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National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Accreditation Council

The NELAP Accreditation Council consists of one individual from each recognized Accreditation Body, appointed by the Accreditation Body, and one Ex-Officio member representing EPA. The NELAP Accreditation Council has final authority for implementation of the program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories. Specifically, the NELAP Accreditation Council:

  • Reviews and approves applications from prospective ABs to become NELAP-recognized.
  • Periodically reviews all NELAP-recognized ABs to ensure their conformance to the requirements established by this organization.
  • Coordinates with the LAS Executive Committee to:
    • Include new standards into the NELAP program.
    • Include interpretations and clarification of the NELAP standards.
    • Adopt relevant acceptance limits for proficiency testing developed by the PT Executive Committee.
    • Adopt policies and procedures for use within the program.
    • Respond to complaints about the program.
  • Ensures a national program though mutual recognition

Conference Calls: 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:30 pm ET

Contact the Committee Chair or Program Administrator to participate in the calls of this committee.

Note: On June 9, 2010, this committee was renamed the NELAP Accreditation Council to reflect a change in the TNI bylaws. Documents such as meeting minutes may show the previous name of this committee, the NELAP Board.

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  • Implement a national program for the uniform and consistent accreditation of environmental laboratories.
  • Review and approve applications from prospective accreditation bodies to become NELAP-recognized Accreditation Bodies.
  • Periodically review all NELAP-recognized ABs to ensure their conformance to the requirements for ABs established by this organization.
  • Provide a recommendation to the TNI Board of Directors for a contractor to serve as an accreditor of PT Providers.
  • Adopt acceptance limits for proficiency testing developed by the PT Executive Committee.
  • Review recommendations from the Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASC) to include new standards into the NELAP program and either approve for adoption or remand to the LASC with identification of specific issues that would preclude implementation of the standard as a result of incompatibility with existing statute or regulatory requirements that could not appropriately be changed before an AB implemented the standard.
  • Adopt policies and procedures for the Laboratory Accreditation System that are developed by the LASC.
  • Receive complaints and direct to proper body for action.
  • Ensure consistency of application of the standard by NELAP ABs.
Aaren Alger, Chair
Pennsylvania DEP
Harrisburg, PA
aaalger@pa.gov

Paul Bergeron, Vice Chair
Louisiana DEQ
Baton Rouge, LA
paul.bergeron@la.gov

Lynn Bradley, Program Administrator
The NELAC Institute
Staunton, VA
lynn.bradley@nelac-institute.org

Lynn Boysen
Minnesota DOH
St. Paul, MN
lynn.boysen@state.mn.us

Kristin Brown
Utah DOH
Taylorsville, UT
kristinbrown@utah.gov

Celeste Crowley
Illinois EPA
Springfield, IL
celeste.crowley@illinois.gov

Bill Hall
New Hampshire ELAP
Concord, NH
whall@des.state.nh.us

Scott Hoatson
Oregon State Public Health Laboratory
Hillsboro, OR
hoatson.scott@deq.state.or.us

Sara Hoffman
Kansas DHE
Topeka, KS
sara.hoffman@kdheks.gov

Carl Kircher
Florida DOH
Jacksonville, FL
carl.kircher@flhealth.gov

Ken Lancaster
Texas Comm. on Env. Quality
Austin, TX
klancaster@tceq.state.tx.us

Michele Potter
New Jersey Dept of Environ Protect.
Trenton, NJ
Michele.Potter@dep.nj.gov

Victoria Pretti
New York State Department of Health
Albany, NY
victoria.pretti@health.ny.gov

Errin Rider
Louisiana Dept. of Health and Hospitals
Baton Rouge, LA
errin.rider@la.gov

Cathy Westerman
Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, Laboratory Certification
Richmond, VA
cathy.westerman@dgs.virginia.gov


September 11, 2017 August 7, 2017
July 10, 2017 June 5, 2017
April 3, 2017 January 25, 2017
January 9, 2017

December 12, 2016 November 17, 2016
October 3, 2016 September 6, 2016
August 8, 2016 July 5, 2016
June 6, 2016 May 2, 2016
April 4, 2016 March 7, 2016
January 27, 2016 January 4, 2016

