Environmental Measurement Symposium

New Orleans, LA  •  August 2018


Keynote Address
Celestin D

8:00-8:45
8:00 Welcome
Lara Phelps, USEPA ORD NRMRL
8:15 The Charlie W. Carter Award
8:20 Lifetime of Learning - There Is Always Something to Learn
Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems, Inc.


TNI Assessment Forum: Early Implementation of the 2016 Standard
Strand 13
9:00-12:00
9:00 Quality System Overview
9:30 Radiochemistry
9:45 Microbiology
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Chemistry - Detection Limit
11:15 Chemistry - Calibration

Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical

Laboratory Accreditation Body Expert Committee
Strand 12
9:00-12:00

The mission of the Laboratory Accreditation Body (LAB) Expert Committee is to develop and support accreditation standards for environmental testing accreditation bodies by engaging experts in a consensus-based standards development process.

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of Minutes
Update on Committee Activities Since Albuquerque
Discussion of the Revised Module V2M1
New Business


Committee Chair: Carl Kircher, Florida DOH

Lunch on your Own
12:00-1:30

Chemistry Expert Committee
Strand 11
1:30-5:00

The mission of this committee is to maintain the Chemistry Standard (TNI Volume1, Module 4) based on input from stakeholder groups and the public; to provide technical assistance, support, and training on issues related to chemistry and the TNI standard; and to develop tools to facilitate the implementation of TNI Chemistry Standard.

1:30 - 4:00 Review of Guidance on Detection and Quantitation
4:00 - 5:00 Review of Guidance on Instrument Calibration


Committee Chair: Valeria Slaven, Valeria Slaven Consulting Services

Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee
Strand 12
1:30-5:00

The mission of the Performance 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:

  1. 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;
  2. a listing of PT Provider Accreditors (PTPAs) that are TNI recognized; and
  3. a listing of organizations that are accredited by PTPAs as competent to provide PT samples to laboratories.

Meeting Agenda

  • Overview of PT Program
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Chair Update
  • PT Provider Accreditor (PTPA) Updates
  • Committee Business

    3:00 BREAK

  • Subcommittee Updates
  • Old Business
  • Open Discussion / New Business

Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)
Strand 13
1:30-5:00

The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is managed in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to solicit consensus advice on issues such as enhancing EPA's measurement programs; and facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.

All ELAB meetings are open to the public.

Opening Remarks, Roll Call, Mission Statement, and Overview of Board Goals

  • Discussion / Approval of July 2018 Minutes
  • Updates from the Designated Federal Official (DFO)
  • Highlights since January 2018
  • Updates on Current Topics

3:00 BREAK

Business (Continued)

  • Updates on Current Topics (continued)
  • New Topics for Consideration
  • Open Discussion / New Issues for ELAB
  • Review Action Items / Closing Remarks / Adjourn

Session Chairs: Tom O'Farrell, USEPA OSA, Designated Federal Official and Michael Delaney, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Chair

Reception and Exhibition
Storyville Ballroom
5:30-7:00Join us to network with peers and see the latest innovations for environmental laboratories.


8:00-8:45

Keynote Address Celestin D
8:00 Welcome
Lara Phelps, USEPA ORD NRMRL
8:15 The Charlie W. Carter Award
8:20 Lifetime of Learning - There Is Always Something to Learn
Marlene Moore, Advanced Systems, Inc.



9:00-12:00
TNI Assessment Forum: Early Implementation of the 2016 Standard Strand 13
9:00 Quality System Overview
9:30 Radiochemistry
9:45 Microbiology
10:00 BREAK
10:30 Chemistry - Detection Limit
11:15 Chemistry - Calibration


Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical
Laboratory Accreditation Body Expert Committee Strand 12

The mission of the Laboratory Accreditation Body (LAB) Expert Committee is to develop and support accreditation standards for environmental testing accreditation bodies by engaging experts in a consensus-based standards development process.

Welcome and Introductions
Approval of Minutes
Update on Committee Activities Since Albuquerque
Discussion of the Revised Module V2M1
New Business



Committee Chair: Carl Kircher, Florida DOH

12:00-1:30
Lunch on your Own 



1:30-5:00
Chemistry Expert Committee Strand 11

The mission of this committee is to maintain the Chemistry Standard (TNI Volume1, Module 4) based on input from stakeholder groups and the public; to provide technical assistance, support, and training on issues related to chemistry and the TNI standard; and to develop tools to facilitate the implementation of TNI Chemistry Standard.

1:30 - 4:00 Review of Guidance on Detection and Quantitation
4:00 - 5:00 Review of Guidance on Instrument Calibration



Committee Chair: Valeria Slaven, Valeria Slaven Consulting Services
Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee Strand 12

The mission of the Performance 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:

  1. 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;
  2. a listing of PT Provider Accreditors (PTPAs) that are TNI recognized; and
  3. a listing of organizations that are accredited by PTPAs as competent to provide PT samples to laboratories.

Meeting Agenda

  • Overview of PT Program
  • Approval of Minutes
  • Chair Update
  • PT Provider Accreditor (PTPA) Updates
  • Committee Business

    3:00 BREAK

  • Subcommittee Updates
  • Old Business
  • Open Discussion / New Business


Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Strand 13

The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is managed in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to solicit consensus advice on issues such as enhancing EPA's measurement programs; and facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.

All ELAB meetings are open to the public.

Opening Remarks, Roll Call, Mission Statement, and Overview of Board Goals

  • Discussion / Approval of July 2018 Minutes
  • Updates from the Designated Federal Official (DFO)
  • Highlights since January 2018
  • Updates on Current Topics

3:00 BREAK

Business (Continued)

  • Updates on Current Topics (continued)
  • New Topics for Consideration
  • Open Discussion / New Issues for ELAB
  • Review Action Items / Closing Remarks / Adjourn


Session Chairs: Tom O'Farrell, USEPA OSA, Designated Federal Official and Michael Delaney, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Chair

5:30-7:00
Reception and Exhibition Storyville Ballroom
Join us to network with peers and see the latest innovations for environmental laboratories.