Field Lab Certification
Laboratories analyzing environmental samples for only the following parameters may apply for field lab certification. This includes laboratories analyzing only the following parameters for others and charging a fee.
Initial Application Process
The following must be returned to this office as part of the application package.
After a complete review of the application package, the auditor assigned to the applicant lab may arrange for the initial on-site inspection of the laboratory's analytical capabilities. The auditor may require evidence of remedial action for any findings cited during the on-site visit prior to proceeding with the application process.
Once the auditor is satisfied that all requirements have been met, the auditor will send the lab an invoice for the appropriate fee. The fee schedule established in 15A NCAC 2H .0806 is as follows for Field Laboratories.
Upon receipt of payment, a certificate will be awarded with the NC WW/GW LC certificate number and a certificate attachment detailing the parameters and methods within the scope of the laboratory's certification. Certification expires each year on December 31.
Maintenance of Certification
During subsequent years, laboratories must obtain acceptable results on PT samples for each parameter on their certificate. The graded results must be received in this office on or before September 30. Each laboratory is also subject to announced or unannounced inspections and must send a written corrective action response to inspection reports within the time allotted. Anytime there is a change in laboratory name, address, location, ownership, management (supervisor or manager), telephone number, methodology, reporting limits or major equipment, the laboratory shall notify this office in writing or by submitting an amendment to certification application within 30 days of the effective date of change.
Renewal of Existing Field Lab Certification
Approximately 45-50 days before a lab's certification expires, the NC WW/GW LC program will send the lab a notice of renewal letter and an invoice for the following year's certification fees. Annual fees must be paid within 60 days of receipt of the invoice.