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Information regarding laboratory certification requirements for field laboratories can be found here.
Information regarding laboratory certification requirements for non-field laboratories can be found here.
Lists of certified laboratories may be found here.
The NC WW/GW LC program strives to assist laboratories and laboratory analysts in improving the quality of the environmental data they produce and to help bring them into compliance with state and federal regulations. Look for training and outreach opportunities here.
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Find information about the 2015 Proposed Laboratory Certification Rule Revision by clicking here.
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Laboratory Certification Branch
Dana Satterwhite - Branch Chief
Telephone: 919-733-3908, ext. 202
Additional Contact Information for the Water Sciences Section and an organizational chart can be found here.
You can find information about the 2015 Laboratory Certification Proposed Rule Revision here.
NC Wastewater/Groundwater Laboratory Certification
The North Carolina Wastewater/Groundwater Laboratory Certification (NC WW/GW LC) program is a branch of the Water Sciences Section, and serves as a vital component in the effort to ensure the quality of analytical data used for regulatory purposes by various programs within the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Various Divisions within DENR rely on the services of the NC WW/GW LC program to support a multitude of scientific, regulatory and administrative decisions.
The NC WW/GW LC program operates pursuant to authority contained in G.S. 143-215.3(a)(1) and 143-215.3(a)(10). It is a fee-supported program managed by the Division of Water Resources (DWR) Water Sciences Section (WSS). The rule governing laboratory certification is North Carolina Administrative Code, 15A NCAC 2H .0800.
The program certifies approximately 700 environmental laboratories in North Carolina and throughout the United States under the following categories:
Efforts to improve the quality of monitoring data rank among the most important functions of the NC WW/GW LC staff. In addition to certification, staff also provide technical support and training to environmental laboratory personnel to assist in improvement of laboratory operations, quality systems and understanding of the framework of regulatory requirements which govern laboratory operations.
Initial Application Procedures
Information regarding initial application to the program can be found at the following links:
Field laboratory certification applies to laboratories, its agents or employees seeking to analyze samples for field parameters only. These parameters include Total Residual Chlorine, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Settleable Residue and Temperature. Field commercial certification applies to a laboratory, its agents or employees seeking to analyze field parameters only for others for a fee.
Non-field laboratory certification applies to Municipal, Industrial, Commercial and Other laboratories, its agents or employees seeking to analyze parameters beyond the scope of field parameters. Commercial certification applies to a laboratory, its agents or employees seeking to analyze parameters, beyond the scope of field parameters, for others for a fee.
Lists of certified laboratories may be found at the following link:
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