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Environmental Laboratory NEWS:

How safe is your analytical data? What would happen if all of your past and current data were rejected? If you don’t think that can happen, think again. It has happened many times in the past. Here is a current event.

Here is a quote from Steve Maxwell, a contributor to “Environmental Laboratory, Washington Report”:

“It seems that many environmental testing clients still assume that the mere existence of certification confirms the quality standards of the lab. Based upon this erroneous assumption that all certified labs are basically the same, many clients then focus just on price – without considering that data quality, service, and financial viability can vary quite widely across different companies. Many clients still don’t even visit or inspect the laboratories they use. The bottom line is that there continue to be both stronger and weaker environmental lab operations in the U.S., and until customers become more discerning in their purchasing practices, we can probably expect to see more of these kinds of stories.”

The above quote is as the result of the most recent failure of clients to choose reliable laboratories and base their selection solely on pricing and not quality. Here is the story. Again, from Steve Maxwell.

“One of the more disturbing events of the last year involved charges of improper data management against” (Lab name¬†redacted)¬†“Labs – one of the largest, and for many years one of the most respected – laboratory networks in the country. First, the U.S. Justice Department alleged that the company had submitted analytical data to federal agencies which were not processed in accordance with USEPA guidelines, spanning the years of 2011 to 2013. The company was also charged by the State of New Jersey with failing to comply with the requirements of its certification – alleging improper extraction methods going back as far as 2007. The eventual settlements in these two cases resulted in payments, respectively, of $3 million and $2 million by the company. Finally, in late 2015, the company’s New England facility had to send letters to clients warning of potential data quality problems in volatile organics testing going back as far as 2012.”

Do you know the quality of your laboratory? Have you had an independent inspection of that laboratory? Beware, as the analytical price goes down the likelihood of cutting corners and not following method requirements increases. Will your data be rejected in the future by fraudulent activities? AWAL encourages you to visit us and see the difference.