ACIL Code of Ethics
As a long standing Member of the American Council of Independent Laboratories since 2000, our Leadership, Integrity, Honor and Service is at the core of our business with Government, Academia & Industry.
ACIL members agree that it is their policy to abide by this Code of Ethics:
1. To cooperate in elevating and maintaining the professional status of independent scientific, engineering and testing firms and in securing recognition of the value of services rendered by them.
2. To assert competency only in work for which adequate equipment and personnel are available or adequate preparation has been made.
3. To have a clear understanding with the client as to the extent and kind of service to be rendered, especially in fields where different grades or characters of service are offered.
4. To endeavor in reports to make clear the significance and limitations of findings reported.
5. To safeguard reports as far as possible against misinterpretation or misuse, and to contend against such misinterpretation or misuse.
6. To oppose and refrain from incompetent and fraudulent inspection, sampling, analysis, testing, consultation, development and research work.
7. To deal openly, honestly and fairly in all business and financial matters with employees, clients and the public.
We hereby represent that our firm meets all qualifications for membership in ACIL and that we have no conflict of interest that will affect our professional practice. We have read and agree to abide by ACIL's Code of Ethics.
The press release regarding an agreement signed between the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) and the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) can be found at the following link: http://www.acil.org/associations/1304/files/ACILNACLAPressRelease.pdf.
ACIL is the trade association representing independent, commercial scientific and engineering firms. Its members are professional services firms engaged in testing, product certification, consulting, and research and development. Affiliated membership is available to manufacturers laboratories, consultants, and suppliers to the industry.
The association was founded in 1937 as the American Council of Commercial Laboratories. It was later incorporated in the State of New York as the American Council of Independent Laboratories.
ACIL defines independent scientific and engineering services firms as commercial entities engaged in analysis, testing, inspection, materials engineering, sampling, product certification, research and development and related consulting services for the public. They are not affiliated with any institution, company, or trade group that might affect their ability to conduct investigations, render reports, or give professional, objective, and unbiased counsel.