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Rock J. Vitale

Rock J. Vitale, CEAC

Technical Director of Chemistry/Principal

Rock J. Vitale has over 30 years of analytical quality assurance experience. As the founder and a Principal of Environmental Standards, Rock oversees a staff of approximately 40 quality assurance chemists and is responsible for the direction of the technical and managerial aspects of the company’s operations. 

Rock Vitale

Professional Experience

Rock J. Vitale is a recognized expert in the following fields: organic and inorganic data validation (including specialty analyses); laboratory auditing; preparation or third-party review of quality assurance project plans (QAPjPs); design of specialty analyses to accommodate project-specific data quality objectives (DQOs); quality assurance oversight of complex projects (sediment projects, biomonitoring projects); and agency negotiations.

Rock previously served as the Quality Assurance Manager for an environmental firm with 26 offices nationwide.  He designed and implemented a quality assurance and data validation program for all RI/FSs, site inspections, and RCRA closures.  His responsibilities included the preparation of QAPjPs for Superfund/RCRA studies in all US EPA Regions, as well as a number of state-led projects, and technical liaison.  He co-authored and provided peer-review comments on numerous documents on the subject of data validation for both state and federal agencies.


Rock J. Vitale is a Certified Professional Chemist through the American Institute of Chemists and a Certified Environmental Analytical Chemist through the National Registry of Certified Chemists.


Rock is a member of the American Chemical Society; American Industrial Hygiene Association; American Institute of Chemists; Royal Society of Chemistry; Royal Australian Chemical Institute; American Water Works Association; American Society of Testing and Materials; American Society of Quality Control; International Society of Environmental Forensics; and Society of Toxicology and Chemistry.

Board Positions

Appointed Federal Advisory Committee Board – Environmental Laboratory Advisory (ELAB) (2004 – current);
American Institute of Chemists (1997-2002, 2007 – present);
National Registry for Certified Chemists (July 2001 – December 2009).


Rock J. Vitale received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Biology from Marist College in 1981.  He completed additional post-graduate Chemistry courses at Villanova University and Rider College (1982-1985) and Chemistry Graduate Course Work at Villanova University (1985 – 1988).