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Laboratory Administration Seminar

This workshop is designed to assist laboratory staff in fully meeting the criteria of Handbook 143. It is especially useful for new laboratory staff or where previous non conformities have been identified through annual reviews or for newer staff who would benefit from organized/structured training on these topics (versus on-the-job transfer of information from an experienced metrologist to a newer one). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to apply workshop concepts on their own laboratory documents to develop a complete Recognition submission. Preparation for Accreditation will also be covered since the criteria for Recognition and Accreditation are identical.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar, using the notes, resources, demonstrations, and discussions provided in the course, you will be able to:

  • APPLY and IMPLEMENT systems in their laboratories that comply with the requirements of NIST Handbook 143, Program Handbook.

Technology Requirement(s):

A laptop computer with all applicable software for working on the documents is essential. The training laboratory/classroom has access to a printer and copier, but participants must bring or be able to use a USB memory stick for transfering files for printing.

Materials & Supplies:

Staff must bring editable copies of laboratory documents from the Quality Management System (Quality Manual, Associated Appendices, Administrative Procedures, and Forms) that they can work on and edit during the workshop. Participants must have authority to edit and save the files along with any associated passwords.


There are no prerequisites.

Minimum Requirement(s):

Successful completion requires 100 % attendance and work on the application exercises noted throughout the class.


State laboratory staff who have responsibilities for developing, implementing, and/or improving the Quality Management System in their laboratory as well as those who are seeking OWM Recognition and/or NVLAP accreditation or iimprovements to support Recognition/Accreditation. This course is NOT available for non weights and measures participants at this time.


There is no charge to participate in the Laboratory Administration Workshop , however, participants are responsible for travel, hotel and meal expenses.


Harris, Georgia L.
Miller, Val R.
Gentry, Elizabeth
Office of Weights and Measures
(301) 975 - 4004


NIST / Office of Weights and Measures

Class No. 5291

Event Time:8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2013

Created January 8, 2014, Updated May 13, 2016