Program

7:30 - 8:30 --------- Introduction to TNI Programs and Services

Session Moderator: Sharon Mertens, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

If this is your first time to come to a TNI meeting, or if you just want to find out more about TNI's efforts to improve the quality of environmental data, come to this special session.

8:30 - 10:00 --------- TNI Annual Meeting

Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

  • Consensus Standards Development Program (CSDP) Report
  • National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Report
  • National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Report
  • Proficiency Testing (PT) Program Report
  • Report on TNI Administrative Activities

10:30 - 11:30 --------- Changes to ISO/IEC 17025 and 17011

Speaker: Warren Merkel, National Institute of Standards and Technology

11:30 - 12:00 --------- TNI Quality Management Plan

Speaker: Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute

11:45 - 12:00 --------- 2017 Board Election and Recognition of Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies

Speaker: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

12:00 - 1:30 Lunch on Your Own

1:30 - 5:00 --------- Concurrent Sessions

Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)
Session Chairs: Lara Phelps, USEPA Office of the Science Advisor, and Dallas Wait, Gradient Corporation

EPA's ELAB is managed in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to solicit consensus advice from the environmental laboratory community. The recommendations ELAB provides includes issues such as:

  • Developing scientifically rigorous, statistically sound, and representative measurements; and
  • Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental laboratory accreditation program.

Radiochemistry Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Bob Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support

The Radiochemistry Expert Committee is responsible for Module 6 of the TNI laboratory accreditation standard.

Mentor Session: Small Laboratory Quality System Challenges
Session Moderator: Paul Junio, Northern Lake Services

  • The Vagueness and Lack of "How to" in the TNI Standard
  • Revocation of Accreditation Based on Findings
  • Module 2, Section 4.1.7 (d) Documented Training in QA/QC
  • Module 2, Section 4.1.7.2 (e) Leave of Technical Manager
  • Managing Union Staff
  • Establishing QC Limits

5:30 - 7:00 Reception and Exhibition

8:00 - 12:00 ------- Concurrent Sessions

Assessment Forum - Improvement, Corrective Action and Preventive Action in the Laboratory
Session Moderator: Scott Siders, PDC Laboratories

TNI's Assessment Forum is structured to provide an opportunity for laboratories and laboratory assessors to share information on how to improve the laboratory assessment process.

Agenda Items

  • Summary of the Improvement, Corrective Action and Preventive Action Sections
  • Minimalistic Approaches and Ineffective Implementation of Corrective Action, Preventive Action and the Improvement Processes in the Laboratory
  • Using Root Cause Analysis for Effective Corrective Action, Preventive Action and Improvement
  • Jeopardy Game - Audience Participation Driven Panel Discussion

Laboratory Accreditation Body Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Carl Kircher, Florida DEP

The Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee develops the standard for operation of laboratory accreditation bodies.

Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee
Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, California ELAP

The purpose of the Proficiency Testing (PT) Program Executive Committee is to establish and maintain a national PT program to support a national environmental accreditation program.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Provided

12:00 - 1:00 (Working Lunch) Information Technology Committee

Session Moderator: Dan Hickman, TNI

The Information Technology Committee maintains the TNI website; the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Management System (LAMS); and TNI databases such as technology codes, method codes, and analyte codes.

1:00 - 5:00 --------- Concurrent Sessions

Assessment Forum (Continued): Traceability Practices
Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories

TNI's Assessment Forum is structured to provide an opportunity for laboratories and laboratory assessors to share information on how to improve the laboratory assessment process.

Agenda Items

  • Document Traceability Practices
  • Chemical/Reagent Traceability Practices
  • Small Lab Best Practices for Ensuring Traceability

Chemistry Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Valerie Slave, Teklab

The Chemistry Expert Committee is responsible for Module 4 of the TNI laboratory accreditation standard. This includes requirements for the calculation of limits of detection (LOD), limits of quantitation (LOQ), calibration curves, and other related values.

Non-Government Accreditation Body Working Group (1:00 - 3:00)
Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

The purpose of this effort is to develop an implementation plan to recognize non-governmental accreditation bodies to grant NELAP accreditations and to have such accreditations accepted by state NELAP accreditation bodies, where appropriate.

Microbiology Expert Committee (3:30 - 5:00)
Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach

The Microbiology Expert Committee is responsible for Module 5 of the TNI laboratory accreditation standard.

 

8:00 - 10:00 ------- Concurrent Sessions

Field Activities Committee
Committee Chair: Justin Brown, EMT

The Field Activities Committee develops standards for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMO).

Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC)
Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, PACE Analytical

The mission of the Executive Committee is to manage TNI's efforts in supporting a national program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories. Activities of the Committee include developing and establishing policies and procedures, interpretations, guidance documents, and any related tools used by accreditation bodies to implement NELAP.

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH

The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards for

  • the development and testing of PT samples;
  • evaluation of PT Providers;
  • evaluation of PT Provider Oversight Organizations; and
  • use of PT samples by laboratories and laboratory accrediting bodies

10:15 - 12:00 ------- Concurrent Sessions

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee (Continued)

National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) Accreditation Council
Committee Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP

The purpose of this program is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories.

National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee
Committee Chair: Kim Watson, Stone Environmental

The National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) involves the recognition of accreditation bodies for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMO) as defined in the TNI field activities standards. The NEFAP Executive Committee is responsible for the recognition of accreditation bodies in order to ensure consistent implementation of the TNI Field Activity Standards.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Provided

12:00 - 1:00 (Working Lunch) Consensus Standards Development Executive Committee
Committee Chair: Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant

The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNI's accreditation and proficiency test programs.

1:00 - 4:00 --------- Concurrent Sessions

Advocacy Committee
Committee Chair: Steve Arms, Florida DOH (Retired)

The Advocacy Committee is charged with promoting the efforts of TNI nationally. This session will focus on conference planning.

Laboratory Quality Systems Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Paul Junio, Northern Lake Services

The Laboratory Quality Systems Committee develops a standard for the quality systems in environmental laboratories. The elements of the quality system include organizational structure, responsibilities, procedures, processes, and resources (e.g., facilities, staff, equipment) for implementing quality management in testing operations.

Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee
Committee Chair: Rami Naddy, TRE Environmental Strategies

The mission of this committee to update and maintain the whole effluent toxicity testing Standard (TNI Volume 1, Module 7) based upon public comment, to provide technical assistance on issues related to whole effluent toxicity, to develop tools to aid implementation, and to facilitate the implementation of the Standard.

4:15 - 5:00 --------- General Session

Summary of the 2017 Houston Forum

Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Each committee chair will provide a recap of events that occurred during the week.
 

5:30 - 7:00 --------- TNI Committee Members Reception

8:00 - 12:00 --------- Training Course on the 2016 TNI Laboratory Standard
TNI's Consensus Standards Development Program has released a new consensus standard for the accreditation of environmental laboratories, Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories performing Environmental Analyses, Revision 2.0. Note this is Volume 1 of the Environmental Laboratory sector standards. Volumes 2, 3, and 4 relate to other aspects of TNI's National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. This standard consists of seven modules:

  • Module 1: Proficiency Testing, Revision 2.0
  • Module 2: Quality Systems General Requirements, Revision 2.1
  • Module 3: Quality Systems for Asbestos Testing, Revision 2.0
  • Module 4: Quality Systems for Chemical Testing, Revision 2.0
  • Module 5: Quality Systems for Microbiological Testing, Revision 2.0
  • Module 6: Quality Systems for Radiochemical Testing, Revision 2.0
  • Module 7: Quality Systems for Toxicity Testing, Revision 1.0

Instructors: TNI Committee Chairs