). Effective October 1, 2009, laboratories who are seeking to perform testing in support of the DOD environmental restoration (i.e. cleanup) programs and who do not hold an unexpired DOD Component (Army, Navy, or Air Force) approval need to be accredited in accordance with DOD ELAP. Laboratories that have DoD Component approvals in place prior to this date will be subject to DoD ELAP requirements when those approvals expire or when additions or modifications to their scope of approval are required.
Recognized Accreditation Bodies
The DoD EDQW has recognized:
American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) http://www.a2la.org/
ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ACLASS) http://www.anab.org/
Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B) http://www.l-a-b.com/
Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. (PJLA) http://www.pjlabs.com/
To perform laboratory assessments for the DoD ELAP each Accreditation Body has established an accreditation program for assessment of laboratories to the requirements of the DoD ELAP.