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Final step in new ELAP regulations completed

The State Water Board’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Regulations were filed with the California Secretary of State by the Office of Administrative Law on November 19, 2020 and will become effective on January 1, 2021. This completes the final step in the rulemaking process.

ELAP is committed to supporting the California laboratory community and helping laboratories succeed in transitioning to the new requirements. A compliance assistance initiative, the Roadmap to Accreditation, is underway with the goal of providing necessary tools, training, and time the community needs. Some highlights of this campaign include:

  • One-on-one transition appointments with ELAP staff to help chart a path to compliance for your laboratory

  • An intensive TNI documentation workshop to begin in 2021, with quality system policy and procedure templates for laboratories to use in developing their own documentation

  • An annual ELAP conference with dedicated compliance assistance sessions

  • A website with webinars, written information, and illustrative documents

If you have questions about this message, please email ELAP at

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