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The 2017 summer Forum on Environmental Accreditation occurred in Garden Grove, CA from August 7-11, 2017. This meeting was the eleventh combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

The 2017 winter Forum on Environmental Accreditation occurred in Houston, TX from January 23-26, 2017.

The 2016 summer Forum on Environmental Accreditation occurred in Garden Grove, CA from August 8-12, 2016. This meeting was the tenth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

Garden Grove 2016 Summary and Presentations

The 2016 winter Forum on Environmental Accreditation occurred in Tulsa, OK from January 25-28, 2016.

Final Program (pdf)

Tulsa 2016 Summary and Presentations

The 2015 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Chicago, IL from July 13-17, 2015. This meeting was the ninth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

The 2015 winter Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Crystal City, VA from February 2-5, 2015.

Final Program (pdf)

Crystal City 2015 Summary and Presentations

The 2014 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Washington, DC from August 4-8, 2014. This meeting was the eighth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

The 2014 winter Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Louisville, KY from January 27-30, 2014.

Final Program (pdf)

The 2013 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in San Antonio, TX from August 5-9, 2013. This meeting was the seventh combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

The 2013 winter Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Denver, CO from January 14-17, 2013.

The 2012 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Washington, DC from August 6-9, 2012. This meeting was the sixth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

Washington DC 2012 Summary and Presentations

The 2012 winter Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Sarasota, FL from January 30-February 2, 2012.

Sarasota 2012 Summary and Presentations

The 2011 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Bellevue, WA from August 15-19, 2011. This meeting was the fifth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

Bellevue 2011 Presentations

The 2011 winter Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Savannah, GA from January 31-February 4, 2011.

Savannah 2011 Presentations

The 2010 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in Washington, DC from August 9-14, 2010. This meeting was the fourth combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

Washington DC 2010 Presentations

The 2010 winter meeting of The NELAC Institute (TNI) occurred in Chicago, Illionis from January 25-29, 2010.

Presentations at the general and keynote sessions included:

General Session
Activities of EPA’s Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB), David Speis       
Update on TNI, Jerry Parr

Assessment Forum
Consistency Improvement Task Force Presentation, Alfredo Sotomayor
Assessing Continuous Improvement, Bob DiRienzo       
Updates on Methodology and Initiatives                                    

  • SW-846 method clarifications and initiatives, Kim Kirkland
  • Drinking Water methods and flexibility, Greg Carrol        

Topics of Confusion for Assessors and Laboratories, Bob DiReinzo and Silky Labie      

The Role of the State Lab Association in the Environmental Testing Industry

  • Jan Wilson OELA Oregon Environmental Lab Association
  • Peter Priniski, MELA - Michigan Environmental Lab Association
  • Judy Graves, NYAAEL - New York Association of Approved Environmental Labs & PaAAEL - Pennsylvania Association of Approved Environmental Labs
  • Stacie Metzler, Virginia Lab Practices Committee
  • Paul Junio, WELA - Wisconsin Environmental Lab Association

Mentor Session: Detection and Quantitation Limits
8:30 Concepts of Detection, Richard Burrows
9:15 TNI Limit of Detection, Brooke Connor
10:30 Verification Options for LOD, Richard Burrows

11:15 Suggested Procedures for LOQ, Brooke Connor


Chicago 2010 Presentations

The 2009 summer Forum on Laboratory Accreditation occurred in San Antonio, Texas from August 10-15, 2009. This meeting was the third combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.

Over 400 attendees enjoyed the Riverwalk, while working on a number of issues related to environmental laboratory accreditation. TNI committees held public meetings during the week. In addition, a number of special sessions were held, including an assessment forum, a keynote presentation, and two mentoring sessions. Minutes from the committee meetings are contained in the minutes from those committees.

Presentations at the 2009 summer meeting included:

Mentoring Workshop: The New TNI Laboratory Accreditation Standards

  • Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis
  • General Requirements for Accreditation Bodies Accrediting Environmental Laboratories
  • General Requirements for Environmental Proficiency Test Providers
  • General Requirements for an Accreditor of Environmental Proficiency Test Providers
  1. Mentor Session: Method Modifications
  2. Keynote Presentation: The Benefits of National Accreditation

San Antonio 2009 Presentations

The 2009 winter meeting of The NELAC Institute (TNI) occurred in Miami, Florida from January 12-15, 2009. Over 250 attendees enjoyed the warm weather of southern Florida, while working on a number of issues related to environmental laboratory accreditation. Sixteen TNI committees held public meetings during the week. In addition, a number of special sessions were held, including a session on the DMRQA program, an assessment forum, two keynote presentations, two mentoring sessions, and one general session. Minutes from the committee meetings are contained in the minutes from those committees.

