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Winter 2014

News

Updated List of Approved Independent Assessors and Scopes

The MNELAP Selection Committee reviewed additional independent assessor applications and provided MNELAP with two recommended approvals. MNELAP accepted the recommendations of the Selection Committee. The two assessors, Maurice Downer and Julie Snelling, completed the MNELAP Orientation Training and are approved MNELAP Assessors in the areas indicated on the updated list of approved assessors.

Two of the current MNELAP approved assessors successfully completed the EPA Certification Officer Training. John Gumpper is now approved to assess inorganic, metals, organic, and microbiology in drinking water, and Jack Farrell is now approved to assess inorganic and metals in drinking water.

The updated list of approved independent assessors and assessment organizations can be found on the MNELAP website on the Assessment Information page.

Assessment Information

New Selection Committee Members Needed

Minnesota Statutes 144.98 requires a selection committee for the purpose of recommending approval of qualified laboratory assessors and assessment bodies. Committee appointments begin on January 1st and end on December 31st of the same year. If you or someone you know is interested in representing one of the constituencies for 2015, please contact Lynn Boysen at lynn.boysen@state.mn.us and include the name of the interested person, the represented constituency, and the contact information. The current represented constituencies on the committee are:

  • Municipal Laboratory
  • Commercial Laboratory- Instate
  • Commercial Laboratory - Outstate
  • Non-Governmental Client of environmental laboratory
  • Industrial Laboratory
  • Professional Organization with interest in environmental lab data and accreditation
  • MNELAP

MNELAP Staff Changes

Susan Wyatt, long time Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Manager, has departed the Minnesota Department of Health for a position in another state. Susan worked with the Minnesota Department of Health, Public Health Laboratory for sixteen years, and in that time she held the roles of Laboratory Assessor, Program Manager, and Supervisor.

In addition, Stephanie Drier has also departed from the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. Stephanie worked for the Accreditation Program as an assessor and as the Quality Systems Officer for eight years. Stephanie remains with the Minnesota Department of Health and is now working as the Organic Chemistry Supervisor within the Environmental Laboratory Section of the Public Health Laboratory.

Lynn Boysen has taken on the role as ELAP Coordinator and remains available to you to provide guidance, technical assistance or to answer any questions you may have regarding the MNELAP accreditation process. Feel free to contact Lynn at 218-332-5164 or by email at lynn.boysen@state.mn.us with any questions you have and we will try to accommodate your needs as best we can during our transition to a new organizational structure.

September 2014

News

Don't forget! It's time to renew your laboratory's MNELAP accreditation

The ELDO system is now available for laboratories to apply to renew their accreditation. To ensure no lapse in your laboratory accreditation you must submit a completed application to the MDH Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MNELAP) on or before October 31st of each calendar year. Please plan accordingly to allow enough time for completing the online application form, uploading documents and requesting payment from your financial office.

New Fields of Testing (FOTs) Added

MNELAP recently added approximately 800 new pre-associated fields of testing (FOTs) to its application.  All the previous pre-associated FOTs are still available for accreditation. When completing the renewal application, please ensure that you choose the method and version that meets your clients’ requirements. If you have any questions on the correct method/version to choose, please check with your client (e.g. MPCA, EH) before submitting your application.

Available FOTs

Secondary Accreditation

If your laboratory is applying for secondary accreditation through Minnesota, please ensure that you upload your most recent assessment report and scope and certificate from your primary accreditation body as well as all other required documentation.  The assessment report, scope, and certificate must be uploaded into the additional document module in ELDO.

Application Questions

Lynn Boysen will be available to answer your specific application questions every Thursday, beginning October 2nd through October 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  MNELAP will attempt to respond within three business days to application questions received at other times then during this designated period. Please call Lynn at 218-332-5164 or email at lynn.boysen@state.mn.us

Trainings Available

How to Use ELDO

If you are new to the ELDO system, or need a refresher, MNELAP recommends that you review the ELDO on-demand training presentations and/or review the ELDO User Guide. The ELDO on-demand training presentations are broken into modules describing the steps of the application process and responding to a Corrective Action finding.

