2016 Forum on Environmental Accreditation
January 25-28, 2016
This summary is based on notes taken at the closing session of the TNI meeting on January 27, 2016. An appendix provides a list of presentations that are posted on the website.
Chemistry – Chemistry reviewed progress on development of training on their new standard and received comments. They are soliciting comments for the 2020 standard. The calibration section was voted on favorably by the NELAP AC.
Quality Systems –Quality Systems talked through some of the SIRs they had been assigned. Audience participation helped to clarify some responses. They have sent 3 or 4 SIRs back to LASEC. Final voting on their standard will be February 22. Work continues on the small lab handbook.
Radiochemistry – The final Radiochemistry standard was approved in October. Their focus now is on training and tools. Three training subcommittees have been formed: ABs and assessors, labs, and assessment checklists.
WET – The WET Committee voted not to accept the 2012 standard, but to retain the 2009 until members had adequate opportunity to review 2012. The committee has prepared a white paper with a recommendation to EPA about DMR/QA PTs for WET testing. The committee is planning to do a program for the assessment forum in Orange County as well as have a business meeting.
PT Expert Committee – Modules 1 and 2 of their standard have been sent to LASEC. Modules 3 and 4 will be sent by April. They are beginning to work on training.
Microbiology –Microbiology is preparing a response to comments on their interim standard. They will finalize at their next conference call. They are also coordinating with Paul Junio on the Small Lab Handbook.
Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee – LAB had a live demonstration of the online generic application for laboratories. They will be doing outreach and soliciting comments in preparation for revision to V2.
CSDEC – Bob expressed appreciation to the expert committee chairs for their hard work in getting the 2015-2016 standards complete. He announced that an asbestos committee would be formed and possibly meet in Orange County. The CSDEC is considering creating a glossary of terms which will resolve differences in the standard. The CSDEC is working to insure implementation of SOP 2-100 which requires advertising proposed changes and soliciting comments to the standards before they are initiated. Contemplated changes will be posted on the TNI website. Bob also announced that the proposed changes for SSAS had been accepted by EPA.
Assessment Forum – Barbara reported that the assessment forum focused on help to Oklahoma labs. Several speakers were from OK labs. There were about 40 in attendance and they received good suggestions for topics for next time.
LASEC – LASEC reviewed the requirements for determining standards suitability. They received the modules with LOD/LOQ revisions and will review. Also, they recommended adoption of three modules to the NELAP AC.
NELAP AC – The NELAP AC received updates on the status of re-evaluations of ABs. The received an update from EPA on the status of asbestos PTs. They voted to accept the calibration standard and held a joint meeting with the LASEC.
NGABs – Alfredo reported that evaluations of three NGABs will occur this quarter. It may be possible to announce recognition of the ABs at the summer meeting. They also discussed the draft white paper recommending organization placement of the TNRC.
NEFAP EC – The NEFAP EC established a nominating committee to look for new members since they will soon have three open slots. They heard updates from the mobile lab subcommittee and also received an update on implementation of the new standard. The NEFAP EC also endorsed the strategic marketing and advocacy plan.
FAC – FAC discussed the subcommittee that was established to produce a guidance document for scope of accreditation. They reviewed changes to the 2014 standard. They also received an update on the ANSI process.
PT Executive Committee – The PTPEC focused on brainstorming efforts to prepare for the next round of FoPT table updates. The chemistry subcommittee met about 1000 times for about 2 hours each time for 7 years to complete the review of the entire chemistry FoPT table. PTPAs provided reports on pass/fail rates of analytes of concern.V1M1 and V2M2 will be completed and final in the next two weeks. The committee has 2 SIRs to address. They have also begun putting together a training presentation on the changes to their standard.
IT Committee has three areas of focus: LAMs, website and the online generic application. They received positive feedback on the generic application.
Advocacy - Discussed notice of public scoping from Alaska proposing to require NELAP or DoD ELAP approval for labs in their UST program. It was agreed that TNI should respond. Advocacy also discussed the questions posed by Kentucky as they considered becoming a NELAP AB. Advocacy will prepare a response. The committee also reviewed and commented the webinar slides on the TNI standard that Jerry has proposed for California labs.
Conference Planning - Jerry reported that for the winter 2017 meeting, the Advocacy committee determined that he should seek bids south of the Mason-Dixon Line and east of Albuquerque, NM.
For the summer 2016 meeting in Orange County, Jerry proposed that the meeting be 4 ˝ days, concluding at noon on Friday. There is space for 6 breakout sessions. There will only be 5 sessions on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday and Tuesday, the TNI sessions will be training on the new standards. The WET Committee will have a session in the assessment forum, but will also need a regular meeting. The session for California labs will be on Thursday and Advocacy will meet Friday morning. There will be a training course on Friday taught by Silky Labie called “De-mystifying the TNI standard”. Jerry emphasized that the schedule is still draft and may be adjusted.