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DOD/OS RIN: 0790-AJ16 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: DoD Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)  
Abstract:

This rule will implement policy, assign responsibilities, and provide procedures to be used by DoD personnel for the operation and management of the DoD ELAP. DoD ELAP provides a unified DoD program through which commercial environmental laboratories can voluntarily demonstrate competency and document conformance to the international quality systems standards implemented by DoD. DoD uses third party Accreditation Bodies to evaluate conformance to the quality system standards for environmental laboratories. The major provisions of this regulatory action include a general overview of DoD ELAP and establishment of standard operating procedures. There are procedures to maintain and improve the DoD Quality Systems Manual for environmental laboratories (QSM) to ensure it remains current in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. Additional procedures will address how to evaluate and recognize 3rd party accreditation bodies; perform and document government oversight of the DoD ELAP and process to ensure ongoing compliance with program requirements and to identify opportunities for continual improvement; conduct project-specific laboratory approvals for specific tests not addressed in the DoD ELAP; and handle specific complaints concerning the processes established by the DoD ELAP or the QSM.

 
Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 188   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3701    Pub. L. 106-554   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/15/2015  80 FR 61997   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/14/2015 
Final Action  05/00/2017 
Additional Information: DoD Manual 4715.zz, "DoD Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)"
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Edmund Miller
ODUSD(I&E) ESOH
Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary
4800 Mark Center Drive, Suite 16G14,
Alexandria, VA 22350-3605
Phone:571 372-6904
Email: edmund.d.miller.civ@mail.mil