Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program

Advisory Committee

Main Committee Overview

The environmental laboratory accreditation program’s advisory committee consists of members selected by the Department. The Department selects members who represent various sectors of the environmental community. Committee members serve two –year, renewable terms at the discretion of the Department. Approximately one-third of the committee membership is replaced each year to encourage optimum participation by all interested parties. Persons interested in serving on the advisory committee should contact the program at health.mnelap@state.mn.us by September 1st of each year.

The committee members advise the program staff regarding proposed rule revisions and review selected guidance documents outlining the program’s interpretations of the rules governing environmental laboratory accreditation. The members may also provide suggestions to the program for development of tools for laboratories to use when implementing the rules. The committee meets quarterly to discuss rules and other technical issues affecting accredited laboratories. The initial meeting will be held at the Minnesota Department of Health’s Orville Freeman Office Building. The remaining meetings will use web-conferencing and may be attended through online registration. The MDH facility is located at 625 Robert Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. and typically last for one and a half hours. Dates and times are subject to change. The meetings are open to the public. The Department may choose to invite public input on agenda topics as they ensue and will limit the time for such discussions accordingly. The Department may allow outside presentations such as speakers, films, etc.

Charter and Membership

Advisory Committee Charter (PDF: 18KB/1 page)


Advisory Committee Roster (PDF: 12KB/1 page)


ELDO Workgroup - Coming Soon!
Data Integrity and Ethics Training Workgroup
Forms and Templates Workgroup
Regulatory Workgroup (ad-hoc) Coming Soon!

How to Participate

For more information on the Advisory Committee and the workgroups, please see the charters, meeting minutes, and information for how to get involved. The advisory meetings are open to the public; however, MN-ELAP provides the number of attendees and attendee names to Capitol Security in order to provide access to secured MDH facilities.

Directions to the MDH location at Freeman Building

For web casts and teleconferences, MN-ELAP must reserve an appropriate number of phone connections and provides the names of attendees to the meeting host at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

If the meeting host did not directly acknowledge your request to attend the meeting, please do not register using a meeting invitation forwarded to you by another individual. The program has reserved phone lines and meeting space to accommodate registered participants only. You may send a request to health.mnelap@state.mn.us if you wish to be included in a future session.

Meeting Materials

09/18/2012 Minutes (PDF: 519KB/14 pages)
07/10/2012 Minutes (PDF: 389KB/13 pages)
05/08/2012 Minutes (PDF: 513KB/18 pages)
10/11/2011 Minutes (PDF: 383/10 pages)
07/12/2011 Meeting canceled (MN State Government Shutdown)
04/05/2011 Minutes (PDF: 457KB/11 pages)

Updated Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 02:41PM