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Annual Meeting Speakers

New Speakers Announced for Annual Meeting

We are thrilled to bring our industry together in Portland, Oregon for the 80th time. Join us for a dynamic week of learning, idea exchange, and connecting with past and future collaborators.

Register online now!

The Annual Meeting offer a diverse program of speakers with backgrounds in science, technology, business, and strategy, creating an environment where disparate ideas can come together in new ways to better your business. Tickets are available now. We already have a great lineup of events, with more to come.

Customer Quality Service Awards Underway

Customer Quality Service Award

The ACIL Customer Quality Service Award program offers an effective, third party program to benchmark and market the quality of your laboratory services. Participants are committed to ensuring the integrity of data, meeting customer’s quality needs and setting the standards of performance for the laboratory industry.

This program is open to all laboratories. 

Complete customer survey information and other information must be received by August 1, 2017.

ACIL CEO, Milton Bush, Retires

Milton Bush retirement speech

This year marks the end of an era as we bid farewell and express our thanks to ACIL’s CEO of twelve years, Milton Bush. At this year’s P2 Conference in Washington, D.C., he delivered a passionate retirement speech, recounting the path his life has taken and his gratitude for both obstacles overcome and achievements won. On behalf of all the past and present members of ACIL, Milt, we thank you for your service.

Energy Star Congressional Support Letter

Energy Star

On your behalf, ACIL sent a letter to Congress in strong support of independent third party certification within the ENERGY STAR program. The ENERGY STAR program is a voluntary initiative that is broadly supported by manufacturers, retailers, utilities, energy efficiency advocates, and consumers. Under the current rules, ENERGY STAR products must be independently certified based on testing from recognized laboratories.

Read the letter >


New ACIL Government Relations Director


Michael T. OscarAs your voice to lawmakers, ACIL continuously monitors and reports on matters in Washington to keep you up to date and informed. We’re pleased to announce we’ve secured a new top notch government relations director to provide you a level of accessibility difficult to find or finance alone.

Michael T. Oscar is a managing partner at Gray and Oscar, LLC, a firm with more than three decades of combined Capitol Hill experience. Prior to this partnership, Mr. Oscar worked in the public sector for twelve years, most recently as senior legislative and political staff to U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, where he worked for eight years. His tenure as Congressional staff has spanned both Republican and Democratic offices, giving Mr. Oscar a unique set of contacts and networks to access on behalf of his clients.

Read Mike's Biography > 

Congressional Update

  • Healthcare Bill (Senate)
  • Tax Reform
  • Travel Ban (SCOTUS)
  • The Wall
Read the latest Congressional Update >


Section Minutes


Keep up to date by attending the monthly section meetings. If you missed one, minutes are posted online afterwards. 

New Member Welcome

Phenomenex is a global technology leader committed to developing novel analytical chemistry solutions that solve the separation and purification challenges of researchers in industrial, clinical research, government and academic laboratories. From drug discovery and pharmaceutical development to food safety and environmental analysis, Phenomenex chromatography solutions accelerate science and help researchers improve global health and well-being.  

OC&C Strategy Consultants

Founded in 1987, OC&C Strategy Consultants operate around the world to bring clear thinking to the most complex issues facing ambitious management.

While we are a global consulting firm, we have never seen size as an end in itself. We strive to be the preferred strategy consultancy for a select number of prestigious clients to whom we can devote our full attention, creating exciting solutions and opportunities. 

Industry News

The Determination of Low Level Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl Benzene, and Xylenes (BTEX) in Drinking Water by Headspace Trap GC/MS

BTEX is a grouping of structurally similar volatile organic compounds including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and the three xylene isomers. These compounds are known pollutants and are typically found near petroleum production and storage sites. BTEX are regulated toxic compounds while benzene is also an EPA target carcinogen. The investigation of these compounds, especially in drinking water at low levels, is critical to protect public health. This application note focuses on exceeding the current EPA detection limit requirement for BTEX while meeting and/or exceeding all other criteria in EPA method 524.2 for these analytes.


Horizon Technology, Inc. Announces a New Manual Manifold System for Solid Phase Extraction

SPE-Z Prep Manifold SystemHorizon Technology is pleased to announce the introduction of the SPE-Z Prep Manifold System for the extraction of semivolatile/nonvolatile organic compounds and Oil & Grease (hexane extractable material). 

As commercial and municipal labs are pressured to provide higher productivity, Liquid-Liquid extraction becomes less attractive as a way to isolate analytes of interest from a water sample. The use of solid phase extraction (SPE) can help. The SPE-Z Prep manifold allows a laboratory to try SPE disks and to see if manual use of SPE disks is right for them or if a further step to automation is the right choice. 

Learn more >


The Competency Manager

Introducing the simple yet powerful, all-in-one platform for managing employee development and monitoring organizational progress. Designed to ease the stress of regulatory compliance, inspire employee growth, and provide detailed information snapshots to managers across the organization. Implement a top shelf program with the Competency Manager today!

Learn more >


Big News From the Association of Laboratory Managers (ALMA)

The Association of Laboratory Managers has published the first issue of its new electronic newsletter the Association of Laboratory Managers Insight E-Newsletter (ALMIE) packed with tips to enable managers of all experience levels to become better leaders. Read more and reach out.

In addition, registration for the ALMA’s 38th annual conference and workshops held this year October 10-13 in San Diego is now open. This year’s theme “Focusing on What Matters:  People, Processes and Performance” will be kicked off with a keynote presentation “Empowering to Engage:  People Are Your Most Valuable Asset”  by Melanie Klinghoffer. See the full conference program and register at Don’t miss out. Seating is limited and an early bird discount is available now.  Registration discounts are available for multiple attendees from a company.

Preston Millar Award Nominations

The annual Preston Millar Awards are awarded for outstanding contributions to ACIL Sections (CAS, CMET, ESS, FSS). Nominations (and self-nominations) are now being accepted and should be forwarded to Bob Uttenweiler.

Preston Millar, late president of ETL Testing laboratories (now a part of Intertek Testing Services), was the first President of ACIL, serving from 1937-39. Each year, ACIL's Chair presents Millar Awards to individuals who have made special contributions to the success of the association over the past year or years.

A2LA Approved as the Accreditation Body for U.S. EPA TSCA Title VI Third-Party Certifiers

A2LA is proud to announce that it is accepting applications for accreditation of Product Certification Bodies which intend to certify levels of formaldehyde in wood products in accordance with 40 CFR Part 770 for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) TSCA Title VI Third Party Certification program. Further, A2LA will also be accepting applications from Testing Laboratories who wish to test levels of formaldehyde in wood products in support of the EPA Third-Party Certifiers. A2LA is currently recognized as the only organization to offer accreditation to both Third Party Certifiers as well as outside testing laboratories.

Read more >

Professional Development Training

Ethics Training - Fundamentals for Management

July 18, 2017    |    1:00 PM

The objective of the training is to present ways to ensure ethical standards of conduct in the workplace.

Wet Chemistry
ANAB How to Perform Data Validation: Wet Chemistry
This course will review the requirements for performing data validation for environmental projects.
July 12, 2017
ANAB How to Perform Data Validation: Metals
This training includes validation of chemical analytical data and data collected from field sampling measurements like pH, conductivity, bioassay and microbiological methods.
July 19, 2017

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