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Laboratory Certification Requirements

  1. Use methods specified in the EPA Drinking Water Regulations.

  2. Meet all Lab requirements, including a current Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan, specified in the EPA Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water.

  3. Maintain current administrative and analytical standard operating procedures that follow the format set out for the preparation of Standard Operating Procedures for Quality Related Documents.

  4. Employ both a Laboratory Director/Manager and a Quality Assurance Officer with the following qualifications:

    1.  Laboratory Director or Manager must have a bachelor's degree in science, managerial capability and experience, ability to analyze and interpret statistics involved in lab analysis, and a basic understanding of the methods that the lab employs.

    2.  The Quality Assurance Officer must have a bachelor's degree in science, training in quality assurance principles, at least one year of laboratory experience, a working knowledge of statistics involved in quality control of laboratory analysis, and a basic understanding of the standard operating procedures that the laboratory employs.

  5. Document that the laboratory has analyzed a proficiency testing (PT) sample with acceptable results for each test method for which certification is requested within the last 60 days.  The PT's must be purchased from a PT provider approved by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The approved PT provider must send results of the PT samples directly to the DHHS Licensure Unit representative.

  6. The laboratory must submit a completed application and the required documentation as indicated on the instructions checklist.  Be sure to include all required documents with the application and checklist. 

The following forms are required forms for Laboratory Certification.  You may print them and fill them out and mail them in with all other required documents.  If you are unable to print these documents you can request a Laboratory Certification Packet by calling (402) 471-2122.

  1. Application for Certification of Drinking Water Testing Laboratories for Nebraska

  2. Attestation of Compliance;

  3. Instructions and Checklist for Certification

  4. Personnel for Certification Matrix-Methods-Analytes;

  5. Quality Assurance Manual Checklist

  6. List of Matrix, Method, and Analyte Certification Requested

The following manual may help you in your certification process.

EPA - Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water (Criteria and Procedures Quality Assurance)

EPA - Guidance for Preparing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) - EPA QA/G-6

Reporting of Sample Analytical Results from Outside Laboratories to Nebraska's Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS), ( pdf format) ( rtf format)