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NELAP-Recognized Accreditation Bodies

Although NELAP is a national program, state governmental agencies serve as Accreditation Bodies. States, which apply to NELAP to become an accreditation body, may select to operate an accreditation program which covers all of the EPA regulatory programs or as few as one. For example, many states may select to only accredit laboratories for chemistry and microbiology under the drinking water program. Other states may select to operate a comprehensive program, which includes all types of analyses for all types of media (i.e., hazardous waste, waste water, drinking water, air, soil, etc.) under the five EPA regulatory programs [i.e., Clean Air Act (CAA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)]. There is no requirement that a state incorporate any particular portion of the possible scope into its program. The scope of accreditation, the type of laboratory included under the state's program, including the regulatory or voluntary nature of the program itself, the assessment of fees, and the use of third party assessors are all options of the state.

A NELAP Accreditation Body will accept by recognition, the accreditation status of a laboratory issued by another NELAP Accreditation Body (this is called secondary accreditation). Each Accreditation Body must adopt and adhere to this principle as a condition of membership in NELAP. In accepting the accreditation status of a laboratory through recognition, the Accreditation Body assumes accreditation responsibilities as a secondary accreditation body.

A laboratory seeking accreditation must apply to its home state Accreditation Body for accreditation. However, if the Accreditation Body does not offer accreditation for testing in conformance with a particular field of accreditation (matrix-method/technology-analyte/analyte group), laboratories may obtain primary accreditation for that particular field of accreditation from any other NELAP Accreditation Body.


Map of Accrediting Bodies Florida Illinois Kansas Louisiana DHH Louisiana DEQ New Hampshire New Jersey New York Oregon Pennsylvania Texas Utah Virginia Minnesota

 

Listing of NELAP Recognized Accreditation Bodies


FLORIDA
Agency: Florida Department of Health
NELAP Representative: Mr. Stephen Arms    
Telephone: 904/791-1502
E-mail: steve_arms@doh.state.fl.us
URL: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/lab/EnvLabCert/WaterCert.htm
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2003 NELAC Standard as of February 2013, but not penalizing labs that choose to implement the 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints
: The departmental internet home page (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/) "Contact Us" link connects the user to forms for complaints and other types of feedback or these may be submitted on evaluation forms or by email. Complaints received about the certification program are routed to the Program Administrator.

ILLINOIS
Agency: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
NELAP Representative: Mr. Scott Siders
Telephone: 217/785-5163
E-mail: Scott.Siders@illinois.gov
URL: www.epa.state.il.us/labs/index.html
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2003 NELAC Standard as of February 2013

KANSAS
Agency: Kansas Department of Health & Environment
NELAP Representative: Mr. N. Myron Gunsalus, Jr.
Telephone: 785/291-3162
E-mail: ngunsalus@kdheks.gov
URL: www.kdhe.state.ks.us/envlab/index.html
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2003 NELAC Standard as of February 2013, but allows 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard where it is more stringent than 2003 NELAC

LOUISIANA
Agency: Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
NELAP Representative: Ms. Donnell Ward
Telephone: 504/219-4662
E-mail: donnell.ward@la.gov
URL: http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/490
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: Submit to Donnell Ward, donnell.ward@la.gov, 504-219-4667 or the LA DHH Laboratory Services Director, Stephen Martin, PhD, stephen.martin@la.gov, (504) 219-4664

LOUISIANA
Agency: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
NELAP Representative: Mr. Paul Bergeron
Telephone: 225/219-3247
E-mail: Paul.Bergeron@LA.GOV
URL:  http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/DIVISIONS/PublicParticipationandPermitSupport/
LouisianaLaboratoryAccreditationProgram.aspx

Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/ONLINESERVICES/OmbudsmanComplaintForm.aspx

MINNESOTA
Agency: Minnesota Department of Health
NELAP Representative: Ms. Susan Wyatt
Telephone: 651/201-5323
E-mail:  susan.wyatt@state.mn.us
URL: http://www.health.state.mn.us/accreditation
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Laboratory accreditation certificates indicate 2003 NELAC Standard.  Allows 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard where more stringent
Complaints: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/phl/accreditation/complaint_form.cfm
Also see MN ELAP's Feedback and Improvement Survey at https://survey.vovici.com/se.ashx?s=56206EE302F0B968

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Agency: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
NELAP Representative: Mr. Bill Hall
Telephone: 603/271-2998
E-mail:  george.hall@des.nh.gov
URL: http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/dwgb/nhelap/index.htm
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Moving towards the 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard and encouraging labs to implement that standard

NEW JERSEY
Agency: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
NELAP Representative: Mr. Joseph Aiello
Telephone: 609/292-3950
E-mail: Joseph.Aiello@dep.state.nj.us
URL: http://www.nj.gov/dep/oqa/
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Regulations cite 2003 NELAC Standard. As of February 2013, assessing to both 2003 NELAC and 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard, and providing findings for both standards

NEW YORK
Agency: New York State Department of Health
NELAP Representative: Stephanie E. Ostrowski, PhD
Telephone: 518/485-5570
E-mail: seo01@health.state.ny.us
URL: www.wadsworth.org/labcert/elap/elap.html
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2003 NELAC Standard as of February 2013, but encouraging labs to implement the 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: submit to elap@health.state.ny.us
or for confidential complaints, http://www.wadsworth.org/labcert/regaffairs/contactus.htm

OREGON
Agency: Oregon Public Health Division
NELAP Representative: Mr. Gary Ward, ORELAP Administrator
Telephone: 503/693-4122
E-mail: Gary.K.Ward@state.or.us
URL: www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/orelap/index.shtml
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard

PENNSYLVANIA
Agency: Department of Environmental Protection
NELAP Representative: Ms. Aaren Alger
717/346-8212
E-mail: aaalger@pa.gov
URL: www.depweb.state.pa.us/labs
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/about_dep/13464
For information about PA DEP official appeals process, visit http://ehb.courtapps.com/public/index.php

TEXAS
Agency: Commission on Environmental Quality
NELAP Representative: Ms. Alice Colt
Telephone: 512/239-3927
E-mail: alice.colt@tceq.texas.gov
URL: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/compliance_support/qa/
env_lab_accreditation.html

Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: Submit to labprgms@tceq.texas.gov

UTAH
Agency: Department of Health
NELAP Representative: Ms. Kristin Brown
Telephone: 801/965-2540
E-mail: kristinbrown@utah.gov
URL: http://www.health.utah.gov/lab/labimp/
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2009 TNI Environmental Laboratory Sector Standard
Complaints: The complaint process can start with the assessor and goes up the chain-of-command with the potential of being heard as part of adjudicative proceedings.

VIRGINIA
Agency: Department of General Services
NELAP Representative: Ms. Cathy Westerman
Telephone: 804/648-4480
E-mail: cathy.westerman@dgs.virginia.gov
URL: http://www.dgs.virginia.gov/dcls
Fields of Accreditation: download (Excel)
Accrediting to 2003 NELAC Standard as of February 2013
Complaints: Submit complaints to Lab_Cert@dgs.virginia.gov or Cathy.Westerman@dgs.virginia.gov