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Value Added Internal Audits


Course Description:

Laboratory professionals sometimes view internal audits as a necessary task performed to meet accreditation requirements. However, internal audits are a useful tool for ensuring conformance to approved methods, assessing analysis quality, and evaluating staff competence and training. By engaging all staff members in the audit process, the end result is improved productivity, throughput, and data quality.

The presentation will discuss both why and how to perform an internal audit with special emphasis on method compliance audits. It will introduce audit checklists that can be customized for use in the attendee's laboratory. It will also include a case study on how an internal audit identified weaknesses in a laboratory's operations and the steps taken to correct them.

The course includes several case studies demonstrating how internal audits identified opportunities to improve productivity and compliance with standards. It also includes a sample audit template that can be customized for use in the attendee's laboratory.

Expected Benefit of Training:

Following the presentation, attendees should understand that internal audits provide more value than just checking off an another requirement for lab certification. They will also be able to customize the provided templates for use in their individual laboratories.

Learning Objectives:

Completion of this course will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools necessary to perform successful internal audits:

  • Knows how internal audits can be used to improve laboratory performance.
  • Knows how to prepare for an internal audit.
  • Knows how to develop an audit checklist.
  • Knows how to do an Audit follow-up.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for Quality managers, Lab managers, Technical managers


$75 for TNI members
$90 for non-members

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No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Completion (CoC) ($30 per person) or Certificate of Attendance (CoA) ($20 per person) may be purchased during or after registration or webcast purchase. A passing score of at least 70% must be received on the exam in order to receive CEUs and a CoC. Scores of less than 70% will receive a Certificate of Attendance at no reduced fee. For a CoA you will not need to take the quiz and you will not receive CEUs. To receive your certificate, contact Paul Junio at [email protected] with date of purchase and date of training completion. See FAQs for additional information.


About Webcasts: Upon receipt of your payment, you will receive a special link by e-mail to watch the webcast on your computer. The link is time-limited: you will have full access to the webcast and any associated handouts for 6 months after receipt of payment, at which time the link will expire. Webcasts cannot be downloaded; they are intended for viewing on your computer only during the 6-month window. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Taunton at [email protected].

2 hours

CEUs: 0.2

Presented By:

Mary Johnson

About the Presenter:
Mary Johnson, a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, was the long time Laboratory Manager at Four Rivers Sanitation Authority. She is a past chair of WEF’s Laboratory Practices Committee and currently represents WEF on the Environmental Monitoring Coalition. She is also a member of the Illinois WEA’s Laboratory Committee and holds an Illinois Class I Wastewater Operator Certificate.