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Environmental Health Division
Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MNELAP)
Minnesota laboratory accreditation program’s objective
Environmental laboratories conduct analyses of our air, water, soil and other materials. Clients of environmental laboratories include municipalities, consultants, public health officials and commercial entities. Analyses performed by laboratories are often used to determine compliance status with federal, state and local regulations. These analyses have a direct effect upon human health and the environment.
The Minnesota Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MNELAP) was established in 1989 to help ensure laboratories submit reliable and consistent data to Minnesota's various environmental programs. MNELAP offers accreditations designed to accommodate the needs of many state and federal environmental programs including testing required by the Underground Storage Tank Program, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
MNELAP develops procedures and requirements to ensure accredited laboratories produce accurate and precise test results. Accreditation requires the laboratory's quality systems, staff, facilities, equipment, test methods, records and reports to be evaluated. The 2009 Minnesota Statutes requires the commissioner to accredit laboratories against a national standard as adopted by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) of the NELAC Institute. Effective January 1, 2021 laboratories accredited by the department must comply with the 2016 TNI Standard, the current adopted standard for NELAP.
- Information about the environmental laboratory accreditation program and process to conduct analyses of air, water, soil and other matrices.
- Information for laboratories seeking accreditation to perform testing under the Safe Drinking Water Program, the Clean Water Program, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Program.
- Overview of the process, authority and listing of approved assessors.
- Strategies and tools for laboratory integrity and ethics training, detection and deterrence.
- A listing of upcoming events, standard modifications and training opportunities.
- A summary of known federal requirements and links to resources.
- A form to notify MNELAP about concerning laboratory activities or data quality issues.
- A detailed list of PT requirements for Laboratories and PT Providers.
- A summary of known state-specific information to assistant with conformance with client requirements.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest MNELAP activities, news and highlights.
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