Quality Systems

Gene Solomon, QA Officer

The quality systems in place at Anatek Labs ensure that all data generated by our laboratory is accurate, reliable, reproducible, well-documented and legally defensible.  Our quality systems encompass a Quality Assurance (QA) Plan, extensive and detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), employee training and proficiency documentation, controlled laboratory forms, support equipment testing, internal audits and reviews, and extensive analytical quality control (QC) requirements.  Quality systems help to assess and monitor the ongoing quality of the laboratory and all analytical testing, and our quality assurance practices help to identify and correct potential problem areas before they affect data quality.

QA Manual: The Anatek Labs, Inc. QA Manual provides the guidelines and guidance for laboratory activities, including the Code of Ethics and Data Integrity and Confidentiality Policy Statements.  The QA Manual also outlines many components of laboratory Quality Control (QC) procedures.  The QA Manual is regularly revised to reflect laboratory policies, and is reviewed by all employees annually.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs):  All analytical testing and other laboratory activities are performed according to controlled Standard Operating Procedures.  SOPs are reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the latest technological advances and the most recent EPA analytical methods.

Employee Training and Proficiency Documentation:  At Anatek Labs, we are proud of our knowledgeable and experienced work force.  Our analysts have almost 100 years of combined experience in analytical chemistry.  Employee experience and training are documented, and analysts perform a Demonstration of Capability on each of their methods.  In addition, Anatek Labs participates in Performance Evaluation (PE) or Proficiency Testing (PT) programs in which blind samples are analyzed and graded for accuracy.

Record Retention and Archiving: Anatek maintains extensive hard-copy and electronic records of analytical testing and reports.  Records are indexed and archived for ease of retrieval.  Click here to review our Record Retention Policy.

State Certifications:  The laboratory is accredited by The NELAC Institute (TNI) through the Florida Department of Health.  TNI standard conforms to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005(E).  We are accredited by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR2 & UCMR3) programs.  We are also accredited by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Washington State Department of Ecology, and the Arizona Department of Health Services.  Each of these agencies audits the laboratory for compliance with TNI, EPA, and state standards for laboratory certification.

Quality Control: Our analytical methods incorporate numerous quality control (QC) measures to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and repeatability of our reported data.  QC measures include positive and negative controls, including calibration standards, blank samples, various QC verification samples, matrix spikes, and duplicate analysis of samples.  For more information on the varieties of QC samples, refer to the QC section of the QA Manual.

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