Request for Comments on the Draft Standard V1M5 Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis; Quality Systems for Microbiological Testing

Date Posted: 8-9-2021

Request for Comments on the Draft Standard Environmental Laboratory Sector Volume 1 Module 5, Management and Technical Requirements for Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis; Quality Systems for Microbiological Testing

The TNI Microbiology Expert Committee is providing for your review and comment the following documents:

  • A Draft Standard for EL V1M5 that has been modified consistent with the Committee’s Notice of Intent to Modify (NOI) this module. The existing Standard for microbiological testing was finalized in 2016. The proposed Draft Standard (DS) was updated to improve clarity and ease of use by laboratories. (click here to view PDF)
  • A Word file containing a Summary of Proposed Changes with Justification for those changes (click here to download)

The comment period will be open for ninety (90) calendar days, in accordance with recent revisions to the Consensus Standards Development SOP 2-100, located at https://nelac-institute.org/docs/sop-policy/SOP-2-100-Rev3.4-CSDP-StandardsDevelopment-1-19-21-FINAL.pdf.  The NELAP Accreditation Council may request a thirty (30) day extension of this comment period.  Please send your comments and proposed revised text to both Cody Danielson (cody.danielson@deq.ok.gov) and Ilona Taunton (ilona.taunton@nelac-institute.org), the Program Administrator (PA) for the Microbiology Expert Committee. All comments will be tracked by the PA and you will be notified of the committee’s response to your comment after all comments are considered and addressed if they are deemed persuasive.

You are invited to provide comments on any portion of the Draft Standard, as you see fit. We do ask that you provide alternative wording that would address your concern whenever possible. As with prior revisions of TNI standards, all comments will be ruled either persuasive, non-persuasive, or editorial by the committee, and addressed accordingly. If substantive or controversial changes are required to the Draft Standard, a revised Draft Standard will be re-presented for public comment.