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ACLASS Recognized as Accreditor for Minnesota Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board/ACLASS has been approved as a qualified assessment organization for the state of Minnesota. ACLASS can now perform onsite assessments for the Minnesota Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MN-ELAP). Only MN-ELAP approved assessors can perform assessments for the state of Minnesota.

Established by the Minnesota Department of Health in 1989 to help ensure laboratories submit reliable and consistent data to Minnesota's various environmental programs, MN-ELAP offers accreditations to accommodate the needs of many state and federal environmental programs, including testing required by the Underground Storage Tank Program, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

MN-ELAP develops procedures and requirements to ensure accredited laboratories produce accurate and precise test results. To become accredited, a laboratory's quality systems, staff, facilities, equipment, test methods, records, and reports must be evaluated against objective and measurable criteria. Since July 1, 2009, laboratories accredited by the department have been required to comply with the 2003 NELAC standard, the current adopted standard for the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP).

ACLASS was previously approved by the state of Florida for its Environmental Laboratory Certification Program, which was established in 1979 to ensure laboratory quality and capacity to perform testing of drinking water.