Revisions to the DEP QA Rule (62-160, F.A.C.)
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is revising the DEP
Quality Assurance Rule, 62-160, F.A.C.
Revisions were also made to the documents incorporated into the Quality Assurance Rule, including the DEP SOPs,
“DEP Standard Operating Procedures for Field Activities” (DEP-SOP-001/01) and “DEP Standard Operating Procedures for Laboratory Activities”
DEP-SOP-002/01).These proposed revisions also include changes to other documents incorporated by reference into the rule.
Summary of Proposed Revisions
In summary, the proposed revisions are intended to address routine updates
and enhancements to the QA Rule and the above incorporated documents, and will
generally provide for clarification and improved flexibility. The current round
of revisions are the result of stakeholder comments and additional research
which have been incorporated into the draft documents since the public workshops
held in October 2011 and September 2012. The comment period has now
Note about SOPs for Biological Procedures
DEP SOP subparts associated with the BioRecon, Stream Condition Index, and
Lake Vegetation Index (and Associated Primers) were reorganized and revised in
association with Numeric Nutrient Criteria (NNC)
rulemaking, and finalized on 10/24/11 for Rules 62-302 and 62-303, F.A.C. These
SOPs, which are incorporated by reference into Rules 62-302 and 62-303, F.A.C.,
will be incorporated by references in the QA Rule (62-160, F.A.C.) once its
revisions are finalized. At a later date, Rules 62-302 and 62-303, F.A.C., will
be modified to reflect that the SOPs are part of the QA Rule (62-160, F.A.C.).
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