Find answers to the most common questions about NAPT services, membership, and proficiency testing in general.
Let us help you develop a plan based on your scope and your needs. NAPT staff develops hundreds of plans each year for our members. Let us work on your plan next.
Simple answer: NAPT could not provide the services it does to the metrology community without it being nonprofit. Only because of the numerous sponsors, the donation of the kits, the volunteering of the technical advisors that assist in the design of the schemes and the one-on-one help given to members are we successful. All this could only happen in a nonprofit environment. In short, NAPT exists because of the metrology community supporting the services NAPT provides back to the metrology community.
An Interlaboratory Comparison (ILC) looks at measurement results between several laboratories. The purpose of an ILC could be to evaluate methods, different standards, environmental effects, competency of staff or the lab, or other factors in the measurement process. A proficiency test (PT) is designed to evaluate competency or proficiency, and is a type of ILC.
While you can create a detailed plan in your NAPT customer portal, it is the responsibility of the participant to notify us which kits they want to actually enroll in.
The web site was designed to allow participants to enroll in three kits at once, which is the most common number. Please contact NAPT directly when requesting more than 3 kits so we can apply all discounts you are entitled to for multiple enrollments.
When you compare NAPT against other metrology PT providers, you will find there really is no comparison. Compare NAPT’s full time staff to other PT providers who conduct PTs as a side job. Compare the ability to get technical advice from 50 plus metrology experts, quality of expertise, and the best customer portal of any PT provider. Further, your data submittal will be compared to 100 other like organizations. AT NAPT, we love to say to new participants “We Dare You to Compare NAPT vs them” and you too will see there is no comparison!
We can acquire an artifact and design a kit to meet your needs, we can work with you on conducting your own intras ILC/PT and/or you can use the exact same application we use and conduct your own intra laboratory comparisons.
Try out our online demo, consult with our technical staff who designed the app, or with our lead programmer – set up a personal web meeting by contacting NAPT staff and let them know your preference.
No, we cannot. The participants are anonymous and may not be disclosed by NAPT. Please do not reach out to other labs you may know that are enrolled as that would be a violation of your enrollment.
NAPT services the metrology and test community and most of the kits offered are based on the needs of those participants. Our list of kits, including the disciplines are listed on the NAPT website. Please visit the website and use the user friendly sort tool to find the kit you need, or feel free to contact NAPT directly and we will help you find the kit that best fits your needs.
NAPT has participants who are accredited by all the accrediting bodies and because of that, NAPT has a long-standing policy that we do not advertise for any one accreditation body - we like them all. Also, NAPT is accredited to ISO 17043 so all of NAPT reports are recognized and accepted by all accreditation bodies.
No. NAPT does not ship outside North America. As an alternative, you may want to consider using the QMS Navigator as a helpful tool for your proficiency testing needs.
NAPT staff is available from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.
Yes, NAPT can provide you with a letter noting that you are signed up for a kit and the expected date you will be receiving the kit.
Shipping kits to labs outside of the continental USA comes with additional costs. Because of these additional costs, all international participants are required to pay their share of importing, exporting, taxes, and fees that come with shipping a kit. NAPT tries its best to alleviate costs by scheduling international kits together.
Some kits are scheduled months out, others three to four weeks. It’s best to contact staff via a quick call or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your need and staff will get back with you ASAP.
As an accredited Proficiency Testing provider, NAPT reports are recognized and accepted by all the leading accreditation bodies.
NAPT is an ISO/IEC 17043 accredited provider. NAPT Is the only proficiency test provider that can meet all of your needs via our offerings of proficiency tests. You can review our scope of accreditation on this site.
We are very proud of our accreditation, but we believe there is more to being a first-class proficiency testing provider than just being accredited. Our level of service, number and variety of tests offered, and quality of value added proficiency tests are just a few examples of why NAPT is the clear choice when selecting a PT provider. We would ask you to compare the services that NAPT offers against other providers and after comparing everything we have to offer, you will see there really is no comparison.
NAPT's Fee Schedule is posted under Services. NAPT believes you deserve real value for your participation and it is important to choose a trusted proficiency testing provider that will ensure you receive the best value before, during, and after your enrollment.
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