ELDO On-Demand Training

ELDO User Guide

Chromatography Course
Minnesota Chromatography Forum is offering a new 3-day course in St. Paul, September 16 -18, 2014, titled Practical GC/MS.

Practical GC/MS Information and Registration

Data Integrity and Ethics Course
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is offering a free webinar on September 16, 2014 titled Ethics and Data Integrity for Environmental Labs.

Ethics and Data Integrity Course Information and Registration 

July 2014

News

Applications Now Being Accepted for Third Party Individual Assessors and Assessment Organizations

MNELAP is now accepting applications from assessment organizations and individual assessors interested in performing environmental laboratory assessments for compliance with our state laws and rules, including the 2003 NELAC Standard and the 2009 TNI Standard.

The application forms and information are posted on the MNELAP website at:

MNELAP Assessor Information

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. (Central) on August 7, 2014.

Please feel free to distribute this notification to others who may be interested.

National Conference Announcement

The TNI Semiannual Meeting, Forum on Laboratory Accreditation, is being held August 4 - 8, 2014 in Washington D.C. The conference information has been added to the MNELAP Upcoming Events page.

Upcoming Events

Comment Period TNI Working Draft Standards

Pursuant to TNI SOP 2-100 (Procedures Governing Standards Development), any stakeholder or stakeholder group is invited to submit written comments on working draft standards. The following draft standards are open for comment: V1M4 (Calibration), V1M6 (Radiochemistry), V4 (Proficiency Testing). The working draft standards can be found under the news banner on the NELAC Institute website.

The NELAC Institute

May 2014 - Amended

News

New Analyte List

MNELAP just posted an updated Analyte List on the website under Tools/Resources and then Analytes & FOTs Available. The update added abamectin, bifenazate, bifenthrin, carbaryl, cypermethrin, diazinon, myclobutanil, paclobutrazol, permethrin, resmethrin to the list of analytes available for accreditation. The update is effective as of May 27, 2014.

List of Analytes Available for Accreditation (PDF: 59KB/13 pages) 

Updated List of Approved Independent Assessors and Assessment Organizations

The MNELAP Selection Committee has reviewed additional independent assessors’ and assessment organizations’ applications and has provided MNELAP with the list of recommended approvals. MNELAP accepted the recommendations of the Selection Committee.

The updated list of approved independent assessors and assessment organizations can be found on the MNELAP website on the Assessment Information page.

Assessment Information

All laboratories issued accreditation with MNELAP must complete an onsite assessment and make all corrective actions at least once every 24 months. Laboratories must only use approved assessors from the MNELAP published list. 

If you have more questions about selecting an assessor, you can contact Lynn Boysen at 218-332-5164.

January 2014

News

Applications Now Being Accepted for 3rd Party Individual Assessors and Assessment Organizations

MNELAP is now accepting applications from assessment organizations and individual assessors interested in performing assessments for compliance with our state laws and rules, including the 2003 NELAC Standard and the 2009 TNI Standard. 

There are two application forms: 

Assessor Application and Instructions (PDF: 145 KB/9 pages)

Assessor Application and Instructions (Word: 91 KB/9 pages)

Assessment Organization Application and Instructions (PDF: 125 KB/8 pages)

Assessment Organization Application and Instructions (Word: 87 KB/8 pages)

Approved assessors and assessment organizations will have to read and sign the MDH Data Practices and Data Security Checklist for Contractors.

MDH Data Practices and Security Checklist for Contractors (PDF: 125 KB/7 pages)

Applications are due by 2:30 p.m. (Central) on February 12, 2014.

The Minnesota Statutes amendments include provisions for approval of employees of state or federal agencies with established agreements for mutual assistance or recognition with MDH. Therefore, state and federal employees should not use this application process.

After review of the applications, the selection committee will report their recommendations to the MNELAP. MNELAP will post a list of qualified assessors and organizations on its web page and send notifications to applicants. Approvals for assessors and organizations may extend from the date of notification/posting through December 31, 2014. Please note that meeting the qualifications and requirements does not guarantee acceptance as an assessor.

Please feel free to distribute this notification and the attached forms to others who may be interested. This announcement and the application forms are also posted on the MNELAP website at:

MNELAP Assessor Information

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