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Army chemical defense lab gets accreditation from Md. nonprofit

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, a Frederick science nonprofit, has accredited an Army lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground through a Department of Defense program.

The association gave Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program accreditation to the Army’s Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.

To determine technical competence at the lab, the association reviewed lab documents, looked at technical data and records, assessed the performance of testing and spoke with workers and management.

The accreditation program is overseen by the DOD Center for Clinical Laboratory Medicine. The association was eligible to give the accreditation because in maintains Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognition to conduct the  accreditation.

The accreditation means that results on samples from service members will be available for health care providers, said Dr. Cheri Roseberry, chief of the institute’s quality management office.

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