Presentations at the general and keynote sessions included:

  1. General Session: Implementation of the New TNI Accreditation Standards
  2. General Session: TNI Efforts to Assist Small Laboratories
  3. General Session: Status of Potential New Accreditation Bodies
    1. Virginia
    2. Minnesota
  4. General Session: The Benefits of Laboratory Accreditation
  5. Keynote Presentation: The National Database of Accredited Laboratories
  6. Keynote Presentation: Implementation of a National Program for the Accreditation of Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations
  7. Assessment Forum: Review of the New TNI PT Standard
  8. Assessment Forum: Non-Standard Methods

Miami 2009 Presentations

The summer 2008 Forum on Laboratory Accreditation had 475 attendees. This meeting was the second combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC). The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us. The conference featured a keynote presentation on the future of the laboratory accreditation.

Fourteen TNI committees held public meetings during the week. In addition, a number of special sessions were held, including an assessment forum and a mentoring session. Minutes from the committee meetings are contained in the minutes from those committees.

Washington, D.C. 2008 Presentations

The 2008 winter meeting of The NELAC Institute (TNI) occurred in Newport Beach, California from January 14-17, 2008. Over 200 attendees enjoyed the warm weather of southern California, while working on a number of issues related to environmental laboratory accreditation. Updates of the key programs of TNI were provided in general sessions held throughout the week. In addition, TNI Chair Judy Duncan provided an update on the TNI strategic planning effort.

Sixteen TNI committees held public meetings during the week. In addition, a number of special sessions were held, including a session on air proficiency testing (PT), an assessment forum, and a mentoring session. Minutes from the committee meetings are contained in the minutes from those committees.

On January 18, the TNI Board of Directors and Committee Chairs met in a public meeting to continue the work on the TNI strategic plan. As a result of this effort, a draft operational plan was written during the meeting. Over the next few months, this plan will be finalized and made available to TNI members.

In addition to updates from TNI committees, presentations at the meeting included:

  1. Conducting a Successful Management Review
  2. Alternative Sample Matrix/QC Models
  3. Effective Manual Integration Review and Documentation
  4. Effectively Closing Out Corrective Actions
  5. Overview of TNI Standards for Field Sampling & Measurement
  6. Auditing ICP Metals (200.7 and 6010B)
  7. Auditing an Analytical Method
  8. Small Laboratory Challenges
  9. Assessing Sample Matrix Effects
  10. The On Site Assessment: Do's and Don'ts
  11. Complying With the Confusing Requirements for LOD, LOQ, and Verification of Reporting
  12. Data Usability, A Case Study
  13. Decision Making by TNI Committees and Boards
  14. Accreditation Body Committee Update
Newport Beach 2008 Presentations
The summer 2007 Forum on Laboratory Accreditation had 420 attendees.  This meeting was the first combined meeting of the Forum with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference.  The technical presentations from the NEMC meeting can be found at www.nemc.us.  The meeting featured two keynote presentations on the future of the drinking water program and international accreditation body recognition.  In addition to updates from TNI committees, presentations at the meeting included:
  1. Identifying Deficiencies and Implementing Corrective Actions
  2. Comparison Accreditation Body Fee Structures
  3. A Guide for the Assessment of EPA 1664A
  4. Frequently Asked Questions of Accreditation Bodies
  5. Auditing a Quality System Process
  6. Auditing Essential Quality Control Elements: LCS/MS
  7. Standard Interpretation Update
Cambridge 2007 Presentations

The Forum on Laboratory Accreditation held in Denver from January 28 through February 2, 2007 was a productive meeting with close to 250 attendees. This meeting was the first meeting since INELA and NELAC decided to combine operations in November, 2006.  The highlight of the meeting was the extensive working sessions of the new TNI committees.  The meeting opened with a recognition of everyone in attendance who had served on a committee in either of the two previous organizations.  The meeting also featured the debut of two events that were highly attended and well received, the Assessment forum and a Mentoring Session. In addition to updates from TNI committees, presentations at the meeting included:

  1. The Formation of the NELAC Institute
  2. Partnering NELAC and INELA
  3. TNI The New Organization
  4. TNI Accreditation Standards
  5. Proficiency Testing Management
  6. Secondary Accreditation
  7. Water Methods Update Rule
  8. Microbiological Testing
  9. The Art of Biochemical Oxygen Demand
  10. Consistency and Interpretation of Assessments
  11. Common Findings in Laboratory Assessments
  12. Field Activities Committee Presentation

Denver 2007 Presentations