Documents

General Information

Zipped UFP-QAPP worksheets to assist in preparation of the QAPP

Reports

Uncertainty Calculations (Excel Spreadsheet) (XLS)

Laboratory Control Sample Control Limits Study (PDF)

Contained in the DoD Quality Systems Manual are laboratory control sample limits (LCS-CL). These LCS-CLs were developed in a study based on empirical data collected from commercial environmental laboratories. The objectives of the Laboratory Control Sample Control Limits Study were to develop LCS-CLs which must be used by laboratories doing work for DoD and to establish objective benchmarks for analytical method performance to assist in evaluating the suitability of alternative methods.

 

DoD Best Practices for Data Quality Oversight of Environmental Sampling and Testing Activities (PDF)

The Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security (DUSD (ES)) chartered the EDQW to develop environmental sampling and testing policy for DoD. The DoD Best Practices for Data Quality Oversight of Environmental Sampling and Testing Activities, Final Report, May 1999, serves as the general EDQW framework strategy for developing this policy. The report was concurred upon by all DoD Components, and provided to both the DoD Inspector General (IG) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO).
 

November 2000 Implementation Status Report (PDF)

April 2002 Implementation Status Report (PDF)

Analytical Measurement Uncertainty Estimation For Environmental Sampling and Testing Data (DTIC # ADA396946) (PDF)

As ISO 17025 is integrated into the NELAC Quality Systems Standard, one of the new requirements for environmental laboratories is that they have and apply procedures for estimating the uncertainty of their measurements. When required, a statement of these uncertainties must be included in the analytical report. There are various approaches to estimating uncertainty with varying degrees of rigor and ease of application. Analytical Measurement Uncertainty Estimation For Environmental Sampling and Testing Data (DTIC # ADA396946), presents an approach for estimating analytical measurement uncertainty using existing data that are generated as part of routine laboratory quality control practices. Two tools available to help apply this approach to calculating uncertainty are a standard operating procedure and an excel spreadsheet.
 

Uncertainty Standard Operating Procedure (PDF)

Manuals

DoD Quality Systems for Environmental Laboratories (DoD QSM) FAQs-Version 5 (PDF)

The following document contains the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and corresponding answers that were generated during the April 2013 Web-based training. Recipients are still encouraged to provide us with any other questions they may have on QSM Version 5.0 via this website.
 

QSM Version 5.0 FINAL (PDF)

The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) presents the final version 5.0 of the Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories. The QSM provides baseline requirements for the establishment and management of quality systems for laboratories performing analytical testing services for the DoD. This version will be used to accredit all DoD-ELAP laboratories with the goal of complete compliance within the next two and a half years.
 

DoD Environmental Field Sampling Handbook (PDF)

The Department of Defense Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories Version 4.2 (PDF)

The Department of Defense Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories, provides implementation guidance on the establishment and management of quality systems for environmental testing laboratories that intend to perform work for DoD. This guidance is based on the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conferences (NELAC) Quality System requirements, which is consistent with ISO/IEC 17025, provides implementation clarification and expectations for DoD environmental programs. It is designed to serve as a standard reference for DoD representatives from all Components who design, implement, and oversee contracts with environmental testing laboratories.
 

DoD QSM 4.2 Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Policy

Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems (UFP) (PDF)

The Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems (UFP) provides requirements and guidelines to Federal agencies for documenting and implementing acceptable environmental quality systems. The policy was developed as a joint initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Energy (DOE) to ensure that: environmental data are of known and documented quality and suitable for their intended uses, and environmental data collection and technology programs meet stated requirements. The policy can be used as guidance for developing new quality systems or evaluating the adequacy of existing quality systems.
 

Memoranda

ADUSD Memo (PDF)

Documents

EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) (XLSX)

The EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) provides toxicity values that are used for site risk assessment and regulatory determination (MCLs). The EPA's schedule of additional assessments that are planned has been published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2012 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-05-07/html/2012-10935.htm The DoD has identified those analytes which are potentially critical to DoD sites and facilities and have newly developed toxicity values in IRIS, or IRIS values undergoing external review. The following database was generated to help identify the method capabilities currently available for these analytes. As IRIS assessments are completed and new IRIS values are published, the database will be updated to include any relevant analytes/new values. IRIS values and the EPA's Regional Screening Level (RSL) calculator have been used by the DoD to derive RSLs using a residential scenario.
 

Guide for Implementing EPA SW-846 Method 8330B (PDF)

Method 8330B introduces several concepts that are new or are a change from 8330 and 8330A. The objectives of the Guide for Implementing EPA SW-846 Method 8330B are to highlight those steps that represent a change from historical sampling and analytical methodologies, to provide recommendations as to the appropriate use of the concepts presented in Method 8330B, and to provide recommended minimum method QC requirements for laboratories performing Method 8330B.

 

Laboratory Control Sample Control Limits Study (PDF)

Contained in the DoD Quality Systems Manual are laboratory control sample limits (LCS-CL). These LCS-CLs were developed in a study based on empirical data collected from commercial environmental laboratories. The objectives of the Laboratory Control Sample Control Limits Study were to develop LCS-CLs which must be used by laboratories doing work for DoD and to establish objective benchmarks for analytical method performance to assist in evaluating the suitability of alternative methods.

 

Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems (UFP) (PDF)

The Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems (UFP) provides requirements and guidelines to Federal agencies for documenting and implementing acceptable environmental quality systems. The policy was developed as a joint initiative by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Department of Energy (DOE) to ensure that: environmental data are of known and documented quality and suitable for their intended uses, and environmental data collection and technology programs meet stated requirements. The policy can be used as guidance for developing new quality systems or evaluating the adequacy of existing quality systems.
 

DoD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW) Charter (PDF)

The DoD Environmental Data Quality Workgroup (EDQW), chaired by the Navy, continues to work effectively with the DoD Components to improve the quality of activities and programs involving the collection, management, and responsibilities of the EDQW as required by DODI 4715.15, Environmental Data Quality, dated December 11, 2006.
 

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