DVIDS – News – US Army Mobile Lab Earns International Accreditation for Air Surveillance


ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A U.S. Army civilian mobile expeditionary laboratory has earned International Organization for Standardization accreditation 17025 for air monitoring.

The Expeditionary Mobile Laboratory (CMEL) of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Analysis and Remediation Activity has obtained accreditation for the maintenance of quality assurance and control processes. internationally recognized quality.

CMEL has joined other internationally recognized laboratories from US government agencies that follow the same standards, including the FBI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Chemical Biological Center.

Keith P. Brozean, CMEL’s chemist quality manager, said the lab has been working toward accreditation for five years. The Army mobile laboratory passed the accreditation audit with only minimal and minor deficiencies which were quickly corrected.

“The highlight for me was during the brief of our external audit, we were told that most labs had five to six times as many deficiencies when they were initially accredited and the ones we received were very minor”, said Brozean, an Athens, New York, native to CARA for five years. “It was not only the affirmation that our hard work was worth it, but also gratifying to see that we were already exceeding expectations.”

Brozean said the key to gaining accreditation was having “cohesive management and a great team that works hard and wants to succeed and improve.”

Comprised of highly skilled US Army civilians, CARA is part of the 20th CBRNE Command, the US Army’s premier all-hazards command. Based at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, soldiers and civilians from the Army’s 20th CBRNE Command face the world’s most dangerous dangers in support of joint, interagency and allied operations. The all-hazards multifunctional formation commands units at 19 bases in 16 states.

A joint civilian activity, the CARA conducts emergency response missions for recovered chemical warfare equipment, technical escort of bonded and non-bonded chemical equipment and mobile laboratory operations.

Franz J. Amann, the director of CARA, said that CMEL has maintained its quality assurance and quality control program under the Standard Analytical Reference Materials Program for Chemical Agents of the Center for US Army combat.

“This program began while CARA was under the Technical Escort Unit and the 22nd Chemical Battalion (TEU) while supporting the destruction of the chemical stockpile located on Edgewood,” Amann said. “Getting ISO accreditation is not easy.

“CMEL underwent its initial audit in May and received only four observations, which is well below the average of 20 observations for an organization to receive its initial ISO 17025 accreditation,” said Amann, an officer at the retirement of the US Army Chemical Corps hailing from Spartanburg. , Caroline from the south. “The CMEL corrected the observations within 30 days to obtain their accreditation.”

Amann said the air monitoring accreditation is the first ISO 17025 accreditation in a three-part series that CMEL is working to achieve over the next two years.

“CMEL obtains ISO 17025 accreditation for three distinct mission requirements: air, chemical and biological monitoring. This accreditation only takes into account the Air Monitoring mission. CMEL aims to achieve additional accreditation by the end of 2023,” Amann said.

To maintain certification, the laboratory will be subject to annual audits after initial certification. The first year is a review to ensure the organization maintains the ISO program while the second year is used for re-certification.

“As part of CMEL’s mission to provide support to the Theater Validation Lab, maintaining ISO 17025 lends credibility to the lab’s processes and results,” Amann said. “This credibility will be essential during any emergency operation where combatant commanders must make operational and strategic decisions based on possible chemical and biological events or when low-altitude aerial surveillance is required.”

Date taken: 07.12.2022
Date posted: 07.12.2022 15:38
Story ID: 424822
Hometown: ATHENS, NY, USA

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