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Update on the Activities of The NELAC Institute (TNI). September 21, 2011. 2010 Accomplishments. Major reorganization 20 regional workshops on new laboratory standards Draft Quality Management Plan Strategic Plan for 2010 – 2015

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2010 accomplishments
2010 Accomplishments

  • Major reorganization

  • 20 regional workshops on new laboratory standards

  • Draft Quality Management Plan

  • Strategic Plan for 2010 – 2015

  • Awarded funding for two cooperative agreements from EPA competitions for years 2010 – 2015

  • Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations accreditation program created (NEFAP)

  • Several new groups formed to tackle specific issues

  • New Quality Manual Template developed

  • New Expert Committee to tackle method issues (EMMEC)

Consensus standards development
Consensus Standards Development

  • Expert committees develop standards consistent with TNI’s mission, using a consensus process

  • Expert Committees

    • Accreditation Body

    • Field Activities

    • On-Site Assessment

    • Proficiency Testing

    • Quality Systems

    • Stationary Source Audit Sample

    • Environmental Measurement Methods

Expert committee activities
Expert Committee Activities

  • Proficiency Testing Committee

    • Numerous Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) and Standards Interpretation requests (SIRs)

    • Requests for changes to the standard in order to implement

    • Working Draft Standard (WDS) under development

  • On-Site Assessment Committee

    • Development of guidance document

    • Assessment of training in technical disciplines

    • Considering merger with AB Committee

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Quality Systems Committee

Numerous SIRs

WDS posted for comment

Voting Draft Standard next

Assessment checklist


Accreditation Body Committee

Completed “Provisional Recognition” SOP for ABs not able to satisfy non-conformances

Considering merger with OSA Committee

Expert Committee Activities (cont.)

Expert committee activities cont
Expert Committee Activities (cont.)

  • Field Activities Committee

    • SIRs

    • FSMO V1 and V2 scheduled to be revised

    • Subcommittees on Stack Sampling being formed

    • Collection Media Subcommittee formed

    • Focus of activity on development of NEFAP

Expert committee activities cont1
Expert Committee Activities (cont.)

  • Stationary Source Audit Sample Committee

    • New EPA regulations in-place

    • TIAs developed and resolved for consistency with new EPA regulation

    • EPA approved the SSAS program on May 17

    • Updated SSAS tables

  • Environmental Measurement Methods Committee

    • Working on a background guidance document for calibration

    • Outline of consensus standard on calibration developed

Environmental measurement methods expert committee
Environmental Measurement Methods Expert Committee

  • Chartered to work on

    • Limits of Detection (LOD)

    • Limits of Quantitation (LOQ),

    • Instrument calibration

    • other fundamental concepts

  • Goal is to have new consensus standards developed by 2012

  • Funding support provided by cooperative agreement with EPA

  • First meeting was January 7, 2011

Standards interpretations nelap and nefap
Standards InterpretationsNELAP and NEFAP

  • On-line request form

    • www.nelac-institute.org/interpret-request.php

  • Requests are catalogued, reviewed and directed to the appropriate body for consensus resolution

  • Preliminary opinion developed

  • Opinion endorsed by NELAP AC or NEFAP EC

  • Interpretation posted on website

Interpretation process
Interpretation Process

  • NOT to be used to escalate a dispute between a laboratory or an FSMO and an AB

  • Some requests relate to method or EPA program interpretations

    • Laboratories should attempt to reconcile all such interpretations with the applicable method publisher or EPA Program

Nelap accomplishments
NELAP Accomplishments

  • Implemented a new process for AB evaluations

  • Developed SOP for general complaint resolution and reaffirmed existing procedures

  • Increased number of Accreditation Bodies to 15

  • Establish web application for endorsing SIRs

  • Developed comprehensive plan for implementation of new TNI Standards

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NELAP Accreditation Bodies

NELAP Accreditation Body

Working on Application

Accept NELAP

Incorporate NELAP elements

Nelap plans

  • Implement the 2009 TNI standard

  • Continue renewal evaluations for ABs

    • 9 are under way

  • Implement national database of accredited laboratories (LAMS)

  • Finalize handbook for small laboratories (TAC)


  • Consensus standards that are voluntarily adopted by state agencies or third partiesapproved as Accreditation Bodies (ABs)

  • NEFAP Executive Committee oversees ABs to assure uniformity

  • AB grants accreditation, which is unconditionally recognized by other participating ABs

  • Program applies to Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (FSMOs)

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Field Sampling and Measurement Organization (FSMO)

Organization engaged in:

  • environmental sampling for laboratory analysis and/or

  • field measurement outside of an enclosed structure that meets the requirements of fixed or mobile laboratory

Nefap activities
NEFAP Activities


Future Plans

Recognize ABs (4 so far)





