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Accreditation is a formal determination and recognition that a laboratory has the capability to carry out specific activities. It is conferred by an accreditor following an assessment of a laboratory against applicable criteria. Since its formation in 1973, ASTM Committee E-36 on Criteria for the Evaluation of Testing and Inspection Agencies has been actively working to develop consensus criteria that could be used by others to evaluate and accredit laboratories. This paper highlights the activities, accomplishments, and future plans of Committee E-36 in the development of standards for laboratory evaluation and accreditation.
ASTM Committee E-36, laboratory accreditation, laboratory evaluation, accreditation criteria, evaluation criteria
National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.