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Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance (QA) system for the DEP water, waste and resource management programs is coordinated by the Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section of the Water Quality Standards Program. The mission of DEPís QA Program is to ensure that the environmental sampling and analysis data used by the Department are appropriate and scientifically sound and that the procedures used to generate these data are designed to produce data that are reproducible, comparable, reliable, representative, and defensible within known limits of precision, accuracy and sensitivity. The Department's quality assurance requirements for analytical laboratories and field activities are codified in Chapter 62-160, Florida Administrative Code (QA Rule).

The QA Program provides technical guidance and support for sample collection and analytical tests related to chemistry, microbiology, toxicity, taxonomic identification (macroinvertebrates, algae, plants) and other bioassessment procedures. Excluded are sample collection and/or analytical tests related to air quality monitoring and asbestos. QA staff conduct various audits to determine compliance with the QA Rule and specific project data quality objectives, and provide assistance for implementing corrective actions for improving processes. Audits include on-site field and laboratory audits, as well as project audits on completed work to determine the reliability and usability of the data. QA staff assist in the development and review of Quality Plans for DEP work groups and programs to facilitate the implementation of quality systems throughout the Department. QA staff also review sampling and analysis proposals associated with grants, contracts and special projects to ensure that appropriate quality assurance procedures and criteria are incorporated into the scope of work, in compliance with QA Rule requirements and project data quality objectives. Our staff also provide training in a wide range of subjects including lab certification readiness, sampling project design, data review, data validation, auditing, and quality planning. QA staff also provide technical assistance to the Department community on matters relating to proper and appropriate methods for sampling, field testing procedures and instrument calibration, laboratory analysis, quality control requirements, and data interpretation.

Proposed Revisions to the Quality Assurance Rules and DEP SOPs

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a Notice of Proposed Rule for Chapter 62-160, F.A.C. (Quality Assurance) in the Florida Administrative Register on March 14th, 2017. This includes the incorporated DEP Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), published as the collections numbered DEP-SOP-001/01, DEP-SOP-002/01 and DEP-SOP-003/11, as well as other incorporated documents. We have developed a Revisions page, where you can view the draft revisions and responses to public comments.


QA Officer Resources

Chapter 62-160, F.A.C. Ė Quality Assurance Rules

Incorporated QA Rule Documents

Annual Quality Assurance Reports

Quality of Science eNewsletter

Department Quality Management Plan

The purpose of this plan is to document the DEPís quality systems and to provide a blueprint for how the Department will plan, implement, and assess its quality systems for the environmental work performed on behalf of, or funded by, the EPA.

Please contact Michael Blizzard for further information.

Water Quality Standards Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road - M.S. 6511
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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QA Home

QA Directive

QA Rule 62-160


QA Officer Resources

QA for Contracts and Grants

QAPP for 106 Programs

DEP SOP Training at TREEO Center

Audit Report List

Alternative Method Approvals

Biological Assessment QA

Chlorophyll Methods

List of Labs Certified by FDOH

Labs for Taxonomic Analysis

Round Robin

The NELAC Institute (TNI)

Training Presentations


Last updated: March 31, 2017

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