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Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee

The purpose of the PT Program Executive Committee is to establish and maintain a national PT program to support a national environmental accreditation program that contains the following elements:

  • Fields of Proficiency Testing (analytes, concentrations, matrices and acceptance limits) are appropriate for the scope of environmental monitoring performed in the United States
  • All organizations providing PT samples to laboratories are recognized as competent to do so.

The PT Executive Committee consists of 5 to 10 individuals with balanced representation of all stakeholder groups in TNI.

Conference Calls: 3rd Thursday, 1 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 Proficiency Testing Executive Committee to reflect a change in the TNI bylaws. Documents such as meeting minutes may show the previous name of this committee, Proficiency Testing Board.

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Mission:

The purpose of the Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee (PTPEC) is to establish and maintain certain elements of a national PT Program to support TNI's Accreditation Programs and other TNI activities. Those elements include:

  • Fields of Proficiency Testing (FoPT), consisting of analytes, concentrations, matrices, and acceptance limits, that are appropriate for the scope of environmental monitoring performed in the United States
  • A listing of PT Provider Accreditors (PTPAs) that are TNI approved
  • A listing of organizations that are recognized by TNI's approved PTPAs as competent to provide PT samples to laboratories

Strategic Goals and Objectives:

  • Implement all policies and procedures necessary for the operation and continual improvement of a national PT Program - including FoPTs for various matrices and accreditation programs
    • Periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the PT Program and the FoPTs
    • Continually evaluate and establish success measures and goals to target opportunities for improvement
  • Implement an oversight program that ensures PT Providers are competent to operate environmental PT programs
    • Receive and evaluate PTPA applications
    • Approve organizations that meet the requirements of the TNI Standards to be designated as PTPAs
  • Ensure that FoPTs are appropriate for their intended use
    • Collect and review PT data for the purpose of creating and maintaining FoPT tables for various matrices and programs
  • Implement a process to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of the PT Provider oversight program and the FoPTs
    • Appoint and approve a well-trained team to perform PTPA onsite evaluations that include reviews of PT summary data
    • Perform PTPA evaluations in a timely manner
    • Design evaluation checklists that thoroughly cover every aspect of TNI's PTPA standards
    • Conduct ad hoc evaluations as necessary, when multiple complaints against any PTPA are received
  • Develop a better process for getting data for setting PT acceptance limits and to handle complaints
    • Coordinate with TNI to develop an electronic database where PT Providers can upload PT data without breach of confidential information
    • Define procedures on how PTPEC will notify PT Providers to upload PT data to TNI
    • Ensure that any TNI staff with access to TNI's database sign a Confidentiality Agreement
  • Provide periodic updates on the PTPEC activities and PT Program to the TNI Board of Directors

Success Measures:

  • The effective implementation, oversight, and ongoing development of TNI's PT Program in a manner that fosters input from and is accepted by stakeholders
  • Timely completion of PTPA accreditation process
  • Timely complaint resolution

Goals for 2015:

  • Complete update of committee SOPs and incorporate Policy Committee comments to finalize
  • Continue development and update of FoPT Tables
  • Implement FoPT Management Procedures (SOP 4-107)
  • Update PTPA Evaluation Checklist
  • Develop and implement a process for evaluating the effectiveness of the PT Program
  • Develop a long-term plan for the self-sufficiency of the TNI PT Program not dependent on EPA funding

Considerations:

  • Exploring the need for additional IT services that could be employed to streamline FoPT review and update, as well as compile information for evaluating the effectiveness of the PT Program

Available Resources:

  • TNI staff support is provided for the committee and two subcommittees
  • Committee and Associate member volunteers, including volunteers for PTPA evaluations
  • Freeconference.com service is used for conference calls
  • Website support is provided by the TNI Webmaster
  • TNI conferences and scheduling
  • Travel expenses for PTPA assessments
  • WebEx service and support for training and other purposes

Anticipated Meeting Schedule:

The PTPEC will conduct most business by monthly teleconferences as scheduled by its members (third Thursday of each month at 1pm ET). Face-to-face meetings occur during semi-annual TNI conferences where audience participation is encouraged. Special meetings are scheduled as needed to handle urgent business.

