Laboratory audits are an important tool for assessing liabilities that may arise from using a commercial laboratory. Environmental Standards’ dedicated Quality Assurance Chemists have performed hundreds of analytical laboratory audits nationally and internationally at the request of industry, law firms, engineering firms, and even the laboratories themselves to enable them to meet their internal QA/QC requirements.
Our on-site laboratory audits are extremely rigorous and significantly exceed regulatory-based and ISO Standard 17025 requirements. Further, while audits required under the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) are necessary for NELAP accreditation, the extent and frequency of the NELAP-based audits are not sufficient for assessing project work liabilities that may arise in a particular program or for a specific project. When conducting laboratory audits, Environmental Standards Quality Assurance Chemists evaluate laboratory performance relative to client expectations, liabilities, and company policy, and then mandate and track the appropriate corrective actions.
Environmental Standards has conducted over 1,000 on-site third-party audits of more than 300 domestic (including facilities in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico) and international laboratories (including facilities in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, South Korea, and United Kingdom). International audits require a high-level of expertise to evaluate good analytical practices effectively because many foreign countries do not standardize regulatory methods.