NIST Seminar – N05 (Monday 3/10 – Tuesday 3/11 8:00AM – 5:00PM) REGISTER NOW
N05: The ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation Process – 2 days


  • Dana Leaman, NVLAP
  • Kari Harper, NVLAP

NVLAP, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD 20899


This two-day interactive seminar will help laboratories prepare for and understand the accreditation process whether the laboratory is new to accreditation or in the renewal process.  It’s ideal as an orientation for new staff, quality managers, or as a refresher to update your knowledge of the Standard and the process.  An overview of the requirements of the Standard will be provided with examples drawn from the NVLAP Accreditation process.  Particular emphasis will be placed on Internal Audit and Management Review, Proficiency Testing, presenting measurement uncertainties and reporting them ensuring the metrological traceability of your calibrations and the complaint/corrective action process.  We will present several important ILAC documents with respect to Proficiency Testing (ILAC P9), Metrological Traceability (ILAC P10) and Reporting Measurement Uncertainty (ILAC  P14). We will provide an overview of the on-site assessment process, how they are conducted and by whom.  We will also describe how NVLAP and other Accrediting Bodies become signatory to  and maintain their status with respect to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement and what it means to your lab. The schedule allows for extended discussions of those topics of particular interest to the participants.

Intended Audience:  Technical and Quality personnel from accredited laboratories as a refresher, those who are seeking accreditation, or those investigating the process.

Materials will be provided.  A laptop may be helpful.

Learning Objectives: At the end of the two day seminar, using notes and provided resources, participants will be able to

  • Analyze the adequacy of a documented management system and technical procedure to fulfill the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025.
  • Differentiate between an Internal Audit, a Management Review, and an on-site assessment as performed by an Accrediting Body.
  • Identify evidence of metrological traceability.
  • Identify proper use of the Accrediting Body Mark in terms of NVLAP and international accreditation policies.


For additional technical information, please contact:

Dana Leaman,, 301-975-4679

Kari Harper,, 301-975-6612


Seminar Developers Biography:

Dana Smith Leaman serves as a Program Manager with the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) in the Information Technology Security Testing program.  She provides assistance in the daily accreditation operations and serves as a staff contact for laboratories performing Cryptographic and Security Testing, Common Criteria Testing, Voting Testing and Healthcare IT Testing.


Previously, she was employed with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) and assisted with the management of the calibration accreditation program and the assessment of the calibration laboratories within that program.  She also performed ISO/IEC 17025 quality system assessments in the testing fields as well.


Mrs. Leaman joined the NVLAP staff as Program Manager in December 2008.

Mrs. Leaman is a member of the NCSL International Board of Directors currently serving as the Vice President for Special Programs.  She has served on the Board since 2005 serving terms as the Vice President of the Southeastern US as well as Vice President of the Northeastern US and Documentary Standards.  Beginning in 2013, Mrs. Leaman has been appointed to assume the role of Secretary on the NCSLI Board of Directors.


She also participates as a tutorial instructor at the Measurement Science Conference and the NCSLI Workshop and Symposium on topics pertaining to accreditation.


Mrs. Leaman has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.

In March 2009, Mrs. Leaman completed training and has been approved as an ISO/IEC 17011 Peer Evaluator.


Kari K. Harper joined the Calibration Laboratory Accreditation Program of NVLAP in 2011 after more than two decades as a metrologist in the NIST laboratories.


From 1988 to 2011 she worked at NIST, in different capacities including

  • Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, Automated Production Technology Division. Areas of concentration included geometric-thermal effects and their mapping, as well as spindle metrology.
  • Office of the Director, Program Office, Program Analyst. As a Program Analyst, Ms. Harper performed planning, analysis, and evaluation of NIST’s programs and policies for use by the NIST Director.
  •  Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, Manufacturing Metrology Division. Ms. Harper resumed work on machine tool metrology, concentrating on linear motor technology. In 2001, Ms. Harper changed her focus to the area of vibration metrology. She was detailed for one year, starting in 2005, to the United States Measurement System (USMS) Assessment Committee and Report Editorial Board. USMS Committee received NIST Bronze Metal for this assessment and the resulting report.


Ms. Harper earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2000, building on the Bachelor of Science that she earned at Drexel University in 1988, also in the mechanical engineering discipline. Ms. Harper attended the inaugural BIPM Metrology Summer School in 2003.