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TNI Semiannual Meeting: Forum on Laboratory Accreditation

The NELAC Institute (TNI) hosts two regularly scheduled meetings per year, typically in January and August. Both are a week long and involve open meetings of the TNI committees as well as training courses and other special sessions. The summer meeting is held in combination with the National Environmental Monitoring Conference.

Forum on Laboratory Accreditation
August 4-8, 2014
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.

Future Meetings
February 2-5, 2015, Crystal City, VA
July 13-17, 2015, Chicago, IL

With over 250 attendees, the Forum on Laboratory Accreditation is the only conference that brings laboratories, regulatory agencies, data users, sampling firms, and many other organizations to discuss cutting-edge changes in environmental laboratory accreditation and future directions in policy that will have a national impact. In addition to the committee meetings and general sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to attend technical training courses, see the latest products and services in the industry and be able to network with peers.

Who should attend?

  • State and federal officials concerned about data quality
  • Data users
  • Laboratories (e.g., commercial, industrial, municipal, state and federal)
  • Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations
  • Quality managers

Why should you attend?

The Forum offers attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas, findings, and recommendations in a professional setting. The strong and diverse program will address a number of timely issues that affect data quality. Training sessions will be offered in conjunction with the meeting. A vendor exhibition will bring the latest in technology and services to the attendees.

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We are pleased to invite you to the Forum on Laboratory Accreditation, the principal conference for addressing policy and technical issues affecting the accreditation of environmental laboratories and other organizations involved in generating environmental data.  The August 2014 Forum will focus on implementation of recommendations from the Accreditation Body Task Force, proposed changes to the laboratory standards, and updates to the proficiency test program.

The Forum will feature open public meetings of all TNI committees to allow quality professionals, chemists, analysts, microbiologists, engineers, and managers from federal and state agencies; commercial, municipal, state and federal laboratories; and many others who are actively involved and interested in accreditation issues to review what has been done and participate in the efforts to establish a national program for environmental laboratories. The August 2014 Forum will include:

  • An assessment forum
  • A mentoring session
  • Meetings of all TNI committees
  • A meeting of EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)
  • A special session of the future of laboratory accreditation

    The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC)

    The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC), held concurrently with TNI's summer meeting, is the largest conference focused on environmental measurements in North America! The conference brings together scientists and managers from federal and state agencies, the regulated community, academia, and laboratory and engineering support communities. NEMC features presentations, posters, training, exhibits, and networking opportunities. Since 2006, NEMC has been co-sponsored by TNI under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The technical program is organized by a committee of environmental experts from government, academia, and private industry to bring together a balance of technical and policy topics for each year's symposium that are of interest to all. The conference was initiated in 1985 as part of EPA's efforts to foster a partnership among the Agency, the regulated community, the public, state regulatory agencies, and the other members of the monitoring community. More information about NEMC can be found at www.nemc.us.

     

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Monday, August 4

Keynote Address
8:00                         Welcome
Lara Phelps, USEPA Office of Science Advisor

8:15     Keynote Address: Using Dogs to Sense Diabetic Hypoglycemia
Mark Ruefenfacht, Founder, Dogs4Diabetics.

TNI Chemistry Expert Committee
9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Richard Burrows, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.

The mission of this committee is to improve the technical quality of environmental testing methodologies by providing tools (e.g., detection, quantitation, calibration) that assure the quality of data, which may be adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies.

AGENDA
9:00         Draft Standard for Calibration and Limit of Detection

10:00       BREAK
10:30       Draft Standard for Calibration and Limit of Detection (continued)


TNI Information Technology Committee

9:00  – 10:00

Committee Chair:  John Kuhn, JEA (Retired)

The Information Technology Committee provides recommendations as to the design and content of the TNI website, manages the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Management System (LAMS), and maintains TNI databases such as technology codes, method codes, and analyte codes.

AGENDA
9:00     LAMS Webinar
9:30     Methods Compendium


TNI Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee

10:30  – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Jeff Flowers, Flowers Chemical Laboratories, Inc,
The Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee develops the standard for operation of laboratory accreditation bodies.
AGENDA

  • Generic Laboratory Application
  • Third Party Assessor Credentials

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch Provided
Lunch Address: The Future of Analytical Instrumentation
Dave Kennedy, Phenomenex


TNI Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee

1:00 – 5:00

Committee Chair:  Maria Friedman, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.

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.

