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Quality Assurance
 

The Quality Assurance (QA) Program for water, waste and resource management programs is managed by the Standards and Assessment Section (SAS) in the Bureau of Assessment and Restoration Support. The mission of the QA Program is to ensure that the environmental sampling and analysis data received by the Department is appropriate and scientifically sound and that the proposed procedures 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, and taxonomic identification (macroinvertebrates, algae, plants). 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.

QA Reports

QA Officer Resources

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

Associated QA Rule Documents

Quality of Science eNewsletter


Department Quality Assurance 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.

QAMP† - Quality Assurance Management Plan for the Department (PDF, 4MB 2003 Version)


Please contact Michael Blizzard for further information.

QA Home

QA Directive

QA Rule 62-160

DEP SOPs

QA Officer Resources

QAPP for 106 Programs

DEP SOP Training at TREEO Center

Biological Assessment QA

Bureau of Labs Quality Manual

Chlorophyll Methods

Labs for Taxonomic Analysis

Round Robin

The NELAC Institute (TNI)

TNI Certified Lab List

TNI Standards Page

Training Presentations

ADAPT Info

Last updated: July 26, 2012

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