15A NCAC 02H .1110       IMPLEMENTATION

(a)  Each laboratory requesting state certification or certification renewal or recertification shall submit an application in duplicate to the Division.  Each application will be reviewed to determine the adequacy of personnel, equipment, records, quality control procedures and methodology.  After receiving a completed application and prior to issuing certification, a representative of the Division may visit each laboratory to verify the information in the application and the adequacy of the laboratory.

(b)  Analytical methods, sample preservation, sample containers and sample holding times shall conform to the methodologies specified in the Certification/Criteria Procedures Document.  Deviations from these methods are acceptable only upon prior written approval from the state laboratory.

(c)  In order to maintain certification, each laboratory will demonstrate satisfactory performance on evaluation samples submitted by the Division.  These will be required no more than three times annually of certified laboratories for each parameter certified.

(d)  In order to receive and maintain certification the following minimum criteria must be met:

(1)           The supervisor of an aquatic toxicology or biological survey laboratory must have a minimum of a B.S. degree from an accredited college or university in a biological science or closely related science curriculum and at least three years of cumulative laboratory experience in aquatic toxicity testing or aquatic biological survey, as appropriate, or a M.S. degree in a biological or closely related science and at least one year of cumulative laboratory experience in aquatic toxicity testing or aquatic biological survey, as appropriate.

(2)           All laboratory supervisors are subject to review by the Division. One person may serve as supervisor of no more than two laboratories.   The supervisor is to provide direct supervision and evaluation of all technical personnel and is responsible for the proper performance and reporting of all analyses.  Upon absence, the supervisor shall arrange for a suitable substitute capable of insuring the proper performance of all laboratory procedures.  Existing laboratory supervisors who do not meet the minimum requirements may be accepted after review by the Division if they meet all other certification requirements and previous performance is deemed adequate.

(3)           All applications and fees are due 45 days prior to the requested certification date.  Problems identified with the applying laboratory and resolution of these problems may extend the requested 45 day period from application to certification.

(4)           Each laboratory shall develop and maintain a document outlining quality control procedures for all parameters in their certification and dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH.  All aquatic toxicology laboratories must also develop and maintain a document outlining quality control procedures for total hardness and total residual chlorine.  These documents are to be included with submittal of the application.

(5)           Each laboratory certified for the category of Aquatic Population Survey and Analysis shall develop and maintain a document outlining quality control procedures for taxonomic identifications and life‑stage determinations.

(6)           Supporting records shall be maintained as evidence that these practices are being effectively carried out and shall be available to the state laboratory upon request.

(7)           The quality control program is to be approved in conjunction with certification by the Director.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143‑215.3(a)(1); 143‑215.3(a)(10); 143‑215.66;

Eff. October 1, 1988;

Amended Eff. October 1, 1993.