Forum on Environmental Accreditation

Milwaukee, WI  •  January 2019


TNI Annual Meeting
Regency CD

8:00-9:45
  • 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

Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

2019 Board Election
9:45-10:00
Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Lunch on Your Own
12:00-1:00

Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)
Milwaukee
1:00-5:00

EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (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 scientifi cally rigorous, statistically sound, and representative measurements; and
  • Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.

Session Chairs: Tom O’Farrell, USEPA and Michael Delaney, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (Retired)

Mentor Session: Internal Auditing Tools of the Trade, Part 1
Regency A
10:30-11:45

TNI hosts a Mentor Session at each of TNI's semi-annual meetings to share information on topics of interest to laboratories and Accreditation Bodies. This session will feature an overview of Internal Audits and Tools for Meeting the Requirements.

PART 1:

  • Pre-audit documentation
  • In-audit documentation
  • Post-audit documentation

Session Facilitator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Environmental

Reception and Exhibition
Atrium
5:30-7:00

NEFAP Executive Committee
Regency B
10:30-11:45The 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.
Committee Chair: Kirstin Daigle, Pace Analytical Services

Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee
Milwaukee
10:30-11:45The 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.
Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH

Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC)
Regency B
1:00-3:00The 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.
Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

NELAP Accreditation Council
Regency B
3:30-5:00The purpose of this program is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories.
Committee Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP

Mentor Session: Internal Auditing Tools of the Trade, Part 2
Regency A
1:00-5:00

TNI hosts a Mentor Session at each of TNI's semi-annual meetings to share information on topics of interest to laboratories and Accreditation Bodies. This session will feature an overview of Internal Audits and Tools for Meeting the Requirements.

PART 2: Workgroup Activities

  • Activity 1 - Create an internal audit checklist for a designated section of the standard. Presentation on How to Effectively Use
    Checklists
  • Activity 2 - Develop the questions or auditing techniques that will enable evaluation of the items on the list
  • Activity 3 - Provide examples of "proof of compliance" for checklist items where some are weak in meeting the expectation and
    some are strong. Have the group determine which are which and evaluate the weak examples as to how it could be strengthened.
  • Activity 4 - Report or Audit Closure documentation.

Session Facilitator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Environmental

Information Technology Committee
Crystal Room
3:30-5:00The Information Technology Committee is responsible for providing recommendations as to the design and content of the TNI website, managing the TNI's Laboratory Accreditation Management System, and maintaining TNI databases such as technology codes, method codes and analyte codes.
Committee Chair: Mei Beth Shepherd, Shepherd Technical Services, LLC


8:00-9:45

TNI Annual Meeting Regency CD
  • 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


Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

9:45-10:00
2019 Board Election 


Session Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

10:30-11:45
Mentor Session: Internal Auditing Tools of the Trade, Part 1 Regency A

TNI hosts a Mentor Session at each of TNI's semi-annual meetings to share information on topics of interest to laboratories and Accreditation Bodies. This session will feature an overview of Internal Audits and Tools for Meeting the Requirements.

PART 1:

  • Pre-audit documentation
  • In-audit documentation
  • Post-audit documentation


Session Facilitator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Environmental
NEFAP Executive Committee Regency B
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.

Committee Chair: Kirstin Daigle, Pace Analytical Services
Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee Milwaukee
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.

Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH

12:00-1:00
Lunch on Your Own 



1:00-5:00
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Milwaukee

EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (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 scientifi cally rigorous, statistically sound, and representative measurements; and
  • Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.


Session Chairs: Tom O’Farrell, USEPA and Michael Delaney, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (Retired)

1:00-3:00
Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (LASEC) Regency B
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.

Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

1:00-5:00
Mentor Session: Internal Auditing Tools of the Trade, Part 2 Regency A

TNI hosts a Mentor Session at each of TNI's semi-annual meetings to share information on topics of interest to laboratories and Accreditation Bodies. This session will feature an overview of Internal Audits and Tools for Meeting the Requirements.

PART 2: Workgroup Activities

  • Activity 1 - Create an internal audit checklist for a designated section of the standard. Presentation on How to Effectively Use
    Checklists
  • Activity 2 - Develop the questions or auditing techniques that will enable evaluation of the items on the list
  • Activity 3 - Provide examples of "proof of compliance" for checklist items where some are weak in meeting the expectation and
    some are strong. Have the group determine which are which and evaluate the weak examples as to how it could be strengthened.
  • Activity 4 - Report or Audit Closure documentation.


Session Facilitator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Lancaster Environmental

3:30-5:00
NELAP Accreditation Council Regency B
The purpose of this program is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories.

Committee Chair: Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania DEP
Information Technology Committee Crystal Room
The Information Technology Committee is responsible for providing recommendations as to the design and content of the TNI website, managing the TNI's Laboratory Accreditation Management System, and maintaining TNI databases such as technology codes, method codes and analyte codes.

Committee Chair: Mei Beth Shepherd, Shepherd Technical Services, LLC

5:30-7:00
Reception and Exhibition Atrium