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The Environmental Protection Agency's Contract Laboratory Program (CLP) offers a unique opportunity to evaluate and validate new analytical methodologies under real-world conditions, utilizing the very laboratory community that will ultimately be using the methods. As a result of the established infrastructure and the laboratory resources available, the CLP has a viable system to test new methods with consistency and discipline. The CLP has established the Routine Analytical Services (RAS) and Special Analytical Services (SAS) programs which are both instrumental in methods testing and validation. The RAS program generates a large laboratory performance data base which is directly applicable to the evaluation of new analytical methods. The potential for utilizing the CLP for evaluating and validating new analytical methodologies is proven and should be utilized.
Routine Analytical Services (RAS), Special Analytical Services (SAS), Contract Laboratory Program (CLP)
Chief, the Analytical Support Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, Washington, DC,