The Office of Quality Assurance (OQA) certifies approximately 800 laboratories granting nearly 125,000 certifications each year. Certification is offered through both the state Environmental Laboratory Certification Program and the state run National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.
The OQA also administers the Department’s Quality Assurance Program. It has the responsibility to ensure that environmental data is generated, compiled and reviewed using specific quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) procedures. These procedures help to ensure that data is of documented quality and suitable for its intended use.
These QA/QC requirements are based on Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 31 and 35 which lists both general and specific requirements for a state’s environmental program and acceptable quality assurance for federally funded programs.
What We Do
The Office of Quality Assurance performs the following activities to ensure certification is granted in accordance with the state Environmental Laboratory Certification Program and/or the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program:
- Review certification applications
- Audit and approve of a laboratories’ quality system and technical methodologies
- Review data
- Annual recertification
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