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ETS Laboratories Receives ACIL Seal of Excellence Award

Posted on October 10, 2012

The Washington, DC-based American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL) announced  that ETS Laboratories would be receiving the nationwide 2012 ACIL Seal of Excellence (SOE) Award at the ACIL Annual Meeting in New York, NY.

“We are thrilled to have earned the ACIL SOE once again for our services,” said Gordon Burns, Founder and President of ETS Laboratories. “ETS Laboratories has grown and evolved by providing analytical services tailored specifically to our customers’ very unique needs. Integral to that service is our commitment to data quality and quick turn-around.”

The ACIL SOE addresses quality issues and recognizes those laboratories with exemplary quality performance. The SOE Program also provides laboratory data users with a mechanism to evaluate testing laboratories. Participants commit to ensuring data integrity, meeting customers’ quality needs and setting performance standards for the testing laboratory industry. No other evaluation program ranks customer satisfaction with laboratory services and requires laboratory management to commit to a data integrity program.

In addition to the ACIL SOE, ETS Laboratories was also one of only four labs to earn the Special Recognition Award for “Timeliness,” thus recognizing the laboratory’s demonstrated commitment to returning quality results promptly.

More information about the ACIL SOE may be found at

ETS was established in 1978 by Gordon and Marjorie Burns in the basement of their Main Street home. As the wine industry developed in size and complexity, ETS responded by investing in modern equipment and facilities and by hiring highly trained technicians and researchers. As ETS grew, the company constantly developed new methods of analysis and introduced many new technologies to the wine industry. In 1997 ETS became the first ISO 17025 ? accredited independent laboratory serving the wine industry. The ISO 17025 standard requires internal and external audits of methods, systems, training and results. It is different from most ISO certifications in that it measures performance and competency, not just record?keeping. Today ETS is one of the most advanced wine analysis laboratories in the world.

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