History of NAIL
In the late 1970s, a number of electrical testing laboratory owners began discussing the benefits of forming an organization that would assist in the exchange of information between commercial laboratories testing protective equipment. Most of these individuals had been serving on various committees within the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The National Association of Independent Laboratories for Rubber Goods Testing (NAIL for RGT) was organized
NAIL for RGT was incorporated in the state of Iowa, the location of the sitting president.
NAIL develops its Laboratory Accreditation Program. The program was developed in recognition of the desire of governmental agencies, public interest groups, and other interested parties to have a means of accreditation for all testing laboratories serving the public.
The organization changed its name to the National Association of Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing (NAIL for PET).
The organization changed its name to the Association of North American Independent Laboratories for Protective Equipment Testing (NAIL for PET) to reflect it's growing reputation as an organization with membership beyond the borders of the United States.