Conduct training and outreach

ABs accept applications from FSMOs

  • Began efforts in two key areas:

    • Lead-based paint

    • Stack testing

  • Revised TNI Bylaws to accommodate NEFAP

  • Built AB recognition process

  • Developed Policies & Procedures

Pt program accomplishments
PT Program Accomplishments

  • Two PT Provider Accreditor (PTPA) evaluations completed in 2010

    • New applicant, ACLASS

    • Re-evaluation of A2LA

  • Improved and clarified the PTPA evaluation SOP

  • Completed updates to all PT Program SOPs

  • Formed a Field PT Subcommittee

    • FoPT table for Lead in soil, paint films, and dust wipes effective January 3, 2012

  • Formed a Protozoa PT Subcommittee

  • Reviewed and approved an update to the Drinking Water FoPT table

  • Retired the Experimental FoPT tables

Chemistry fopt
Chemistry FoPT

  • Reviewing each analyte on the Non-Potable Water FoPT table

    • Review to be completed this summer

  • Subcommittee will review and update each analyte on the Solid & Chemical Materials FoPT table

Wet fopt

  • Identifying which endpoints make sense and if there are some that do not make sense

  • Temperature variation has been eliminated to increase WET study sizes

  • Discussing the possibility of eliminating the hypothetical estimates (such as NOEC) and substitute an endpoint test (such as IC25)

  • Review of the FoPT table to be completed within a year

Pt program plans
PT Program Plans

  • Implement updates to the Drinking Water, Non-potable Water, and Solid & Chemical Materials FoPT tables

  • Implement a Field FoPT table (Lead in paint)

  • Implement a Protozoa FoPT table (Cryptosporidium)

  • Define and implement a process for addition and removal of analytes from FoPT tables

Pt program summary
PT Program Summary

  • There are now two TNI-recognized PT Provider Accreditors – A2LA and ACLASS

  • Two new FoPT tables are planned for implementation in 2011

    • Field (Lead in Paint)

    • Protozoa (Cryptosporidium)

  • Be on the watch for updates to FoPT

    • Drinking Water

    • Non-Potable Water

    • Solid & Chemical Materials

    • WET

Administration and support
Administration and Support

  • Board of Directors

  • Advocacy

  • Finance

  • Information Technology

  • Nominating

  • Policy

  • Conference Planning

Tni board of directors
TNI Board of Directors

  • Monitor activities of all programs and committees

  • Organizational and fiduciary leadership

  • Form ad-hoc groups for special topics

    • Consistency Improvement Task Force

    • Accreditation Body Task Force

Ad hoc groups
Ad-hoc Groups

  • Consistency Improvement Task Force

    • Establishing Realistic Expectations about Consistency

    • On-Site Assessments of Laboratories

    • Evaluations of Accreditation Bodies

    • Laboratories and Users of Laboratory Services

  • Accreditation Body Task Force

    • TNI support to NELAP ABs

    • Final Report to the Board on July 13

    • 8 options recommended with priorities, time frames and leads for implementation

1 training
1. Training

  • Develop web-based technical training for assessors in 2011

  • Develop web-based training on how manage an accreditation program

  • Develop more extensive web-based training on Volume 2

  • Explore a partnership with EPA for use of DW officer certification training

Lead: Technical Assistance Committee

2 administrative support services
2. Administrative Support Services

  • Develop a generic TNI application & central database for laboratory applications

  • Develop and maintain a list of which AB can offer a primary accreditation to laboratories not located within their state

  • Develop tracking tools to assist ABs with tracking

    • PT data

    • Corrective actions

Lead: Accreditation Body Committee

3 national database
3. National Database

  • Continue the implementation of the database as a high priority for 2011

  • All laboratory demographic data are now in database

  • Fields of Accreditation data being entered

  • Preview database at www.nelac-institute.org/lams

Lead: Information Technology Committee

4 use of third party assessors
4. Use of Third Party Assessors

  • Develop a process for TNI to qualify third-party assessors

  • Develop a model solicitation template for states to use in contracting

  • Develop a process for performance review of third-party assessors that TNI qualifies.

    • Develop a service for a state to contract with TNI to obtain the use of third-party assessors

Lead: Accreditation Body Committee

5 use of assessments performed by other accreditation bodies
5. Use of Assessments Performed by Other Accreditation Bodies

  • Explore the feasibility of partnering with DoE and the DoD-approved ABs to use their assessment reports

Lead: NELAP Accreditation Council

6 sharing of information and resources
6. Sharing of Information and Resources Bodies

  • Explore sharing assessors or assessment reports between states

  • Develop a process for sharing example form letters for AB assessments and related activities

  • Use TNI’s Assessment Forum and Mentor Sessions to share best practices among ABs.

