2018 Arkansas Code
Title 8 - Environmental Law
Chapter 2 - Environmental Testing
Subchapter 2 - Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program Act
§ 8-2-206. Accreditation -- Criteria and procedure

Universal Citation: AR Code § 8-2-206 (2018)
  • (a) (1) (A) (i) All consulting laboratories performing analyses for which results are to be submitted to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality shall obtain a laboratory accreditation under this subchapter.

    • (ii) An analyte, method, or matrix for which the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program does not provide accreditation shall be evaluated by the department for acceptance.

      • (B) The department, in its sole discretion, may refuse to accept results of analyses performed by a consulting laboratory that does not hold a laboratory accreditation under the program for the reason that the laboratory is not accredited.

        • (2) Accreditation for laboratories other than consulting laboratories shall not be mandatory.

  • (b) Applications for accreditation shall be made in the form and manner established by the department.

  • (c) Upon receipt of an application for accreditation, the department shall evaluate and act upon the application in accordance with the following procedures and criteria:

    • (1)

      • (A) The laboratory must successfully complete an evaluation.

      • (B) The department shall establish evaluation criteria on proper analytical techniques, quality assurance, recordkeeping, and reporting methods and procedures and facilities, equipment, and personnel requirements; and

    • (2) The laboratory must submit to the department acceptable results from its analysis of proficiency test samples for the specific analytes, methods, and matrices selected for accreditation.

  • (d) Upon completion of the laboratory evaluation and the review of the proficiency test sample results, the department shall notify the laboratory of its determination to award or deny accreditation.

  • (e)

    • (1) If the adequacy of the laboratory's capability and its recordkeeping have been sufficiently established to the satisfaction of the department, a certificate will be issued to the laboratory for the evaluated categories of analytes, methods, and matrices.

    • (2) If accreditation is denied, the department shall set forth, in writing, the reasons for denial.

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