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Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP). Paul Bergeron LELAP Supervisor Lod Cook Alumni Center, Baton Rouge LA May 20, 2009. The NELAC Institute (TNI). A non-profit organization guiding the efforts for national environmental accreditation

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Louisiana environmental laboratory accreditation program lelap

Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP)

Paul Bergeron LELAP Supervisor

Lod Cook Alumni Center,

Baton Rouge LA

May 20, 2009

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


The nelac institute tni

The NELAC Institute (TNI)

A non-profit organization guiding the efforts for national environmental accreditation

Oversight is provided by a Board of Directors

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Tni programs

TNI Programs

  • Advocacy

  • Consensus Standard

    Development

  • Laboratory Accreditation Systems

  • National Database

  • National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation

  • Proficiency Testing

  • Technical Assistance

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Tni expert committees

TNI Expert Committees

  • Accreditation Body

  • Field Activities

  • On-site Assessment

  • Proficiency Testing

  • Quality System

  • Stationary Source Audit Samples

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Current tni activities

Current TNI Activities

Accepting Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) for new national standard

Possible adoption of new standard at San Antonio meeting this August

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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The national environmental laboratory accreditation program nelap board

The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Board

Membership is comprised of representatives of state agencies, one of whom serves as the Chair

It has recognized all of the nine original state agencies as accreditation bodies

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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The nelac institute tni nelap accreditation bodies

The NELAC Institute (TNI) NELAP Accreditation Bodies

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  • 1 CA Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program 8 NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection

  • 2 FL Dept. of Health, Bureau of Laboratories 9 NY State Dept. of Health

  • 3 IL EPA, Div. of Lab., QA Section 10 OR Health Division

  • 4 KS Dept. of Health and Environment 11 PA Bureau of Labs., Dept. of

  • 5 LA Dept. of Health and Hospitals Environmental Protection 6 LA Dept. of Environmental Quality 12 TX Commission on Environmental Quality

  • 7 NH Environmental Lab Accreditation Program 13 UT Department of Health

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Number of nelap accredited laboratories by state

NUMBER OF NELAP-ACCREDITED LABORATORIES BY STATE

There are over 2000 laboratories in the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Korea, and Europe, participating in NELAP.

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The national environmental laboratory accreditation program nelap board1

The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Board

Working with TNI committees on interpretation of the 2003 National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) standard

Voting to recognize existing and newly applied state accreditation bodies

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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The national environmental laboratory accreditation program nelap board2

The National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Board

Approved new tables for proficiency testing in microbiology and whole effluent toxicity

Clarifying role in accreditation of methods versus approval of methods (i.e., new version of SW-846 methods)

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Epa and tni

EPA and TNI

EPA does not operate a national accreditation program

EPA supports the activities of TNI by providing staff for accreditation body evaluations and participating in TNI forums

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Contact information

Contact Information

TNI

PO Box 2439

Weatherford TX 76086

Jerry Parr, Executive Director

Phone 817-598-1624

[email protected]

URL http://www.NELAC-institute.org

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Questions

Questions?

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Lelap moves to ldeq headquarters

LELAP Moves to LDEQ Headquarters

Office of Environmental Services

Permit Support Services Division

Notifications and Accreditations Section

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Lelap has a new physical location

LELAP has a new physical location…

602 North Fifth Street

Baton Rouge LA 70802

Paul Bergeron, Supervisor

Phone 225-219-3247

Email [email protected]

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Lelap has the following assessors

LELAP has the following assessors…

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Lelap has implemented regionalization

LELAP has implemented “regionalization”

An assessor is based in the Northwest Regional Office to conduct assessments for laboratories located in

north and central Louisiana, the Texarkana area, and northern Mississippi

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Lelap is implementing a level playing field

LELAP is implementing “ a level playing field”

Laboratories will be assessed by LELAP staff

Contract assessors will receive fewer assignments

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Lelap is implementing other aspects of the ten point plan

LELAP is implementing other aspects of the Ten Point Plan

Ethics and Integrity—assessors receive annual training

Transparency—LELAP FAQs are posted on website

Front-loading—a/k/a “Accreditation 101”

