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Who Should be Accredited?

Recommendations endorsed by ACWI* concerning Federal laboratory accreditation:

All federal agencies (and commercial laboratories employed by federal agencies) performing routine analytical water testing, as part of compliance or ambient monitoring programs, be accredited under a recognized program, in order to better establish comparability of data and to meet the data needs of specific federal agency programs. Each agency should evaluate the cost of implementing this recommendation as it applies to their individual situation.

*ACWI is the parent organization of the NWQMC and the Methods Board and is an inter-organizational group chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) that represents all levels of the government and the private sector.

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