The Quality Assurance (QA) unit is responsible for establishing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) program for environmental sampling and analyses performed by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality Laboratory Section. The QA/QC unit is dedicated to ensuring that environmental data operations are of a quality that meet or exceed requirements for informed decision making. This unit is responsible for providing information, guidance and expertise in quality control and regulatory compliance issues.
A well conceived quality assurance program provides a sound framework for the generation of laboratory data that is scientifically valid, representative and legally defensible. The validity and reliability of the data generated by the Laboratory Section are assured by adherence to rigorous QA/QC protocols. The fundamental elements of the Laboratory Section's QA program include Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), quality control practices, performance testing samples, internal and external audits and an ethics policy.
Data Remark Codes for use with Coalition Data (revised 3/10/2011)