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Specific steps leading to the establishment of an Environmental Quality Assurance Program in an analytical laboratory are enumerated and discussed. Aspects of a model Quality Assurance Program that applies fundamental principles and methods to selected laboratory instrumentation and analytical protocols for the attainment of accurate, reliable results are reviewed. Discussion includes specific factors such as method validation, certification, sample handling, security, documentation, and continuing data assessment.
Objectives and problem areas characteristic of newly implemented programs, such as building a data base, interim control limits, reference standards, and categorizing and prioritizing prospective control areas, are included in the discussion.
EPA, quality assurance, quality control, control limits, chain-of-custody, sample, acceptance criteria, rejection criteria, management, security, data assessment
Quality Assurance Specialist, UBTL Division, University of Utah Research Institute, Salt Lake City, UT