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The Importance of QC in an ELAP Laboratory


Laboratories: Get ready for the new California ELAP Accreditation Requirements

August 18, The 4th Webinar in the TNI/ELAP Series

The California State Water Resources Board has approved the new Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) regulations for accrediting environmental laboratories. This free 90-minute live webinar, the fourth in a series from the International Accreditation Service (IAS), will explain the importance of QC.


Overview of Webinar When asked, many analysts say they run QC samples because they are “supposed to.” Many test methods require specific QC samples to be run without providing a corresponding explanation for doing so.

This webinar will discuss the various types of QC measurements, use of QC and how to prepare each type, explain the rationale behind the frequency of analysis, using QC as part of method validation, trending data, the implication of the results concerning the batch/system/method and any quality documentation related to QC program establishment in an ELAP laboratory.


Overview of Syllabus:

  • Review of QC sample types

  • Proper preparation and analysis

  • Impact on data quality

  • Use of QC in method validation

  • Corrective actions/improving laboratory data quality/data trending

  • Examples from different technologies

  • Preparing and updating documentation required for quality control

Who Should Attend?

  • Laboratory Managers and Staff

  • Quality Assurance Officers

  • Technical Managers

  • Program Managers


This 90-minute webinar includes a Q&A session with the Instructor. About the Instructor

Tony Francis, PhD


Dr. Francis, an IAS instructor and assessor, has extensive experience in chemistry and biology. He is currently a principal with SAW Environmental (2004 to present). He was owner/operator of a large environmental laboratory in Nevada prior to becoming a full-time consultant. He performs and manages third-party laboratory audits for several states, QA/QC consulting to individual laboratories, and provides internal audits, data integrity training, and data validation to private and governmental laboratories. Dr. Francis is a contract assessor for IAS assessing laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 and various TNI Standards. He is a fully qualified NELAC assessor in organic and inorganic chemistry, microbiology, cryptosporidium, radiochemistry, solids, aqueous, tissue, and air. He is an EPA-approved drinking water certification officer in all areas available. Dr. Francis performs 30-40 audits per year. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Utah, 2003.

Date / Time Tuesday August 18, 2020, 9am - 10:30am Pacific Time Cost Free Additional webinar and login details will be sent once registration is complete.REGISTERQuestions: Email training@iasonline.org or call +1 562-364-8201  Did you miss the previous 3 ELAP Trainings? If you weren't able to attend the California ELAP Webinars, you can watch them for free on our website at this linkQuestions About ELAP? Read the IAS FAQ for California ELAP Regulations in the Important Documents section of our ELAP webpage. Questions About Accreditation? If you have questions about applying for accreditation with IAS, please contact Duncan Millar at dmillar@iasonline.org or 562-364-8201. Also, visit IAS online at www.iasonline.org

Complete Training Schedule for 2020 View all the IAS training courses that are currently planned this year.  About IAS

  • Headquartered in Brea, California, IAS is ideally located to serve labs in California. 

  • A Non-governmental Accreditation Body, with the largest scope of accreditations recognized by TNI.

  • A signatory member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), IAS also provides lab accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025.

  • Providing accreditation services since 1975. 

  • Our goal is to meet your accreditation needs and provide an excellent experience.

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