MDARD's Geagley Lab becomes the first and only state lab to achieve motor fuel octane testing accreditation

For Immediate Release: October 28, 2019
Media Contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724
Program Contact: Craig VanBuren, 517-284-0500

LANSING, MI – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Motor Fuel Quality Section with the department’s Geagley Lab became the first and only state laboratory in the nation to become accredited under the International Standards Organization’s 17025:2017 standard by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation to run octane testing.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment by MDARD’s Motor Fuel Quality Section. It is the gold standard for certification, removing ambiguity and ensuring accurate and reliable lab results,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD Director. “This program is dedicated to excellence and ensuring Michigan motorists are getting the quality of the gas they’re paying for at the pump.”

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation conducts a rigorous audit of quality control, technical competence, instrumentation and standard operating procedures at the labs.

“Accreditation further validates to consumers and the marketplace that MDARD met the requirements for compliance of its well-established quality management system producing reliable, accurate, and unbiased test results,” said Craig VanBuren, MDARD’s Laboratory Division Director. “Consumers can have full confidence that samples are being tested by a world class quality laboratory.”

MDARD’s Geagley Lab already has an extensive list of ISO accredited services which includes – pesticide testing, food and dairy microbiology, food chemistry and animal feed analysis.

“Our Lab Division is steadfast in safeguarding not only the economic interests of consumers, but also health and safety,” added McDowell. “This achievement further underscores that commitment.”

For more information on MDARD’s Lab Division and its services, please visit


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