    • Establish a Discussion Board comparable to the Discussion Board for the Small Laboratory Advocacy Group

Lead: Accreditation Body Committee

7 surveillance assessments
7. Surveillance Assessments Bodies

  • Form a task force to investigate how surveillance assessments could be implemented in a formal and objective process with consistent criteria

  • Develop a model on how surveillance assessments could be used to extend the frequency of a full reassessment for more than two years

    • Use the results from this effort to develop a recommendation on changing Volume 2

Lead: Laboratory Accreditation System Committee

8 non governmental accreditation bodies
8. Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies Bodies

  • Ensure any non-governmental ABs have the ability to operate a NELAP accreditation program according to TNI expectations, including:

    • Participating in AB evaluations,

    • Payment of appropriate fees, and

    • Adhering to the requirements in Volume 2 of the TNI Standard

Lead: AB Task Force

Non governmental accreditation bodies
Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies Bodies

  • Determine if the TNI Standard (Volume 2) and Bylaws need to be clarified or revised to allow for non-governmental ABs

  • Determine if any changes are needed to the existing recognition process in order to recognize non-governmental ABs

    • Make sure this process does not duplicate efforts in the NEFAP recognition process for those organizations that offer accreditations in both programs

Non governmental accreditation bodies1
Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies Bodies

  • Develop a process by which a state agency can recognize a non-governmental AB to accredit labs in their state

  • A non-governmental AB could include an AB closely affiliated with TNI

  • Explore the feasibility of a process that would allow a NELAP AB to accept the accreditation of a laboratory that is accredited by another state-recognized non-governmental AB

Ab recommendations
AB Recommendations Bodies

  • Significant progress expected to occur by January 2012

  • Effort will be a major focus of TNI January meeting

  • Opportunities for volunteers to work on these efforts

    • Participate in TNI committees

    • Participate on AB Task Force

Advocacy activities
Advocacy Activities Bodies

Recent Accomplishments

Future Plans

Continue outreach to stakeholders

Continue publication of newsletters

Develop new brochures

Meet with EPA program offices

Work with APHL

  • Presentations at >10 regional and national meetings

  • Published newsletters

  • Met with EPA RS&T Directors

  • Exhibited at ASDWA meeting

  • Developed new logos and banners

Small laboratory advocacy group slag
Small Laboratory Advocacy Group (SLAG) Bodies

  • Open to TNI members and non-members

    • http://www.nelac-institute.org/board/

  • Keith Chapman, City of Salem

    • kchapman@cityofsalem.net

  • Seeks input from small laboratories and provides advice to TNI

  • Raises concerns of small laboratories to high visibility in TNI

Future meetings
Future Meetings Bodies

Winter Meeting

Summer Meeting

Washington, DC

August 2012

  • Sarasota, FL

    • January 2012

Tni cooperative agreements with epa
TNI Cooperative Agreements with EPA Bodies

Former (2006 – 2010)

New (2010 – 2015)

$750,000 to develop measurement tools, accreditation standards and technical support

$500,000 to manage the National Environmental Monitoring Conference

  • $400,000 for Standards Development and Technical Assistance

  • $300,000 to manage the National Environmental Monitoring Conference

Measurement tools
Measurement Tools Bodies

  • Establish the Environmental Measurement Methods Expert Committee (EMMEC)

  • Implement a comprehensive educational delivery system

  • Provide assessor training, support outreach to organizations that are not accredited and refine TNI’s consensus standards

  • Establish a robust and effective on-line Methods Compendium

Educational delivery system
Educational Delivery System Bodies

  • New EDS/training pages on TNI website

    • Educational opportunities

    • Application to provide training

    • Needs survey

  • Training developed by TNI and others

    • “Live” training courses

    • Webinars

    • Webcasts

New quality manual template
New Quality Manual Template Bodies

  • Now available

  • Organized according to V1, M2

  • Price is $95 for TNI members

    • $250 for non-members

  • Will include free access to Webinar/Webcast for training

  • $50 credit for those that purchased the old template

2012 and beyond
2012 and Beyond Bodies

Implement the adopted NELAP standards

Implement the FSMO accreditation program

Implement a Stationary Source Audit Sample Program

Develop and refine a comprehensive training program

Implement a national database of accredited laboratories

Continue to develop consensus standards that meet the needs of the community

Summary Bodies

  • TNI has had a terrific 2011 and is planning continued growth for 2012

  • We invite you to actively participate in our activities

  • Join TNI – Now over 850 active members!

  • Join a TNI committee – Nothing happens without our volunteers!

Contact tni
Contact TNI Bodies

Jerry Parr, Executive Director

  • www.nelac-institute.org

  • jerry.parr@nelac-institute.org

  • 817-598-1624