The Perfect Lab Partner For Compliance

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In July 2011, the NELAC (National Environmental Accreditation Conference) standards were revised as the new The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standard 2009, based on ISO 17025 guidance. Implementation of this updated TNI standard by the respective accrediting bodies will become a reality in the next year, though many have already implemented the new standard. For water system operators and testing labs, not only does this require adherence with ISO 17025 standards, it also requires analysis of at least five new contaminants and lower limits for existing contaminants as designated by the EPA in their annual review.

The resulting increase in sample management and data analysis workload necessitates an investment in automated workflow. Laboratory information management systems (LIMS) are critical tools in enabling water operators and testing labs to meet the ongoing requirements of TNI standards, helping them prepare for state, regulatory, or NELAC audits with all defensible data properly documented and prepared. By automating operations and integrating instruments, labs can build in regulatory compliance, increase capacity and sample throughput, and also reduce time spent on manual activities such as recording data in paper notebooks or using spreadsheets to create reports.

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