AGENDA

  • Committee Accomplishments
  • Fields of Proficiency Testing (FOPT) Subcommittee Updates
    • Chemistry and Solid Waste
    • Microbiology
  • Updated SOP Presentations
    • TNI Proficiency Testing Program (PTP) Dispute Resolution Procedure
    • PTP Executive Committee Voting Process
    • FoPT Table Management(draft)
  • PT Program Concerns and other Issues

 


Tuesday, August 5

Keynote Address
8:00                         Welcome
Ilona Taunton, The NELAC Institute

8:15     Keynote Address: 19th Century Innovations for 21st Century Exposures: How Crayons, Paper, and Citizen-based Science Can Revolutionize Our Field
John Volckens, Associate Professor, Colorado State University


TNI
Assessment Forum
9:00 – 12:00
Capitol B

Session Moderator:  Barbara Escobar, Pima County

The Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee hosts an Assessment Forum at each of TNI’s semi-annual meeting to share information on topics of interest related to laboratory assessments.   The morning session will feature a panel of well-known and respected representatives of EPA’s drinking water, wastewater, and resource conservation and recovery program offices, along with a representative of Standard Methods.  Each panelist will give an update on their respective area, and then the panel will address pre-planned questions in a free-flowing discussion format.  The Tuesday afternoon session will also be a panel of accreditors and assessors addressing The Changing Face of Accreditation. 

9:00     Intro/Objectives/Agenda/Ground Rules

Panel on Methods Updates

9:05     Daniel P. Hautman        Drinking Water Methods
9:20     Adrian Hanley              Wastewater Methods
9:40     Lemuel Walker             Wastewater Methods

10:15   BREAK

10:30   Kim Kirkland                SW-846
10:45   Andy Eaton                  Standard Methods                   

11:00   Q & A Discussion for Panel Members  


TNI Chemistry Expert Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Richard Burrows, TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc.

The mission of this committee is to improve the technical quality of environmental testing methodologies by providing tools (e.g., detection, quantitation, calibration) that assure the quality of data, which may be adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies.

AGENDA
9:00         Working Draft Standard for Limit of Quantitation

10:00       BREAK
10:30   Working Draft Standard for Limit of Quantitation (continued)


TNI Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Shawn Kassner, Phenova

The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards for:
a. the development and testing of PT samples,
b. evaluation of PT Providers,
c. evaluation of PT Provider Oversight Organizations
d. use of PT samples by laboratories and laboratory accrediting bodies.

AGENDA

9:00     Voting Draft Standard (VDS), Volume 1

10:00   BREAK

10:30   Voting Draft Standard (VDS), Volume 2


TNI Microbiology Expert Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach

AGENDA
9:00    Introductions and summary of recent activity
9:30    Module 5 revisions, general

3:00   BREAK

10:30   Module 5 revisions, Emphasis on Cryptosporidium / Giardia and New technologies. 


Lunch Provided

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch Address: Assessing the Impact of the Charleston, WV Freedom Industries Spill on the Public
Jeff Rosen, Corona Environmental Consulting


TNI
Assessment Forum: (Continued)
1:00 – 5:00

Session Moderator:  Barbara Escobar, Pima County

AGENDA 
1:00    Panel on the Changing Face of Accreditation:
Stephen Arms – Florida DOH
Lynn Boysen – Minnesota DOH
Jack Farrell – AEX, Inc.
Douglas Leonard – Laboratory Accreditation Bureau
Mitzi Miller – Dade Moller Associates, Inc.
Matthew Sica – ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board

3:00     BREAK

3:30     Mitzi Miller – Accreditor Differences in Implementing and Reporting Audits
4:30     Wrap-up
Evaluations and Future Topics Discussed.        


TNI Laboratory Proficiency Testing Expert Committee (Continued)

1:00 – 5:00

Committee Chair:  Shawn Kassner, Phenova

AGENDA

1:00     Voting Draft Standard (VDS), Volume 3

3:00 BREAK

3:30     Voting Draft Standard (VDS), Volume 4


TNI
Field Activities Committee
1:00  – 3:00

Committee Chair:  Justin Brown, Environmental Monitoring and Technology

The Field Activities Committee develops standards for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMO).

AGENDA

  • Mobile Lab Subcommittee update
  • FSMO Tools Review
  • Guidance on Sample Containers

TNI National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee
3:30 – 5:00

Committee Chair:  Kim Watson, Stone Environmental

The purpose of National Environmental Field Activities Program Executive Committee is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMOs).

AGENDA

  • Update on New Standard
  • Advocacy Update
  • Work on SOP Updates
  • Training procedure Review - Suggestions for training of ABs and FSMOs
  • Comments from attendees

 


Wednesday, August 6

PLENARY SESSION The Future of Environmental Monitoring
8:00 – 12:00
Columbia AB

8:00           Welcome
Earl Hansen, The NELAC Institute

8:15           Introduction to Session
Lara Phelps, USEPA Office of the Science Advisor
                   
8:30           EPA Perspective
Gina McCarthy, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

9:15           NOAA Perspective
Richard Spinrad, Chief Scientist, National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration

10:00   BREAK

10:30         DOD Perspective
John Conger, Deputy Under Secretary for Installation and Environment, Department of Defense

