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Environmental Laboratory Certification

The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) was directed by Section 2.2-1105 of the Code of Virginia to establish a program to certify environmental laboratories that perform tests, analyses, measurements or monitoring required pursuant to the Commonwealth's air, waste and water laws and regulations.   The program became established on January 1, 2012.

The Virginia Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (VELAP) carries out the administration of two chapters of the Virginia Administrative Code.  These chapters set out the required standards and the processes by which laboratories become accredited or certified and by which laboratories maintain that accreditation or certification. 

 
  • 1VAC30-45 or “Chapter 45” pertains to certification of non-commercial laboratories.
  • 1VAC30-46 or “Chapter 46” pertains to accreditation of commercial laboratories.  Chapter 46 incorporates by reference portions of the 2003 National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) Standard. (1VAC30-46-200 and 1VAC30-46-210).   

In November 2009 DCLS became a NELAC-recognized Accreditation Body through an evaluation and site-visit process very similar to the site visit process for an accredited laboratory.  Quality System documents and records were examined and reviewed, and an on-site assessment of a laboratory was observed, to assure compliance with the current standards for Accrediting Bodies.  (NELAC 2003 Chapter 6 / TNI 2009 Volume 2). 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

 

Mailing Address: 
DCLS Laboratory Certification Office 
600 N. 5th Street 
Richmond, VA  23219 
Phone: 
(804)648-4480 
Fax: 
(804) 692-0416 
Email:

 


Information on How to Become a VELAP-Accredited or Certified Laboratory

 VELAP - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review the FAQ to evaluate the laboratory's requirement to apply and for

important information about the application process.

To request an application, contact Lab_Cert@dgs.virginia.gov




RESOURCES: 

Information on VELAP-Accredited Commercial Laboratories
Information on VELAP-Certified Non-Commercial Laboratories
Regulations
Frequently Asked Questions
DCLS-DEQ Memorandum of Understanding
Notices
40 CFR 136 Methods Update Rule (MUR) Information Summary
Technical Assistance Documents
Corrective Action
Change In Scope
Control Charting
Guidance and Interpretation Issued by DCLS
Quality Manual Template for 1VAC30-45
Standard Operating Procedure Template
Chapter 45 Checklists
Chapter 46 Checklists
Forms
Additional Resources
Links


 
 

INFORMATION ON VELAP-ACCREDITED COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES (1VAC30-46)
Commercial laboratories perform testing for another person or business.

 VELAP Accredited Commercial Laboratories (current as of 10/14/2014)
A REPORT of all primary and secondary commercial laboratories accredited under 1VAC30-46 with address, accreditation or certification status, and certificate number.

 VELAP Accredited Commercial Laboratories WITH FIELD OF ACCREDITATION (FOA) DETAIL (current as of 10/14/2014)
A DATABASE of all primary and secondary commercial laboratories accredited under 1VAC30-46 with full certificate detail. Please note: the database is not in a print-ready format.

SUGGESTED USE: Use the FILTER [arrow in column header] to select a desired parameter. Examples:
• Selecting “Arsenic” in column K and “Non-Potable Water in Column F displays all labs with this matrix/analyte combination. Adding additional selections, such as preferred method or the state where laboratory is located, will further select the output.
• Selecting a laboratory by name or ID number to display all accreditations or certifications held by the laboratory as of the date of the report.

 VELAP Accredited Commercial Laboratories WITH FIELD OF ACCREDITATION (FOA) DETAIL (current as of 10/14/2014)
 A REPORT of all primary and secondary commercial laboratories accredited under 1VAC30-46 with full certificate detailPlease note:  this is an extremely large file and should not be printed.

SUGGESTED USES:
• Search for FOA detail of a specific lab and print that lab’s Field of Accreditation (FOA) report: Use Adobe® search feature (alternately, Control+F) to locate the specific lab and print only the relevant pages.
• Search by Method to find a laboratory using that specific method: Use Adobe® search feature (alternately, Control+F) to locate the specific method, repeating the search to browse the document for all search matches.
 
 
INFORMATION ON VELAP-CERTIFIED NON-COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES(1VAC30-45)
See the definition of Non-Commercial laboratory in 1VAC30-45.

 VELAP Certified Non-Commercial Laboratories (current as of 10/14/2014)
A REPORT of non-commercial laboratories certified under 1VAC30-45 with address, accreditation or certification status, and certificate number.

 VELAP Certified Non-Commercial Laboratories WITH FIELD OF CERTIFICATION (FOC) DETAIL (current as of 10/14/2014)
A DATABASE of non-commercial laboratories certified under 1VAC30-45 with full certificate detail. Please note: the database is not in a print-ready format.

SUGGESTED USE: Use the FILTER [arrow in column header] to select a desired parameter. Examples:
• Selecting “Arsenic” in column K and “Non-Potable Water in Column F displays all labs with this matrix/analyte combination. Adding additional selections, such as preferred method or the state where laboratory is located, will further select the output.
• Selecting a laboratory by name or ID number to display all accreditations or certifications held by the laboratory as of the date of the report.

 VELAP Certified Non-Commercial Laboratories WITH FIELD OF CERTIFICATION (FOC) DETAIL (current as of 10/14/2014)
A REPORT of non-commercial laboratories certified under 1VAC30-45 with full certificate detail. Please note: this is an extremely large file and should not be printed.

SUGGESTED USES:
• Search for FOA detail of a specific lab and print that lab’s Field of Accreditation (FOA) report: Use Adobe® search feature (alternately, Control+F) to locate the specific lab and print only the relevant pages.
• Search by Method to find a laboratory using that specific method: Use Adobe® search feature (alternately, Control+F) to locate the specific method, repeating the search to browse the document for all search matches.
 
 
DCLS- DEQ MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
2009 DCLS and DEQ VELAP MOU
 
 
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE TEMPLATE
 Standard Operating Procedure Template
 Standard Operating Procedure Template
 
 
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