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Good Laboratory Practices: A History of EPA Regulations and How They Created the Environmental Testing Industry


In 1969, environmental testing in the US was relegated to academic research, some limited wastewater testing for operational parameters such as BOD, and some ambient water quality monitoring by public health agencies. That all began to change in 1970 with the formation of the USEPA. The next 10 years would see the development of significant laws and EPA regulations that fundamentally changed environmental monitoring and created an environmental testing industry. This presentation will discuss each of these regulations, what kind of testing they require and how each EPA program office approaches the use of test methods within the regulation.


Laboratory Assessors, Data Users, Quality Managers, Laboratory Managers

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain awareness of how EPA regulations developed.
  • Be able to discuss the difference between various EPA programs.
  • Understand how test methods are approved and used in each EPA program.

$35 for TNI members and $50 for non-members
$150 group rate (5+ students) for TNI members, $175 group rate (5+ students) for non-members

Note: No certificates are automatically provided with this training. A Certificate of Attendance may be purchased for $20 per person during registration. When you have completed the course, contact Suzanne Rachmaninoff at for your certificate.



Start Date:
Friday 4th December 2020, 12:00pm EST

2 hours

Presented By:

Judy Morgan and Jerry Parr

About the Presenter:
Jerry Parr is the Executive Director for The NELAC Institute and is the conference organizer for the National Environmental Monitoring Conference. He has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and has 40 years of experience in environmental analytical chemistry. Mr. Parr previously served on EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board, on the Board of the Environmental Sciences Section of ACIL and on several committees in the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference.

Judy Morgan has over 25 years of experience in environmental analyses and is responsible for the design and implementation of corporate programs for Quality Assurance, Safety, Ethics and Confidentiality, Green Initiatives and Waste Disposal/Minimization. A graduate of Austin Peay State University with a B.S. in Chemistry, Ms. Morgan also holds a M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from Western Kentucky University and has completed research at Vanderbilt University in environmental analysis. Ms. Morgan is a member of many professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, American Society for Quality and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She currently serves as a Technical Advisor for the City of Mt. Juliet Wastewater Committee. Ms. Morgan is a current member of the TNI Board and active on a number of TNI committees. She is the former Chairman of the EPA Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board and serves on the board for several other industry related organizations.