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Laboratory Assessor Selection Committee
Review registration materials and propose a list of qualified assessors and assessment organizations to the department for use by accredited environmental laboratories.
The 2013 Minnesota legislative session amended Minnesota Statutes 144.98 governing the accreditation of environmental laboratories. The amendments established a selection committee to determine qualifications of independent assessors and assessment organizations and review the applications from interested parties. The selection committee completed its preparation of the application materials in July, 2013. The first round of applications were due by August 23, 2013.
After review of the applications, the selection committee will report their recommendations to the Minnesota Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (MNELAP). MNELAP will post a list of qualified assessors and assessment organizations on its webpage and send notifications to applicants. Approvals for assessors and assessment organizations may extend from the date of notification/posting through December 31, 2014.
The Laboratory Assessor Selection Committee was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the committee and 2014 Minn. Laws Chap. 286 Art. 7 Sec. 2 set an expiration date of June 30, 2018.
The committee shall initially consist of seven members appointed by the commissioner as follows: (1) one member from a municipal laboratory accredited by the commissioner; (2) one member from an industrial treatment laboratory accredited by the commissioner; (3) one member from a commercial laboratory located in this state and accredited by the commissioner; (4) one member from a commercial laboratory located outside the state and accredited by the commissioner; (5) one member from a nongovernmental client of environmental laboratories; (6) one member from a professional organization with a demonstrated interest in environmental laboratory data and accreditation; and (7) one employee of the laboratory accreditation program administered by the department.
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