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Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing



Mary J. DiBernardo


This document describes accreditation requirements for laboratories operating in the Construction Materials Testing (CMT) field. It was prepared by the Construction Materials Testing Sub-Committee of the NACLA Association for Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation) Technical Requirements Committee and reflects requirements established by the Federal Highway Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Reclamation to meet their needs for competent construction materials services.NACLA CMT Subcommittee members include both government and private sector representatives: Michael Rafalowski, Federal Highway Administration; David Cross, Federal Aviation Administration; Bradley James, US Army Corp of Engineers; Tim Dolen, Bureau of Reclamation; Keith Lane, Connecticut Department of Transportation; Warren Merkel, American Association for Laboratory Accreditation; Peter Spellerberg, AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory; Patrick McCullen International Accreditation Service Inc.; Carrol Brickenkamp, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program; Richard Kistner, American Council of Independent Laboratories; and Mary Jo DiBernardo, National Institute of Standards and Technology.NIST is publishing this document as a public service pursuant to the Institute s responsibilities under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, which directed NIST to coordinate Federal, State, and local technical standards activities and conformity assessment actives, with private sector technical standards activities and conformity assessment activities, with the goal of eliminating unnecessary duplication and complexity in the development and promulgation of conformity assessment requirements and measures. Internationally accepted criteria for the operation of accreditation bodies and accreditation of laboratories ISO/IEC guide 58, Calibration and Testing Laboratory Accreditation Systems General Requirements for Operation and Recognition and ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories and guidance documents developed by ASTM committees form the basis for this document. The document contains additional requirements to both ISO/IEC guide 58 and Iso/IEC 17025 specific to the CMT field as stipulated to meet U.S. Federal agency requirements. Technical requirements contained herein are related to the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) document R18, Recommended Practice for Establishing and Implementing a Quality System for Construction Materials Testing Laboratories.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7012
Report Number


construction, construction materials testing, ISO/IEC guide 58, ISO/TEC 17025, laboratory accreditation, testing laboratories


DiBernardo, M. (2003), Technical Requirements for Construction Materials Testing, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created June 1, 2003, Updated October 16, 2008