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Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP)

Paul BergeronLELAP SupervisorLod Cook Alumni CenterBaton Rouge LA May 23, 2011

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Who is Required to Be Accredited?

Any laboratory, stack tester, or geotechnical soil tester or facility which isA third party, distinguishable from the permittee or the DepartmentProviding chemical analyses, analytical results, or other test dataProviding the analyses, results, or data by contract or agreement and….

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Who is Required to Be Accredited? (cont’d)

The data is Submitted on behalf of any facility, as defined in RS 30:2004Required as a part of any permit applicationRequired by order of the DepartmentRequired to be included on any monitoring reports submitted to the DepartmentRequired to be submitted by contract; orOtherwise required by Department regulations

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Who is Required to Be Accredited? (cont’d)

Laboratories located on separate premises, even though operated under the same management, shall be required to maintain distinct accreditation.Separate accreditation is not required for buildings on the same or adjoining grounds.Mobile and/or field laboratories are not required to be accredited unless they are operating independently

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Who is Required to Apply for Accreditation? (cont’d)

Laboratories seeking “primary” accreditation—those which will be assessed by LELAPLaboratories seeking “secondary” accreditation—those which are seeking recognition of accreditation granted by other accreditation bodiesLELAP will issue a certificate bearing the LELAP logos if LELAP is not recognized by the accreditation body

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Who Does Not Have to Be Accredited?

In-house plant laboratoriesMunicipal laboratoriesLaboratories accredited by the Louisiana Department of Health and HospitalsLaboratories licensed by the Emergency and Radiological Services Division

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Applying for Accreditation: The Smoke is Clearing….

The electronic application is accessible at LELAP Laboratory AccreditationIn the past fiscal year, thousands of lines of method-analyte combinations have been addedHundreds of listings have been assigned to qualified laboratories to ensure the detail and accuracy of scopes of accreditation

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LELAP Webpage

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Link to Application

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Application Particulars: the Electronic Application

Use the latest version and download the method-analyte combinationsFollow the instructionsSave all data generated in a file on an accessible desktopNotify LELAP immediately if the desired method-

analyte combination is missingThe application cannot be completed or submitted

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Application Particulars: Required Submittals

The application fee is $660The application must also be submitted in hard copy and includeThe quality assurance planThe standard operating proceduresProficiency test results and/or analytical data packages if there are no proficiency tests availableThe signed certificate of compliance

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Application Particulars: Test Categories

MetalsMicrobiologyBiomonitoringClassical Wet Chemistry (nutrients, minerals, ions, demands, and

coliforms)Minor Conventional Parameters

Organics (semi-volatiles, volatiles, pesticides, herbicides, and PCB’s)

Dioxins and Furans

Radiochemistry

Asbestos

Geotechnical Soil Testing

Air Pollutants

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Application Particulars: Minor Conventional Parameters

Limited to--BOD5Hexane Extractible MaterialTotal Suspended SolidsFecal and Total ColiformsTotal Residual Chlorine

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Accreditation by Recognition

LELAP will recognize the accreditation granted by additional accreditation bodies to instate laboratories, including:National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation ProgramAmerican Industrial Hygiene AssociationNational Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program

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Interim Accreditation

If an application is deemed complete, LELAP will grant “interim” accreditation if requestedThe “interim” status will enable the facility to submit data to the Department (or be recognized by other states participating in the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program if the application complies with the standard)The status will not exceed one year

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Assessments

All instate laboratory assessments are performed by LELAP staffThe number of assessors depends on several factors:Size of the laboratoryPurpose of the assessment Routine Biennial AssessmentScope AmendmentTravel expenses shall be reimbursed by the laboratory

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Pre-Assessment Materials

Includes checklists, standard operating procedures, and data packagesFacilities are requested to complete and return the checklist prior to assessmentOffsite reviews reduce travel time to assessor and visiting time for laboratoryLOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Assessments (cont’d)

The following shall be available for review at the laboratory:Quality Assurance PlanStandard Operating ProceduresQuality Assurance DataProficiency Test DataLOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Assessments (cont’d)

Laboratory Inspection will follow this outline:Entry BriefingReview of DocumentationReview of Sample HandlingStaff InterviewsDemonstration of Selected Tests as necessaryExit Briefing

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Post-Assessment: Deliverables and Deadlines

Assessment Reports--due 60 days after the state assessmentCorrective Action Plans—due 30 days after receipt of the assessment report Responses to the Corrective Action Plan –expect 30 days after receipt of the Corrective Action Plan

Correction of Findings Identified During Assessment—6 months after receipt of the assessment report

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Assessment Finalization

An initial applicant is granted a certificate and scope if the corrective action plan is approved, attestation is signed, and remaining fee (test category) is paidAn initial applicant is denied a certificate and scope if the corrective action plan is not approvedAccredited facilities owe no further action if the corrective action plan is approved and attestation is signed

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Other Deadlines

Renewal Application—every three yearsProficiency Tests Results/Analytical Data Packages—every six monthsAssessments—every two yearsInvoices—due within 30 daysNotice to LELAP of change of key accreditation criteria—due 30 days after change is effectiveNotice to laboratory clients of change of accreditation status—due 10 days from official notice of the action

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LELAP Location within LDEQ

Office of Environmental ServicesPublic Participation and Permit Support DivisionNotifications and Accreditations Section

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LELAP Contact Information

602 North Fifth StreetBaton Rouge LA 70802Paul Bergeron, SupervisorPhone 225-219-3247Email Paul.Bergeron@LA.GOVLDEQ.

LabAccreditationProgram@la.gov

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LELAP Organization Chart

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Other Items

Web page has accredited facilities listed by test category; ultimate goal is to have searchable list on the pageNew database has been developed totally in-house without the expenditure of unbudgeted dollarsScopes of Accreditation have new format and identify the revision of the test method, the method code and the analyte

code

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Other Items (cont’d)

Assessors are verifying compliance with the new MQL requirements for arsenic, copper, lead and nickelBioassay laboratories are not required to seek accreditation for support methods as long as the data is not reported to the DepartmentQuarterly meetings to be conducted between LELAP and participating laboratories

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Other Items (cont’d)

No surprises: assessors will fully discuss any findings before adding them to an assessment reportThe LELAP e-Newsletter will returnIn-state laboratories will be asked to participate on task force to update the regulationsLELAP assessor interpretations will be posted in the LELAP FAQs

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Reminders….

If the laboratory fails a proficiency test, the laboratory must provide LELAP with a report on the corrective action taken and the results of a corrective action proficiency test result and Implement the approved corrective action plan!LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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Questions?.........

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Laboratory Issues and Challenges

An Open ForumPaul Bergeron, LDEQLod Cook Alumni CenterBaton Rouge LAMay 23, 2011

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