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Requirements for Laboratory Certification/Certification Manual

This page contains the following requirements for certification:

  • Proficiency testing requirements
  • Certification manual
  • Statutes and Regulations

Proficiency testing requirements

In order to become ELAP certified, your laboratory must:

Demonstrate proficiency for all requested analytes listed in Certification Manual Item 316 below.  

Achieve passing scores in at least two (2) of three (3) consecutive proficiency tests performed at least fifteen (15) days apart.

At least one of the scores must be less than six (6) months old. Therefore, you may take any combination of the following actions:

  1. Submit your laboratory's proficiency test scores from analyses performed within the previous eighteen (18) months on samples from any of the NELAC/TNI Accredited providers.
  2. Purchase samples of each requested FoPT compound from one of the NELAC/TNI Accredited providers and have the provider submit your scores to the ELAP Office.
  3. Wait until the analytes are tested in the next regularly scheduled ELAP PT rounds found in Item 310 of the Certification Manual. Scores and certification data are released twenty-one (21) days after the study's close date.

Certification Manual

General Information Items 100 - 176

Fields of Accreditation Items 180 - 180.7

Methods and Analyses Items 198 - 199

Quality Assurance Plans and Records Items 200 - 236

Sample Collection and Field Analyses Items 241 - 249

Quality Control Requirement Items 271.1 - 280

Proficiency Testing Items 300 - 330

Statutes and Regulations

New York Public Health Law Article 5, Title 1 Subsection 502 Environmental Laboratories

  • Follow the link, click "PBH", click "Title 1" under "Article 5" and finally click "502"

Subpart 55-2 - Approval of Laboratories Performing Environmental Analysis

Subpart 55-3 - Environmental Laboratory Approval Fee (formerly, Item 170)