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DNDO Accepted Laboratories for the GRaDER Program

The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has developed an interim laboratory acceptance process for the Graduated Rad/Nuc Detector Evaluation and Reporting (GRaDER SM ) Program that enables participating laboratories to begin the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) N42 standards test process while awaiting National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) accreditation. The laboratory must have already submitted a NVLAP application for accreditation. The laboratory then provides a Self-declaration of Conformity packet to DNDO, indicating conformity with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbooks 150 and 150-23-2007 (DRAFT), and ISO/IEC 17025:2005. The standards and scope for which the laboratory will offer accredited testing services must be identified. After careful consideration and clarification, DNDO issues a temporary Letter of Acceptance to the Laboratory. The laboratory's acceptance is limited to one year or upon NVLAP accreditation for the stated scope of selected ANSI/IEEE N42-series consensus standards, whichever comes first. The DNDO Letter of Acceptance stipulates conditions under which the laboratory must operate and report in order to participate as a GRaDER Program supporting laboratory.

Equipment manufacturers should schedule their equipment for testing with the DNDO accepted or NVLAP accredited laboratories. Manufacturers must direct the laboratories to provide the test results to DNDO for evaluation in order to be considered by the GRaDER Program. Testing is voluntary and is at the manufacturer's expense. Additional information for manufacturer participation is available on the GRaDER Web site.

Participating Laboratories

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

DNDO accepted a Self-declaration of Conformity from the Instrument Testing Laboratory (ITL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on May 21, 2010. The scope of acceptance encompasses PNNL’s application for NVLAP accreditation, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) consensus standards ANSI N42.32, N42.33, and N42.34 of 2006. PNNL is teamed with Northwest EMC Laboratory in Hillsboro, OR, for satisfaction of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements. Northwest EMC is separately NVLAP accredited to perform EMC testing.

Contact Information: 

Michelle Johnson 
Technical Group Manager
Radiation and Health Technology Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN K3-54
Richland, Wash. 99352
Tel: 509-371-6681
Fax: 509-375-3618
E-mail: michelle.johnson@pnl.gov
Web site: www.pnl.gov

Phil Smith
Senior Scientist
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
902 Battelle Boulevard
P.O. Box 999, MSIN P7-01
Richland, Wash. 99352
Tel: 509-375-7349
Fax: 509-375-7318
E-mail: philip.smith@pnl.gov 

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

DNDO accepted a Self-declaration of Conformity from the Environmental Effects Laboratory (EEL) of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on August 31, 2010. The ORNL application encompasses the following ANSI/IEEE standards: ANSI N42.32, N42.33, N42.34, N42.35, N42.38, N42.43 and N42.48.

Contact Information: 

Peter J. Chiaro, Jr. 
Program Manager
Environmental Effects Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37831-6075
Phone: 865-576-4598
Fax: 865-576-8993
E-mail: chiaropjjr@ornl.gov 
Web site: www.ornl.gov

Kathy Johnson
Program Management Associate
Environmental Effects Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
P.O. Box 2008
Bl. 5800, MS 6075
Oak Ridge, Tenn. 37830-6075
Ph: (865) 574-5724
Fax: (865) 576-8993
Web site: public.ornl.gov/estd/TTAC/ 

Global Testing Laboratories, LLC / Savannah River National Laboratory (GTL/SRNL) Team

Global Testing Laboratories, LLC, of Knoxville Tenn., has teamed with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, Savannah River Site, Health Physics Instrument Calibration Lab and Savannah River National Laboratory to provide radiation detector testing services. Both laboratories were awarded DNDO Letters of Acceptance on March 23, 2010 for testing against the requirements of ANSI/IEEE standards: N42-32, N42-33, and N42-34. Manufacturers should schedule testing through GTL.

Contact Information: 

Deborah Walker 
CEO
Global Testing Laboratories, LLC
3029 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy
Knoxville, Tenn. 37914
Work Phone: 865-523-9972x106
Cell Phone: 865-567-1498
Fax: 865-637-7598
E-mail: dwalker@globaltestinglabs.com 
Web site: www.globaltestinglabs.com 

Charles W. Lewis 
Savannah River National Laboratory
National Homeland Security Directorate
Global Security Training and Technical Consulting
Building 773-42A, Room 124
Aiken, S.C. 29808
Phone: 803-725-6266
Pager: 803-725-PAGE, 18139
Cell: Cell: 803-645-0861
Fax: 803-725-7673
E-mail: charles.lewis@srnl.doe.gov 

Greg Tunno
Manager, Health Physics Instrument Calibration Laboratory
Savannah River Site
Building 735-2B
Aiken, S.C. 29808
Phone: 803-952-8477
Fax: 803-952-7988
E-mail: greg.tunno@srs.gov 

Future Participants

No other government or commercial laboratories have self-declared conformity to the NVLAP requirements.

NVLAP Accredited Laboratories

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) maintains a list of accredited laboratories for NVLAP.

This page will be updated as new laboratory participants are accepted by DNDO.

Last Published Date: August 13, 2012
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