11:15         USGS Perspective
Bill Werkheiser, Associate Director for Water, U.S. Geological Survey


LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

12:00 – 1:00

OR

Attend a Free Lunch Seminar with

Agilent Technologies: Advances in Elemental Analysis Technology for Environmental Testing Labs
Regency B

OR

FMS Corporation:  Streamline your Sample Preparation Process
Regency D

OR

Waters Corporation: Atmospheric Pressure Gas Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (APGC-MS/MS) - an Alternative Analytical Tool for Chemical Warfare Agents, Explosives, and other Related Compounds in Environmental Matrices
Regency C


TNI Special Session: The 2015 Laboratory Standard

1:00 – 5:00
Columbia B

1:00 Status of Standards: Consensus Standards Development Executive Committee

  • Proficiency Testing (V1M1, V2M2, V3, V4)
  • Quality Systems (V1M2, V1M3, V1M7)
  • Chemistry (V1M4)
  • Microbiology (V1M5)
  • Radiochemistry (V1M6)
  • Laboratory Accreditation Body (V2M1, V2M3)

1:45 Standards Review Process: Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee

3:00 BREAK

3:30 Standards Adoption Process: NELAP Accreditation Council

4:00 Implementation Plans

4:30 Next Steps


TNI Mentor Session

1:00 – 5:00

Session Moderator: Betsy Kent, Reedy Creek Improvement District

1:00 – 1:30       Introductions, Rules, Disclaimer

1:30 – 2:30       Training Records…What’s in Your Files?
Catherine Katsikis, Laboratory Data Consultants

2:30 – 3:00 Questions and Discussion

3:30 – 4:15       Water Microbiology; To QC or Not to QC, That is the Question
Gil Dichter, IDEXX Laboratories

4:15 – 5:00       Questions and Discussion


Spirit of Washington Boat Cruise

6:30 – 9:00 PM


 


Thursday, August 7

 

Keynote Address
8:00           Welcome
Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute

8:15     Keynote Address: The Future of Environmental Monitoring,
Raj Rajagopal, Professor of Geography, University of Iowa


TNI Conference Planning Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Jerry Parr, The NELAC Institute

The Conference Planning Committee plans the semi-annual meetings of TNI.

AGENDA

  • 2014 Environmental Measurement Symposium Recap
  • 2015 Crystal City Meeting
  • Future Winter Meetings
  • 2015 Environmental Measurement Symposium - Chicago


TNI Non-Governmental Accreditation Body Task Group

9:00 – 12:00

Task Group Chair: Alfredo Sotomayor, Wisconsin DNR

TNI’s Non-Governmental Accreditation Body Task Group has developed final plans for allowing non-governmental accreditation bodies to accredit laboratories to the TNI standard. This special session is designed to solicit feedback on the proposed plan.


TNI Radiochemistry Expert Committee

9:00 – 12:00

Committee Chair:  Robert Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support

The mission of this committee is to improve the technical quality of radiochemical testing by providing standards (e.g., detection, quantitation, calibration, quality control, method validation) that assure the quality of data, which may be adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies.

AGENDA
9:00     Module 6: Section 1.7 – Technical Requirements
- Instrument Calibration
- Quality Control for Radiochemistry
- Data Acceptance/Rejection Criteria
- Sample Handling 

10:00   BREAK

10:30   Continue Work on Module 6: Section 1.7 – Technical Requirements


Lunch Provided

12:00 – 1:30


TNI Advocacy Committee

1:00  – 3:30

Committee Chair: Steve Arms, Florida Department of Health

The Advocacy Committee is charged with promoting the efforts of TNI nationally.

AGENDA

  • Highlights from the DC meeting
  • Newsletter assignments
  • Handbook for laboratory practices
  • Exploring the Future of National Accreditation 

TNI Laboratory Quality Systems Committee
1:00 – 4:00

Committee Chair:  Paul Junio, Northern Lake Service

The Laboratory Quality Systems Committee develops a standard for the 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.

AGENDA

1:30    Introduction, Committee Roster/Membership Opportunities
1:45    Quality Manual Template v. 2009 TNI Standards
3:00    BREAK
3:30    Small Lab Handbook v. 2009 TNI Standards
4:45    Feedback / Tweaks / Closing


TNI Radiochemistry Expert Committee (Continued)

1:00 – 4:00

Committee Chair:  Robert Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support

AGENDA

1:00     Continue Work on Module 6: Section 1.7 – Technical Requirements

3:00     BREAK

3:30     Continue Work on Module 6: Section 1.7 – Technical Requirements


TNI Plenary Session: Committee and Program Reports

4:00 – 5:00

TNI Board Chair: Sharon Mertens, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

The NELAC Institute Board of Directors supervises, controls, and directs the affairs of TNI; determine its policies; and actively pursues its mission.

AGENDA

  • Consensus Standards Development Program
  • National Environmental Field Activities Program
  • National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • Proficiency Test Program
  • Stationary Source Audit Sample Program
  • Administration and Support
  • NGAB Task Group
  • Advocacy
  • Conference Planning
  • Information Technology

TNI Committee Members Reception
6:15 – 7:00

 

 


Friday, August 8

 

TNI Special Session on the Future of Laboratory Accreditation
8:00 – 2:00

Moderator:  Steve Arms, Florida Department of Health

Led by the efforts of the Advocacy Committee, TNI is currently in the process of re-evaluating its approach to maintaining and growing the national accreditation program. As we “take stock,” TNI is examining what is working as well as what is not working for states, EPA, laboratories and various other stakeholders. To begin gathering the information needed to chart a new course, TNI staff has interviewed representatives from twenty-one (21) Non-NELAP states and received a broad range of ideas, some new and some not-so-new. Using this information as a starting point, TNI hosted a webinar on July 17 to continue soliciting input from the stakeholder community. This workshop will present the results from the survey and webinar and then breakout groups will brainstorm solutions to the issues identified.

Moderator:  Steve Arms, Florida Department of Health

8:00     Re-cap of purpose and background of the project
8:30     Summary of issues identified by non-NELAP states
9:00     Summary of issues identified by other stakeholders
9:30     Identification of key issues/barriers to national accreditation

10:00   BREAK

10:15   Breakout sessions on key issues/barriers for brainstorming solutions

12:00   Lunch Provided

1:00     Report back to full group on breakout discussion

2:00     Adjourn

 

TNI Radiochemistry Expert Committee (Continued)
8:00 – 3:00

Committee Chair:  Robert Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support

AGENDA

  • Continue Work on Module 6: Section 1.7 – Technical Requirements


Scientific Integrity in Federal Agencies: Lessons from the Environmental Protection Agency

8:00 – 12:00


The table below summarizes registration fees:

Symposium Registration1

Full Conference

Daily

Attendee Registration
$495
$215
Participant2
$375
$165
EPA Employee
$300
$140
Student
$170
$70

Notes:
1. Symposium registration includes participation in all meetings, all printed materials, continental breakfasts, and lunches Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Three free vendor-sponsored lunches are also available on Wednesday.
2. A Participant is an NEMC Session Chair, a speaker at NEMC, or a member of a TNI Committee or Board.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cannot attend, notification must be received by August 1, 2014. You may either send a substitute or receive a refund, less a $75 administrative fee.

Special Events

Wednesday Lunch Seminars

Our meeting sponsors are hosting 3 lunch seminars on Wednesday. You can be on your own for lunch that day, or attend one of these free lunch seminars:

  • Agilent Technologies: Learn about Advances in Elemental Analysis Technology for Environmental Testing Labs
  • FMS Corporation: Streamline your Sample Preparation Process
  • Waters Corporation: TBA
 

Spirit of Washington Boat Cruise


Join your fellow attendees on Wednesday evening for a dinner cruise on the Potomac River from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A nominal $25 fee will apply. Sign up here.


You may register now using our on-line registration system.


You may also register by completing the registration form (PDF) and sending to:

The NELAC Institute
PO Box 2439
Weatherford, TX 76086
FAX: 817-623-4777
Email: jerry.parr@nelac-institute.org



Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., USA 20001
Tel: +1 202 737 1234

www.hyattregencywashington.com
(for general hotel information only)

Special advance registration rates of $167 per night (single) can be obtained by calling the hotel directly before July 11, 2014 or using our secure on-line registration system (click here).

 

Discover our historic city from Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Enjoy easy access to all the attractions of our nation's capital from our ideal location in the heart of this popular downtown neighborhood. Walk to The Smithsonian and the National Mall, tour government centers, visit monuments and museums - all just minutes from our Capitol Hill hotel. Within in our inviting accommodations, you'll find gracious service, deluxe amenities, extensive business facilities – among the largest in the city - plush Grand Beds and tempting dining.

Transportation

From/To Ronald Reagan National Airport:
Taxi: Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area. Fare is approximately $14 - $18 (10-20 min).

Metro Subway: Take the Yellow/Blue line from the airport to the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop. Transfer to the Red line to Union Station (2nd stop). The Union Station Metro stop is located three blocks from the hotel. Fare is approximately $1.35-$1.75 (20-25 min).


As in previous years, an exhibition will occur during the conference.  Exhibit hours will be from 5:30 pm on Monday, August 4 (i.e., opening coincides with the start of the Opening Reception) though 3:30 pm on Wednesday, August 6 (i.e., closing coincides with the end of the Wednesday afternoon break).

For more information about the Exhibit program, click here or contact the NEMC Exhibit Coordinator, Joel Holtz at joeleholtz@yahoo.com.