Forum on Environmental Accreditation

Albuquerque, NM  •  January 2018


Assessment Forum: Perspectives on Implementing the TNI Standard in California
Pavilion I-III

8:00-12:00Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, PACE Analytical

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

8:00   Preliminary Observations on Assessing California Laboratories, Mitzi Miller, NV5
9:00   Reflections from Implementing the Florida Program, Jack Farrell, Analytical Excellence
9:30   Update on California’s Progress for Rulemaking, Christine Sotelo, California ELAP

10:00 BREAK

10:30 Open Forum on Controversial Issues in the TNI Standard
             - Frequency of Proficiency Testing (Nicole Cairns Moderator)
             - Qualifications for a Technical Director (Paul Junio Moderator)



Chemistry Expert Committee
Pavilion IV-V
8:00-12:00Committee Chair: Valerie Slaven
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.

Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee
Pavilion VI
8:00-12:00Committee 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.

Lunch Provided
Enchantment Ballroom
12:00-1:00


Consensus Standards Development Executive Committee
Pavilion VI
1:00-3:00Committee Chair: Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant
The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNI's programs. This session will be focused on TNI's Glossary.

NEFAP Executive Committee
Pavilion I-III
3:30-5:00Committee Vice-Chair: Kirstin Daigle, 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.

Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee
Pavilion IV-V
1:00-3:00Committee 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.

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee
Pavilion IV-V
3:30-5:00Committee 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.


8:00-12:00

Assessment Forum: Perspectives on Implementing the TNI Standard in California Pavilion I-III

Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, PACE Analytical

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

8:00   Preliminary Observations on Assessing California Laboratories, Mitzi Miller, NV5
9:00   Reflections from Implementing the Florida Program, Jack Farrell, Analytical Excellence
9:30   Update on California’s Progress for Rulemaking, Christine Sotelo, California ELAP

10:00 BREAK

10:30 Open Forum on Controversial Issues in the TNI Standard
             - Frequency of Proficiency Testing (Nicole Cairns Moderator)
             - Qualifications for a Technical Director (Paul Junio Moderator)



Chemistry Expert Committee Pavilion IV-V

Committee Chair: Valerie Slaven
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.

Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee Pavilion VI

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.


12:00-1:00
Lunch Provided Enchantment Ballroom





1:00-3:00
Consensus Standards Development Executive Committee Pavilion VI

Committee Chair: Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant
The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNI's programs. This session will be focused on TNI's Glossary.

Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee Pavilion IV-V

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.


3:30-5:00
NEFAP Executive Committee Pavilion I-III

Committee Vice-Chair: Kirstin Daigle, 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.

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee Pavilion IV-V

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.