Maria Friedman, Chair
State Water Resources Control Board
Glendale, CA
maria.friedman@waterboards.ca.gov

Ilona Taunton, Program Administrator
The NELAC Institute
Mill Spring, NC
ilona.taunton@nelac-institute.org

Fred Anderson
Advanced Analytical Solutions
Parkersburg, WV
Fred@AdvancedQC.com

Nicole Cairns
New York State DOH
Albany, NY
nicole.cairns@health.ny.gov

Gil Dichter
IDEXX Water
Westbrook, ME
gil-dichter@idexx.com

Jennifer Duhon
Millipore Sigma
Laramie, WY
jennifer.duhon@sial.com

Patrick Garrity
KY Division of Water
Frankfort, KY
patrick.garrity@ky.gov

Scott Haas
Environmental Testing, Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK
SHaas@etilab.com

Susan Jackson
South Carolina DHEC
Columbia, SC
jacksosb@dhec.sc.gov

Michella Karapondo
USEPA
Cincinnati, OH
karapondo.michella@epa.gov

Dixie Marlin
Marlin Quality Management, LLC
Mt. Juliet, TN
marlinquality@gmail.com

Jennifer Mullins
Upper Occoquan Service Authority
Centreville, VA
Jennifer.mullins@uosa.org

Matt Sica
ANAB
Alexandria, VA
msica@anab.org

Eric Smith
ALS Laboratory Group
Jacksonville, FL
eric.smith@alsglobal.com


August 24, 2017 August 7, 2017
July 20, 2017 June 29, 2017
May 26, 2017 April 20, 2017
March 16, 2017 February 16, 2017
January 24, 2017 January 19, 2017

December 15, 2016
November 17, 2016 October 20, 2016
September 22, 2016 August 25, 2016
August 9, 2016 July 28, 2016
June 16, 2016 PT Provider Meeting 5-26-2016
May 19, 2016 April 21, 2016
March 24, 2016 February 25, 2016
January 26, 2016

December 17, 2015 November 19, 2015
October 15, 2015 September 24, 2015
August 20, 2015 July 14, 2015
June 18, 2015 May 21, 2015
April 16, 2015 March 19, 2015
February 19, 2015 February 3, 2015
January 22, 2015

December 18, 2014 November 20, 2014
October 16, 2014 September 18, 2014
August 21, 2014 August 4, 2014
June 19, 2014 May 15, 2014
April 17, 2014 March 20, 2014
February 20, 2014 January 27, 2014
January 16, 2014

December 19, 2013 November 21, 2013
October 17, 2013 September 26, 2013
September 13, 2013 August 6, 2013
July 25, 2013 June 27, 2013
May 16, 2013 April 18, 2013
March 21, 2013 February 14, 2013
January 14, 2013

December 20, 2012 November 15, 2012
October 25, 2012 September 27, 2012
August 8, 2012 July 26, 2012
May 17, 2012 April 19, 2012
March 15, 2012 January 31, 2012
January 19, 2012

December 15, 2011 November 17, 2011
October 20, 2011 September 15, 2011
August 16, 2011 July 21, 2011
June 16, 2011 May 19, 2011
April 21, 2011 March 17, 2011
March 10, 2011 February 17, 2011
February 1, 2011 January 20, 2011

December 16, 2010
December 2, 2010 November 18, 2010
October 21, 2010 September 16, 2010
August 19, 2010 August 11, 2010
July 15, 2010 June 17, 2010
June 3, 2010 May 20, 2010
April 15, 2010 March 18, 2010
March 4, 2010 February 18, 2010
January 26, 2010 January 21, 2010

