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.
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).
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.
Information on VELAP-Accredited Commercial Laboratories
Information on VELAP-Certified Non-Commercial Laboratories
Frequently Asked Questions
DCLS-DEQ Memorandum of Understanding
2012 40 CFR 136 Methods Update Rule (MUR) Information Summary
Technical Assistance Documents
Change In Scope
Guidance and Interpretation Issued by DCLS
Quality Manual Template for 1VAC30-45
Standard Operating Procedure Template
Chapter 45 Checklists
Chapter 46 Checklists
INFORMATION ON VELAP-ACCREDITED COMMERCIAL LABORATORIES (1VAC30-46)
Commercial laboratories perform testing for another person or business.
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.
Suspension of Certification, 1VAC30-45 (updated 11/04/2014)