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Laboratories reporting environmental data to the IDNR must be certified. The objective of the certification program is to ensure that the results of testing performed are accurate and legally defensible.
The Iowa DNR certifies laboratories within the State and across the United States for the following environmental programs:
The IDNR is the certifying authority of the laboratories for these environmental programs. The University of Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) provides technical support for certification process as the appraisal authority. Lab Cert Contacts
The SHL maintains a comprehensive web site pertaining to the laboratory certification and their other programs. See the following web sites for information on certified laboratories testing services and capabilities and becoming a certified environmental laboratory. New Methods Fact Sheet 1
Chapter 1 Water Supply
We are currently working on a new web application that will allow laboratories to submit and pay for an application on-line. The format of the web application will adopt some National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) conventions such as analyte and method codes. Iowa has not adopted any NELAP standards. We anticipate the web application will be available in early 2019.
DNR encourages the use of permit-specific electronic Discharge Monitoring Report forms that can be submitted by email. These forms are also known as Monthly Operation Reports. The contact person in each Environmental Services Field Office to receive the proper forms for your facility is available on our Discharge Monitoring Report forms page.
It is very important that unsafe samples be reported immediately; unsafe sample results must be reported within 24 hours after analysis by either fax or email. The "direct report" will automatically create a fax form to report unsafe samples for laboratories using this reporting system. See the Direct Report, for further detail on reporting unsafe bacterial and chemical samples and resolving electronic reporting issues.
For notebook contents, assessment manuals & audit worksheets, QC information, laboratory ethics presentations, and a list of websites that will help you get started on building your reference materials:
Kathleen LeeSenior Environmental Specialist
FAX: 515-725-8202 Kathy.Lee@dnr.iowa.gov
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-003
For SW/CS Reporting: 567 IAC 83.6(6)"d" requires certified laboratories report the analytical results to the client requesting the analysis.
For UST Reporting: 567 IAC 83.6(6)"b" requires certified laboratories report the analytical results to the client requesting the analysis so the client may comply with their reporting requirements of 567-135.6(455B).