December 17, 2009
November 19, 2009 November 5, 2009
October 15, 2009 September 17, 2009
September 3, 2009 August 20, 2009
July 16, 2009 April 16, 2009
March 19, 2009 February 19, 2009
January 14, 2009

December 18, 2008 December 4, 2008
November 20, 2008 October 16, 2008
September 18, 2008 August 12, 2008
July 17, 2008 April 17, 2008
March 20, 2008 February 21, 2008
January 16, 2008

November 15, 2007 October 18, 2007
September 20, 2007 August 21, 2007
July 19, 2007 June 21, 2007
May 17, 2007 May 3, 2007
April 19, 2007 March 21, 2007
February 21, 2007 January 31, 2007
January 17, 2007


November 24, 2015 October 20, 2015
October 6, 2015 September 15, 2015
September 1, 2015 June 2, 2015
May 19, 2015 April 21, 2015
April 7, 2015 March 24, 2015
March 10, 2015 February 24, 2015
January 27, 2015 January 20, 2015

December 16, 2014
November 18, 2014 November 4, 2014
October 21, 2014 October 7, 2014
September 23, 2014 September 9, 2014
August 26, 2014 July 1, 2014
June 17, 2014 June 3, 2014
May 20, 2014 May 6, 2014
April 22, 2014 April 8, 2014
March 25, 2014 March 11, 2014
February 25, 2014 February 11, 2014
January 14, 2014

December 17, 2013 November 5, 2013
October 22, 2013 October 8, 2013
September 24, 2013 September 10, 2013
July 23, 2013 July 9, 2013
June 25, 2013 May 14, 2013
April 30, 2013 April 16, 2013
April 2, 2013 December 4, 2012
November 20, 2012 November 6, 2012
October 23, 2012 October 9, 2012
September 25, 2012 September 11, 2012
September 4, 2012 August 14, 2012
July 31, 2012 July 17, 2012
July 3, 2012 June 26, 2012
June 5, 2012 May 22, 2012
May 8, 2012 April 24, 2012
April 10, 2012 March 13, 2012
February 28, 2012 January 17, 2012
January 3, 2012

December 13, 2011 November 1, 2011
October 18, 2011 October 4, 2011
September 20, 2011 August 23, 2011
August 9, 2011 June 28, 2011
June 14, 2011 May 31, 2011
May 17, 2011 April 19, 2011
April 5, 2011 March 22, 2011
March 8, 2011 February 22, 2011
February 8, 2011 January 25, 2011
January 11, 2011 January 4, 2011

December 14, 2010
November 30, 2010 November 2, 2010
October 26, 2010 October 19, 2010
October 12, 2010 October 5, 2010
September 28, 2010 September 21, 2010
September 14, 2010 September 7, 2010
August 31, 2010 August 24, 2010
August 17, 2010 August 3, 2010
July 27, 2010 July 20, 2010
July 13, 2010 June 29, 2010
June 22, 2010 June 15, 2010
June 8, 2010 May 25, 2010
May 18, 2010 May 11, 2010
May 4, 2010 April 20, 2010
April 6, 2010 March 30, 2010
March 23, 2010 March 16, 2010
March 9, 2010 February 23, 2010
February 16, 2010 February 9, 2010
February 2, 2010 January 19, 2010
January 12, 2010 January 5, 2010

December 22, 2009
December 15, 2009 December 8, 2009
December 1, 2009 November 24, 2009
November 17, 2009 November 10, 2009
November 3, 2009 October 27, 2009
October 20, 2009 October 6, 2009
September 22, 2009 September 8, 2009
August 25, 2009 July 28, 2009
July 14, 2009 June 30, 2009
June 16, 2009 June 2, 2009
May 19, 2009 May 5, 2009
April 7, 2009 March 24, 2009
March 10, 2009 February 24, 2009
February 3, 2009 January 20, 2009

December 16, 2008
November 18, 2008 October 30, 2008

Current Projects:

Chemistry FoPT changes
Toxicity FoPT changes
Oversight evaluation of PTOB

Current Needs: