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TNI Semiannual Meeting: Forum on Laboratory Accreditation

The NELAC Institute 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.

Louisville, KY

Forum on Laboratory Accreditation
January 27-30, 2014
Hyatt Regency Louisville
Louisville, KY

Future Meetings
August 4-8, 2014, Washington, DC
February 2-5, 2015, Crystal City, VA

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 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 Forum will include:

  • An assessment forum
  • Meetings of all TNI committees
  • A special session on accreditation of laboratories that test for cryptosporidium; and
  • A meeting of EPA's Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)

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Monday, January 27

 

Room 8:15 10:00 10:30 12:00 1:30 3:00 3:30 5:00 5:30
Regency North Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) Break TNI Annual Meeting Lunch on your own   Break      
Regency South A Overview of TNI Programs and Activities   Use of Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies for NELAP Use of Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies for NELAP  
Regency South B TNI Committee Chair Training   Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee  
Regency Center     Laboratory Quality Systems Committee Laboratory Quality Systems Committee  
Regency Prefunction       Reception and Exhibition

 

Monday, January 27

 

8:00 – 10:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB)

Regency North

 

Session Chairs:  Lara Phelps, USEPA, Office of the Science Advisor and Patsy Root, IDEXX Laboratories, Representing Laboratory Product Developers

 

The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is managed in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to solicit consensus advice on issues such as:

-       Enhancing EPA’s measurement programs; and

-       Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program.

 

All ELAB meetings are open to the public.

 

Overview of TNI Programs and Activities

Regency South A

 

The NELAC Institute (TNI) is a non-profit organization with a mission is to foster the generation of environmental data of known and documented quality through an open, inclusive, and transparent process that is responsive to the needs of the community. Among other activities, TNI manages the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP), a program internationally recognized as the gold standard for ensuring the competency of environmental testing laboratories.  Over 2,000 US laboratories have been accredited under this program. TNI also manages the National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP), a program that accredits Field Sampling and Measurement Organizations (FSMOs).  TNI is a voluntary consensus standards body accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

TNI Committee Chair Training

Regency South B

 

This free training course is designed to provide information for committee chairs, committee members, and any others interested in the operation of TNI committees.

 

BREAK

10:00 – 10:30

 

10:30 – 12:00 TNI Annual Meeting

Regency North

 

This session will highlight 2013 activities of TNI programs and discuss plans for 2014.

·         Consensus Standards Development Program

·         National Environmental Field Activities Program

·         National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

·         Proficiency Testing Program

·         General and Administrative

 

12:00 – 1:30

Lunch on your own

 

1:30 – 5:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

TNI Laboratory Quality Systems Committee

Regency Center

 

Committee Chair:  Paul Junio, Northern Lake Services

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.

TNI Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee

Regency South B

 

Committee Chair:  Stacie Metzler, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

 

The purpose of the Proficiency Testing (PT) Executive Committee is to establish and maintain a national PT program to support a national environmental accreditation program.

 

Use of Non-Governmental Accreditation Bodies for NELAP

Regency South A

 

Moderator: Alfredo Sotomayor, Wisconsin DNR

 

TNI’s Non-Governmental Accreditation Body Working Group has developed preliminary 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.

 

BREAK

3:00 – 3:30

 

Sponsored by BT LIMS

 

5:30 – 7:00

Reception and Exhibition

 

Regency Prefunction

 


 


Tuesday, January 28

 

Room 8:00 10:00 10:30 12:00 1:00 2:45 3:15 5:00
Regency South A Radiochemistry Expert Committee Break Radiochemistry Expert Committee Lunch Provided   Break    
Regency South B Cryptosporidium Program Cryptosporidium Program Microbiology Expert Committee Microbiology Expert Committee
Regency Center Proficiency Testing Expert Committee Proficiency Testing Expert Committee NELAP Accreditation Council NELAP Accreditation Council
Kentucky Suite Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Committee Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Committee Radiochemistry Expert Committee Radiochemistry Expert Committee

 

 

8:00 – 12:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

Cryptosporidium Program

Regency South B

 

This special session is being held to discuss options for transitioning EPA’s laboratory approval program for the analysis of cryptosporidium into NELAP.

 

Proficiency Testing Expert Committee

Regency Center

 

Committee Chair: Shawn Kassner, Phenova

 

The mission of the Laboratory Proficiency Testing Committee is to develop standards for the

 –development and testing of PT samples;
– evaluation of PT Providers;
– evaluation of PT Provider Oversight Organizations; and

 – use of PT samples by laboratories and  laboratory accrediting bodies.

 

Radiochemistry Expert Committee

Regency South A

 

Committee Chair: Bob Shannon, Quality Radioanalytical Support, LLC

 

The mission of this committee is to maintain the radiochemistry standard (TNI Environmental Sector Volume 1, Module 6) based on public input; to provide technical assistance on issues related to radiochemistry; and to develop tools that facilitate the implementation of the standard.

 

Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Committee

Kentucky Suite

Committee Chair:  Maria Friedman, TestAmerica, Inc.

 

 The Stationary Source Audit Sample (SSAS) Committee develops consensus standards for the manufacture and analysis of air proficiency testing for source emission testing.

 

BREAK

10:00 – 10:30

 

 

12:00 – 1:00     LUNCH PROVIDED

Regency North

 

1:00 – 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

 

NELAP Accreditation Council

Regency Center

 

Council Chair:  Aaren Alger, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

 

The purpose of this program is to establish and implement a program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories.

 

Microbiology Expert Committee

Regency South B

 

Committee Chair: Robin Cook, City of Daytona Beach

The mission of this committee is to maintain the microbiology standard (TNI Environmental Sector Volume 1, Module 5) based on public input; to provide technical assistance on issues related to radiochemistry; and to develop tools that facilitate the implementation of the standard.

 

Radiochemistry Expert Committee (Continued)

Kentucky Suite

 

BREAK

2:45 – 3:15

 

Sponsored by Astoria-Pacific

 


 


Wednesday, January 29

 

Room 8:00 10:00 10:30 12:00 1:00 3:00 3:30 5:00
Regency South A Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee Break Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee Lunch Provided National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee Break National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee  
Regency South B Assessment Forum Assessment Forum Assessment Forum Assessment Forum
Regency Center Chemistry Expert Committee Chemistry Expert Committee Chemistry Expert Committee Chemistry Expert Committee
Kentucky Suite Field Activities Committee Information Technology Committee Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee Advocacy Committee

 

 

8:00 – 10:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

Assessment Forum

Regency South B

 

Session Moderator:  Jack Farrell, Analytical Excellence, Inc.

 

The Laboratory Accreditation Systems Executive Committee hosts an Assessment Forum at each TNI’s semi-annual meeting to share information on topics of interest related to laboratory assessments.  

 

AGENDA 

Practicing Root Cause and Corrective Action

Microbiology QA/QC Requirements

New Standards Interpretation Process & Resolution of SIRs

Wastewater Resources Guidance


Chemistry Expert Committee

Regency Center

 

Committee Chair:  Richard Burrows, TestAmerica, Inc.

 

The Chemistry Expert Committee is chartered to develop measurement tools to improve the quality of method information, understanding, and flexibility.  This includes measurement tools for the calculation of limits of detection (LOD), limits of quantitation (LOQ), calibration curves, and other related values with the most common and diverse techniques.

 

Field Activities Committee

Kentucky Suite

 

Committee Chair:  Justin Brown, Environmental Monitoring and Technology

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

Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee

Regency South A

 

Committee Chair: Judy Morgan, ESC Lab Sciences

 

The mission of the Executive Committee is to manage TNI's efforts in supporting a national program for the accreditation of environmental laboratories. Activities of the Committee include developing and establishing policies and procedures, interpretations, guidance documents, and any related tools used by accreditation bodies to implement NELAP.

 

BREAK

10:00 – 10:30

 

10:30 – 12:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

Assessment Forum (Continued)

Regency South B

 

Chemistry Expert Committee (Continued)

Regency Center

 

Information Technology Committee

Kentucky Suite

 

Committee Chair:  John Kuhn, JEA, Retired

 

The Information Technology Committee provides recommendations for 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.

 

Laboratory Accreditation System Executive Committee (Continued)

Regency South A

 

12:00 – 1:00     LUNCH PROVIDED

Regency North

 

1:00 – 5:00 Concurrent Sessions

 

Assessment Forum (Continued)

Regency South B

 

Chemistry Expert Committee (Continued)

Regency Center

 

National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) Executive Committee

Regency South A

  

Committee Chair:  Kim Watson, Stone Environmental

 

The National Environmental Field Activities Program (NEFAP) involves the recognition of accreditation bodies for the accreditation of field sampling and measurement organizations (FSMOs) as defined in the TNI field activities standards.  The NEFAP Executive Committee is responsible for the recognition of accreditation bodies to ensure consistent implementation of the TNI field activity standards.

 

1:00 – 3:00

 

Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee

Kentucky Suite

 

Committee Chair:  Joe Aiello, New Jersey DEP

The Laboratory Accreditation Body Committee develops the standard for operation of laboratory accreditation bodies.

BREAK

3:00 – 3:30

 

3:30 – 5:00

 

Advocacy Committee

Kentucky Suite

 

Committee Chair: Steve Arms, Florida Department of Health

 

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

 

5:30 – 7:00

 

TNI Committee Member Reception

Spire

 


 


Thursday, January 30

 

Room 8:00 11:00 11:15 12:00 1:00 5:00
Regency South Advocacy Committee   General Session: Committee Reports Lunch on your own Department of Defense Quality Systems Manual Training  
Regency Center Mentor Session: Meeting TNI Standard Requirements in the Microbiology Laboratory      
Kentucky Suite Consensus Standards Development Program Executive Committee      

 

 

 

8:00 – 11:00  Concurrent Sessions

 

TNI Advocacy Committee (Continued)

Regency South

 

Consensus Standards Development Program Executive Committee

Kentucky Suite

 

Committee Chair:  Bob Wyeth, Independent Consultant

 

The purpose of this program is to develop consensus standards for use by TNI’s accreditation and proficiency test programs.

 

Mentor Session:  Meeting TNI Standard Requirements in the Microbiology Laboratory

Regency Center

 

Moderator, Betsy Kent, Reedy Creek Improvement District

 

11:15 – 12:00

 

General Session:  Committee Reports

Regency South

 

Moderator: Sharon Mertens, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

 

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch on your own

 

1:00 – 5:00

Department of Defense Quality Systems Manual Training

Regency South

The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) presents the final version 5.0 of the Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories. The QSM provides baseline requirements for the establishment and management of quality systems for laboratories performing analytical testing services for the DoD. This version will be used to accredit all DoD-ELAP laboratories with the goal of complete compliance within the next two and a half years.


The table below summarizes registration fees:

Symposium Registration1

TNI Member

Non-Member1

Full Conference
$425
$495
One Day
$175
$220

Notes:
1. You can join TNI and pay the TNI member rate.

The registration includes a continental breakfast Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, a buffet lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and a reception on Monday evening.

Download the conference brochure (PDF, 1.7MB)

You may register using our on-line registration system or by completing the registration form (PDF).

Hyatt Regency LouisvilleHyatt Regency Louisville

311 South 4th Street
Louisville, Kentucky, USA 40202
Tel: +1 502 581 1234

www.louisville.hyatt.com
(for general hotel information only)

Special advance registration rates of $100 per night (Single or Double) can be obtained before January 7, 2014.

Booking Website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/nelacinstitute2014

Discover the center of downtown entertainment - Fourth Street Live; directly connected to the Hyatt hotel. Stroll to a wide range of shopping, dining, and nightlife options. Explore famous Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, or iconic baseball equipment at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Take a day to follow the history and allure of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail, or spend some time at the Muhammad Ali Center. Art lovers, history buffs and sports fans alike will find a variety of entertaining activities just minutes from our contemporary hotel in the heart of the city.

Transportation

From Louisville Regional Airport (8 miles):
Taxi fare from the airport to is approximately: $20 one way

Sandollar Airport Shuttle available. Cost is $15.00 from Airport to hotel, $10.00 from hotel to Airport.

Downtown Trolley:  Free


As in previous years, we are providing opportunities to exhibit at this meeting and/or sponsor an activity. The conference will run from Monday through Thursday with the exhibit program beginning at the break on Monday morning and concluding after the break on Tuesday afternoon.

  • As in past years, the exhibit program will include a reception on Monday evening in the exhibit area.
  • The continental breakfast on Tuesday and refreshment breaks both Monday and Tuesday will be in the exhibit area. There are also opportunities for you to sponsor any of the breaks or the lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

You can register online at: http://www.regonline.com/TNI-Lville14Ex.