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- BOD/CBOD Seeding 101
- Proficiency Testing
- Microcystins: A Lab Perspective
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- Basic Sample Collection and Handling
- Quality Assurance Key Practices for Your Lab
- Basic Laboratory Techniques
- Charting for QC Data
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- Basic Sample Handling Guidelines
- Preparing for an On-Site Audit
- IDNR Water Supply Rules Updates
- Wastewater Update
Kathleen A. Lee
Lab Certification Authority
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0034
Laboratory Certification Program Coordinator
State Hygienic Laboratory
2220 S. Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023-9093
For assistance in locating a lab, please contact Kathy Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-725-0343.
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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) certifies environmental laboratories throughout the United States for the Clean Water Act, wastewater, drinking water, solid waste or contaminated sites and underground storage tank environmental programs. The SHL provides technical support as the laboratory appraisal authority.
Certification in Iowa is a two-year fee-based system based upon the major analytical groups within each environmental program. When certified, the laboratory is certified for a specific method and for a specific analyte or analyte group. The program also provides the opportunity to become certified for a specific analyte group across multiple environmental programs. For example, a lab may acquire certification for IOCs within the wastewater, drinking water and contaminated sites programs at a reduced fee.
Applying for Certification
Laboratories wishing to become certified should contact the department certification officer directly. A complete application form tailored to the laboratory's needs is sent to the laboratory. A complete application must include copies of all Proficiency Testing for each method analyte to be certified.
Once a completed application is received, it takes approximately 60 days to process and issue a certificate. Labs cannot begin reporting results to IDNR until the certificate has been issued. Any samples analyzed and/or reported before the date of certification will be rejected by the IDNR data management system and place the client at risk of receiving a monitoring violation.
- To retain full certification, the laboratory must:
- Report data to the department in the manner and frequency defined by the environmental program area: See Reporting Results To IDNR
- Report only environmental data for the method and the analyte for which they are certified.
- Annually submit acceptable performance testing results on blind performance testing samples for all analytes.
- Notify DNR of changes in essential personnel within 30 days as listed on the certification document.
- Notify DNR of major changes in equipment and facilities, or other changes that might alter analytical capability.
Laboratory Certification is for a two-year period from the date of certification. Ninety days prior to that expiration date, the IDNR will issue a lab-specific application package, based upon prior certification parameters. Sent by the Hygienic Lab, the application package and fees must be returned within 30 days of receipt to the IDNR certification officer.
The applicant/laboratory is encouraged to contact the IDNR certification officer for all issues relating to the certification. The laboratory may contact the State Hygienic Laboratory appraisal officer and staff for technical questions. All applications forms, fees and documentation must be submitted to the IDNR certification officer. The IDNR forwards all pertinent information to SHL.
Reciprocal certification may be granted to non-resident laboratories for environmental
analysis provided they meet the same criteria as resident laboratories.