This site has been established for applicant and enrolled laboratories in the Efficiency of Electric Motors (EEM) Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP). On this site you will find important program information and links to documents required for successful participation in the program.
The Efficiency of Electric Motors (EEM) laboratory accreditation program was originally developed at the request of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to assist the electric motor industry in complying with the statutory requirements for electric motors in Section 431.36(a) of Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 431 (10 CFR Part 431). NVLAP coordinated the development of the EEM program with NEMA and the Department of Energy (DOE).
For information on the requirements of accreditation see NIST Handbook 150 which contains the general requirements for accreditation of laboratories. In addition, NIST Handbook 150-10 contains specific requirements for laboratories testing motors for energy efficiency.
Proficiency Testing Requirements
Periodically, NVLAP initiates interlaboratory proficiency testing for motors. The final report for Round 2 was released in October of 2012. The next round is expected to start in the fall of 2013 and cover small motors. The approximate cost is $1,000 US and laboratories with these types of testing on their scopes will be notified and invoiced when the round begins.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: How much does accreditation cost?
A: Motors laboratories in the United States that are scheduled for an on-site assessment pay a fixed on-site assessment fee that is in addition to the administrative/technical support fee and any proficiency testing fees. Additional information about fees for accreditation is published on the NVLAP Fee Structure page of the NVLAP website.
Laboratories located outside of the United States: Non-U.S. laboratories pay actual expenses for assessments and will be invoiced the full cost of the assessment shortly after submitting the application.
*Certain commercial equipment, instruments, or materials may be identified on this website to foster understanding. Such identification does not imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, nor does it imply that the materials or equipment identified are necessarily the best available for the purpose.