Investment in Small Business—LELAP encourages small laboratories to participate on the TNI small laboratory sub-committee

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Lelap is implementing other aspects of the ten point plan1

LELAP is implementing other aspects of the Ten Point Plan

Investment in Community Organizations and Local Governments—LELAP continues to support LWEA and its members

Investment in Green Government and Applied Research—documents will be accepted and sent electronically; method modification will continue to be approved according to regulations

Investment in Technology and e-Commerce—LELAP is studying improvements to its database; fees can be paid electronically, contact the LDEQ Financial Services Division

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Lelap is implementing streamlining for efficiency

LELAP is implementing “Streamlining for Efficiency”

Records are being transferred to the Electronic Data Management System (EDMS)

Scopes will be available on EDMS and website

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Streamlining for efficiency

“Streamlining for Efficiency”

The LELAP Quality Assurance Plan and the standard operating procedures are being revised to increase efficiency of accreditation activities

Regulation changes will be proposed to reduce or combine assessments

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Benefits of streamlining for efficiency

Benefits of “Streamlining for Efficiency”

Assessment time in laboratory will be reduced if the laboratories provide the documentation upfront

Provide requested documents such as checklists to the assessor prior to the assessment

Have training records, internal audits and annual management reviews ready for the assessor to review

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:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


Benefits of streamlining for efficiency1

Benefits of “Streamlining for Efficiency”

Costs to Laboratories and Overtime Will be Reduced

Contractor assessors will be reduced or eliminated

Streamlining with the use of checklists

Limiting the scope of the assessment

Rotating/target certain areas for assessment

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Benefits of streamlining for efficiency2

Benefits of “Streamlining for Efficiency”

Exit Debrief will be Reduced by Limiting Extraneous Discussion

Submitting copy of the assessor’s checklist with previously noted and discussed findings, seriousness, and lab objections

A hard copy of the post assessment requirements will be presented to labs

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Assessment cycle focus

Assessment Cycle Focus

First Assessment—Overview to determine if quality system is present

Second Assessment—Focus on methods

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Assessment cycle focus1

Assessment Cycle Focus

Third Assessment—Focus on data review

Fourth Assessment—Back to overview, determine if quality system is functioning in laboratory

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Assessment cycle focus2

Assessment Cycle Focus

Minimum Quantitation Levels (MQLs)—assessors will begin looking for implementation of new MQLs in EPA Region 6-based work

New technologies—LELAP will address nanotechnology, metals speciation, etc. as the need arises

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Assessment cycle focus3

Assessment Cycle Focus

Other assessments will be conducted as needed

Laboratory relocations

Complaints received by LELAP

Addition of new test category or technology to scope

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Other items

Other items…

LELAP Evaluation by TNI is scheduled for July 2009

eNewsletter is being revamped

Accreditation 101 offered as video-conferencing in planning stages - check the website or your email for details

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Reminders

Reminders…

Use accredited laboratories for subcontracted work

Submit analytical data packages if there are no proficiency test samples available

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Reminders1

Reminders…

Notify LELAP of changes affecting the condition of your laboratory accreditation (new name, address, etc.)

Fees are due by July 1 of each year or as stated on invoice

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


Reminders2

Reminders…

Provide requested documents such as checklists to the assessor prior to the assessment

Have training records, internal audits and annual management reviews ready for the assessor to review

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


Reminders3

Reminders…

Submit a satisfactory corrective action plan for findings identified during the assessment

Expect a teleconference or meeting if the plan is predominantly not approved

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Reminders4

Reminders…

Implement the corrective action plan when it is approved!

Be prepared to provide documentation of implementation by the next assessment

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


Questions1

Questions…

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Laboratory issues and challenges

Laboratory Issues and Challenges

An Open Forum

Paul Bergeron, LDEQ

Lod Cook Alumni Center,

Baton Rouge, LA

May 20, 2009

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

:FOR ALL YOUR ENVIRONMENTS


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