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Email: labcerthelp@dhec.sc.gov
Main Telephone Number:
(803) 896-0970
Address:
State Park Health Center
8500 Farrow Rd Building #12
Columbia, SC 29203
Mailing Address:
Office of Environmental Laboratory Certification SCDHEC
2600 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Additional Documentation Required (Based on the types of analyses being requested)

The following checklists are available to the laboratory to assist in completing the application package.

Field Measurements (e.g. pH, Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Chlorine, etc.)

  • Start-up data inclusive of completed bench sheets, calibration records, and applicable quality control records for each parameter the laboratory is seeking certification to perform.  This is to include analysis and calibration records for the Proficiency Testing (PT) samples.

Inorganic

  • Calibration and calibration verification records documenting that method acceptance criteria have been met for each parameter related to the PT and method detection limit (MDL) study (if applicable).  
  • Linear Range Studies and all supporting documentation (if applicable).
  • Compiled initial demonstration of capability (IDOC) data results (if applicable) for each method and analyte including all information on the example form
  • Compiled MDL study performed within the last 12 months by parameter and method including all information on the example form.  Also, include sample preparation records (digestion, distillation, etc.), standard preparation records, quality control data, and all data system reports for the completed analyses.
  • Sample analysis records pertaining to PT results submitted for the application to include sample preparation records (digestion, distillation, etc.), standard preparation records, quality control data, and all data system reports (where applicable) for the completed analyses.

Organic

  • Multilevel calibration and calibration verification records documenting that method acceptance criteria have been met for each analyte related to the method detection limit (MDL) study.   Where applicable, the data must be submitted for both the primary and confirmatory techniques.
  • Compiled initial demonstration of capability (IDOC) data results for each method and analyte including all information on the example form.  Where applicable, the IDOC data must be submitted for both the primary and confirmatory techniques.
  • Compiled MDL study performed within the last 12 months by analyte and method including all information on the example form.  Also, include extraction records, standard preparation records, quality control data, all chromatograms and data system reports for the completed analyses.  Where applicable, the MDL data must be submitted for both the primary and confirmatory techniques.
  • If not currently certified by this Office for the organic method being applied for, then PT analysis records and supporting documentation must be submitted for review. 

Trace Metals

  • Calibration and calibration verification records documenting that method acceptance criteria have been met for each parameter related to the method detection limit (MDL) study.  
  • Linear Range studies and all supporting documentation.
  • Compiled initial demonstration of capability (IDOC) data results for each method and analyte including all information on the example form
  • Compiled MDL study performed within the last 12 months by parameter and method including all information on the example form.  Also, include digestion records, standard preparation records, quality control data, all data system reports for the completed analyses.
  • If not currently certified by this Office for the trace metal method being applied for, then PT analysis records and supporting documentation must be submitted for review. 

Microbiological

  • Start-up data including media quality control, media preparation (if applicable), sterility checks, AM/PM temperature records (incubators, water baths, etc.), and Quanti-Tray® sealer check records (if applicable).
  • Sample analysis records pertaining to PT results submitted for the application to include verification records if applying for membrane filtration methods.
  • If not currently certified by this Office for microbiological analyses, then autoclave records and spore ampule efficiency check records must be submitted.

Cryptosporidium

  • Quality Control Records to include the following: IPR, OPR, MB, MS, and the two acceptable PT study analysis records. The two PT studies must have been performed within the past 12 months.
  • The most recent three months of analyst verification for each pertinent Cryptosporidium method.
  • Two complete sample data packages from within the past 12 months. This would include the chain-of-custody records, analysis records, and quality control records for those packages.

Whole Effluent Toxicity

  • Start-up data including completed culture and test records (reference toxicant and/or baseline data, YCT, and algae preparation records), bench sheets, instrument calibration records (pH, DO), residual chlorine, alkalinity and specific conductance) must also be submitted.  Please note that the laboratory must obtain and maintain concurrent certification for the following parameters under the Clean Water Act:  pH, DO, alkalinity, specific conductance, total hardness, temperature, and residual chlorine.

Biosolids

  • SOP for fecal coliform analysis for biosolid (i.e. sludge) samples and % total solids (SM 2540G).  These procedures must include sample preparation, analysis, and calculations as documented in Appendix F of EPA/625/R-92/013 (Revision 2003).
  • Completed sample preparation records, biosolid analysis records (fecal coliform and % total solids), and quality control checks associated with fecal coliform analysis.

Taxonomy

  • Ensure SOP and/or QA plan for taxonomic identifications addresses the procedures for sample collection, preservation, sorting, identification, documentation, reference and voucher collection maintenance, and quality control (e.g. sorting and efficiency checks).   Collection equipment used must be listed and their use must be explained.
  • A list of reference materials and taxonomic keys which are used to identify organisms in the taxonomic group for which you are seeking certification.
  • Chain-of-custody forms that will be used for sample collection. 

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