Chapter 62-160, F.A.C. – Quality Assurance Rules
What is the effective date of
the Quality Assurance rule?
The effective date of the Quality Assurance Rule is December 3, 2008.
What does the "Effective
The revised QA rule is "official" as of December 3, 2008. All
documents cited in the rule also become effective on this date. For example, the
revised DEP SOP documents, "Standard Operating Procedures for Field Activities"
and "Standard Operating Procedures for Laboratory Activities" are also effective
Note: The revision date for the revised DEP SOPs is March 31, 2008. This is
not the effective date.
What is different about the
See the summary of 2008 QA rule changes.
Who is affected by the rule?
The QA rule applies to all entities that participate in the process
of generating environmental data. This process includes, but is not limited to:
field activities (e.g., sample collection, sample preservation, field
measurements, site evaluation); sample handling, including storage or transport
of samples (except common carriers); laboratory activities (e.g., sample
receipt, sample analysis, data review, data validation); additional data review,
summarizing or data presentation activities; and, other service activities that
might impact data quality, such as providing sample containers, instrument
calibration services, reagents and standards, etc (except commercial vendors).
Are there exemptions to the
new Rule requirements?
Programs, projects, studies or activities pertaining to air quality,
meteorology, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric noise, electric and magnetic
fields or air pollutant emissions, and having no requirements for monitoring
contamination of soil, water, or tissue are excluded from the scope of the QA
rule. These excluded activities include those specified in DEP rules under
Chapters 62-204, 62-210, 62-212, 62-213, 62-214, 62-252, 62-296 and 62-297 (Air
Resources Management), F.A.C.
In addition, operations conducted under a Department permit, consent order,
direct contract or other written agreement with DEP, such as a Quality Assurance
Project Plan (QAPP), Sampling and Analysis Plan, or similar documents specifying
sampling, field-testing or laboratory analyses, must conform with the
specifications and requirements in those documents as well.
What changes were made to the
See the summary of DEP SOP changes.
Water Quality Standards Program
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road - M.S. 6511
Tallahassee, FL 32399