December 7, 2015
November 16, 2015 November 2, 2015
October 19, 2015 October 5, 2015
September 21, 2015 September 1, 2015
August 3, 2015 July 16, 2015
July 6, 2015 June 15, 2015
June 1, 2015 May 18, 2015
May 4, 2015 April 20, 2015
April 6, 2015 March 16, 2015
March 2, 2015 February 4, 2015
January 5, 2015

December 15, 2014 December 1, 2014
November 17, 2014 October 20, 2014
October 15, 2014 September 15, 2014
August 18, 2014 July 21, 2014
July 7, 2014 June 16, 2014
June 2, 2014 May 5, 2014
April 21, 2014 April 7, 2014
February 3, 2014 January 6, 2014

December 16, 2013
December 2, 2013 November 18, 2013
November 4, 2013 October 21, 2013
October 7, 2013 September 19, 2013
September 16, 2013 September 9, 2013
August 19, 2013 August 9, 2013
July 15, 2013 July 1, 2013
April 15, 2013 April 1, 2013
March 18, 2013 March 4, 2013
January 16, 2013 January 7, 2013

December 17, 2012
December 3, 2012 November 19, 2012
October 15, 2012 October 1, 2012
August 9, 2012 July 30, 2012
June 18, 2012 June 4, 2012
May 21, 2012 May 7, 2012
April 16, 2012 April 2, 2012
March 19, 2012 March 5, 2012
February 21, 2012 February 1, 2012
January 17, 2012 January 3, 2012

December 19, 2011
December 5, 2011 November 21, 2011
November 7, 2011 November 7, 2011
October 17, 2011 October 3, 2011
September 19, 2011 September 6, 2011
August 18, 2011 August 1, 2011
July 18, 2011 July 11, 2011
June 10, 2011 June 6, 2011
May 16, 2011 May 2, 2011
April 18, 2011 April 4, 2011
March 7, 2011 February 22, 2011
February 7, 2011 February 3, 2011
January 18, 2011 January 3, 2011

December 20, 2010
December 6, 2010 November 22, 2010
November 15, 2010 October 4, 2010
September 20, 2010 September 7, 2010
August 16, 2010 August 2, 2010
July 21, 2010 July 7, 2010
June 21, 2010 June 7, 2010
May 17, 2010 May 3, 2010
April 19, 2010 April 5, 2010
March 15, 2010 March 1, 2010
February 1, 2010 January 27, 2010
January 20, 2010

December 21, 2009 December 10, 2009
November 16, 2009 November 2, 2009
October 19 2009 October 5, 2009
September 21, 2009 September 8, 2009
August 24, 2009 August 12, 2009
August 3, 2009 July 27, 2009
July 20, 2009 July 6, 2009
June 15, 2009 June 1, 2009
May 20, 2009 May 4, 2009
April 20, 2009 April 6, 2009
March 16, 2009 March 2, 2009
February 23, 2009 February 2, 2009
January 13, 2009 January 5, 2009

December 15, 2008
December 1, 2008 November 10, 2008
November 3, 2008 October 6, 2008
September 15, 2008 August 25, 2008
August 15, 2008 August 4, 2008
July 7, 2008 June 16, 2008
June 02, 2008 May 19, 2008
May 5, 2008 April 21, 2008
April 7, 2008 March 17, 2008
March 3, 2008 February 19, 2008
February 4, 2008 January 17, 2008
January 7, 2008

December 17, 2007 November 19, 2007
November 5, 2007 October 15, 2007
October 1, 2007 September 17, 2007
August 23, 2007 July 30, 2007
July 16, 2007 July 2, 2007
June 4, 2007 May 21, 2007
May 7, 2007 April 16, 2007
March 19, 2007 March 5, 2007
February 5, 2007 January 29, 2007
January 8, 2007

December 18, 2006 December 4, 2006
November 20, 2006

Current Projects:

Renewal of AB recognitions
Posting NELAP Accreditation Council and AAC policy decisions

Current Needs:

SOP for handling complaints against an Accreditation Body