Forum on Environmental Accreditation

Newport Beach, CA  •  February 2020


TNI Laboratory Quality Systems Expert Committee (Continued)
Plaza I

8:00-12:00

The Laboratory Quality Systems Committee develops a standard for implementing 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.


Committee Chair: Jessica Jensen, Meridian Analytical Labs

TNI Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee
Plaza II
8:00-12:00

The mission of this committee is 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 in Standard implementation; and to facilitate the implementation of the Standard.


Committee Chair: Rami Naddy, TRE Environmental Strategies, LLC

TNI Assessment Forum: Working with Third Party Assessors
Plaza III
8:00-12:00

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.

  • Introductions and Overview
  • Overview of the CA Assessment Program and What to Look for in an Assessor - Mitzi Miller - NV5
  • The ILAC Signatory Process and the TNI Approval Process - Credentials and Requirements
  • TNI Non-Governmental AB's (A2LA, ANAB, IAS, PJLA) will present services, assistance, procurement, and overall process
  • Panel Discussion - Q & A:  Moderator - Judy Morgan, LASEC/TNRC
    • Christine Sotelo - Program Chief - CA ELAP
    • Nick Slawson - A2LA
    • Zaneta Popovska - ANAB
    • Mohan Sabaratnam - IAS
    • Tracy Szerszen - PJLA

Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

Lunch Provided
Amphitheater
12:00-1:00

TNI Laboratory Proficiency Testing (PT) Expert Committee Open Forum
Plaza I
1:00-3:00

This special session is designed to allow attendees to bring issues up to the PT Expert Committee for consideration, including topics such as:

  • PT Reporting Limit and PTRL Scoring,
  • Feedback on the new PT Standard,
  • PT Analysis as a "routine" sample.

Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH

TNI Proficiency Testing Program (PTP) Executive Committee
Plaza I
3:30-5:00

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.


Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, CA State Water Resources Control Board

TNI Microbiology Expert Committee
Plaza II
1:00-3:00

The Microbiology Expert Committee is responsible for Module 5 of the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Standard.


Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach EML

TNI Mentor Session: Rule your Records! Quick and Easy Tips for Achieving Documentation/Record Compliance
Plaza III
1:00-5:00

Your Mentor Team will address concerns from labs of all scopes and sizes and present advice for simple ways that you can succeed!  Bring your own examples, questions, dilemmas for the group to discuss.

1:00 WHY this is important and the value it brings to the lab - Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing
1:30 WHAT documents and records mean - which is which, how are they different? - Silky Labie, ELCAT, LLC
2:00 QUESTIONS?? YOUR CHALLENGES??
2:30 HOW to maintain documents – Nick Straccione, EMSL Analytical, Inc.
3:00 Break
3:30 HOW to maintain records-continued - Pam Schemmer, Eurofins TestAmerica, and Michelle Wade, A2LA WorkPlace Training

Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing


8:00-12:00

TNI Laboratory Quality Systems Expert Committee (Continued) Plaza I

The Laboratory Quality Systems Committee develops a standard for implementing 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.



Committee Chair: Jessica Jensen, Meridian Analytical Labs
TNI Whole Effluent Toxicity Expert Committee Plaza II

The mission of this committee is 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 in Standard implementation; and to facilitate the implementation of the Standard.



Committee Chair: Rami Naddy, TRE Environmental Strategies, LLC
TNI Assessment Forum: Working with Third Party Assessors Plaza III

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.

  • Introductions and Overview
  • Overview of the CA Assessment Program and What to Look for in an Assessor - Mitzi Miller - NV5
  • The ILAC Signatory Process and the TNI Approval Process - Credentials and Requirements
  • TNI Non-Governmental AB's (A2LA, ANAB, IAS, PJLA) will present services, assistance, procurement, and overall process
  • Panel Discussion - Q & A:  Moderator - Judy Morgan, LASEC/TNRC
    • Christine Sotelo - Program Chief - CA ELAP
    • Nick Slawson - A2LA
    • Zaneta Popovska - ANAB
    • Mohan Sabaratnam - IAS
    • Tracy Szerszen - PJLA


Session Moderator: Judy Morgan, Pace Analytical Services

12:00-1:00
Lunch Provided Amphitheater



1:00-3:00
TNI Laboratory Proficiency Testing (PT) Expert Committee Open Forum Plaza I

This special session is designed to allow attendees to bring issues up to the PT Expert Committee for consideration, including topics such as:

  • PT Reporting Limit and PTRL Scoring,
  • Feedback on the new PT Standard,
  • PT Analysis as a "routine" sample.


Committee Chair: Nicole Cairns, New York State DOH
TNI Microbiology Expert Committee Plaza II

The Microbiology Expert Committee is responsible for Module 5 of the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Standard.



Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach EML

1:00-5:00
TNI Mentor Session: Rule your Records! Quick and Easy Tips for Achieving Documentation/Record Compliance Plaza III

Your Mentor Team will address concerns from labs of all scopes and sizes and present advice for simple ways that you can succeed!  Bring your own examples, questions, dilemmas for the group to discuss.

1:00 WHY this is important and the value it brings to the lab - Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing
1:30 WHAT documents and records mean - which is which, how are they different? - Silky Labie, ELCAT, LLC
2:00 QUESTIONS?? YOUR CHALLENGES??
2:30 HOW to maintain documents – Nick Straccione, EMSL Analytical, Inc.
3:00 Break
3:30 HOW to maintain records-continued - Pam Schemmer, Eurofins TestAmerica, and Michelle Wade, A2LA WorkPlace Training


Session Moderator: Dorothy Love, Eurofins Environment Testing

3:30-5:00
TNI Proficiency Testing Program (PTP) Executive Committee Plaza I

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.



Committee Chair: Maria Friedman, CA State Water Resources Control Board