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National QA Guidance and Requirements Documents

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    Show details for ANSI/ASQC E4-1994 AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for EnvironmentANSI/ASQC E4-1994 AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs
    Show details for EPA Order 5360.1 A2 Policy and Program Requirements for the Mandatory Agency-Wide Quality System (May 2000)EPA Order 5360.1 A2 Policy and Program Requirements for the Mandatory Agency-Wide Quality System (May 2000)
    Show details for EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-1 Guidance for Developing Quality Systems for Environmental ProgramsEPA QA/G-1 Guidance for Developing Quality Systems for Environmental Programs
      EPA/240/R-02/008
      November 2002

      Guidance on developing and documenting the elements of a functional quality system in organizations that carry out environmental data operations within or on behalf of EPA.
    Show details for EPA QA/R-2 - EPA Requirements for Quality Management PlansEPA QA/R-2 - EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans
    Show details for Checklist for Reviewing EPA Quality Management Plans (QMPs)Checklist for Reviewing EPA Quality Management Plans (QMPs)
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality SystemsEPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality Systems
      EPA/240/R-03/002
      March 2003

      QA/G-3 provides non-mandatory guidance to help organizations plan, implement, and evaluate management assessments of their quality systems. This technical guidance was developed by EPA to assist those involved in assessments of quality systems to meet requirements provided in EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans (EPA QA/R-2) and EPA Manual 5360 A1 and to gain value from the process. It discusses both internal and external assessments of EPA’s quality system and of the quality systems of those performing work for and with EPA. It does not address certification of quality or environmental management systems, as conferred by the International Standards Organization (ISO) or others.
    Show details for EPA QA/G-4 - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives ProcessEPA QA/G-4 - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process
    Show details for EPA QA/G-4D - Decision Errors Feasibility Trials (DEFT) Software for the Data Quality Objectives ProcessEPA QA/G-4D - Decision Errors Feasibility Trials (DEFT) Software for the Data Quality Objectives Process
    Show details for EPA QA/G-4HW - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process for Hazardous Waste SitesEPA QA/G-4HW - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process for Hazardous Waste Sites
    Show details for EPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5 - Guidance on Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/G-5 - Guidance on Quality Assurance Project Plans
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5G Guidance on Geospatial Data Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/G-5G Guidance on Geospatial Data Quality Assurance Project Plans
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5i - Guidance on Data Quality IndicatorsEPA QA/G-5i - Guidance on Data Quality Indicators
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5M Quality Assurance Project Plans for Model Development and Application ProjectsEPA QA/G-5M Quality Assurance Project Plans for Model Development and Application Projects
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-5S - Guidance for Choosing a Sampling Design for Environmental Data CollectionEPA QA/G-5S - Guidance for Choosing a Sampling Design for Environmental Data Collection
      EPA/240/R-02/005
      December 2002

      QA/G-5S provides guidance on applying standard statistical sampling designs (such as simple random sampling) and more advanced sampling designs (such as ranked set sampling, adaptive cluster sampling) to environmental applications.
    Show details for EPA QA/G-6 - Guidance for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)EPA QA/G-6 - Guidance for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    Show details for EPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related AssessmentsEPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related Assessments
    Show details for EPA QA/G-8 - Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and ValidationEPA QA/G-8 - Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and Validation

Quality Assurance References
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National QA Guidance and Requirements Documents

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    Show details for ANSI/ASQC E4-1994 AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for EnvironmentANSI/ASQC E4-1994 AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD Specifications and Guidelines for Quality Systems for Environmental Data Collection and Environmental Technology Programs
    Show details for EPA Order 5360.1 A2 Policy and Program Requirements for the Mandatory Agency-Wide Quality System (May 2000)EPA Order 5360.1 A2 Policy and Program Requirements for the Mandatory Agency-Wide Quality System (May 2000)
    Show details for EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1
    Show details for EPA QA/G-1 Guidance for Developing Quality Systems for Environmental ProgramsEPA QA/G-1 Guidance for Developing Quality Systems for Environmental Programs
    Show details for EPA QA/R-2 - EPA Requirements for Quality Management PlansEPA QA/R-2 - EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans
    Show details for Checklist for Reviewing EPA Quality Management Plans (QMPs)Checklist for Reviewing EPA Quality Management Plans (QMPs)
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality SystemsEPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality Systems
      EPA/240/R-03/002
      March 2003

      QA/G-3 provides non-mandatory guidance to help organizations plan, implement, and evaluate management assessments of their quality systems. This technical guidance was developed by EPA to assist those involved in assessments of quality systems to meet requirements provided in EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans (EPA QA/R-2) and EPA Manual 5360 A1 and to gain value from the process. It discusses both internal and external assessments of EPA’s quality system and of the quality systems of those performing work for and with EPA. It does not address certification of quality or environmental management systems, as conferred by the International Standards Organization (ISO) or others.
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-4 - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives ProcessEPA QA/G-4 - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process
      EPA/600/R-96/055
      August 2000

      QA/G-4 provides non-mandatory guidance on developing Data Quality Objectives (DQOs) using a systematic planning process based on the graded approach. The guidance presents a step-by-step description of the DQO process. The Aug 2000 version supercedes the Sept 1994 version.
    Show details for EPA QA/G-4D - Decision Errors Feasibility Trials (DEFT) Software for the Data Quality Objectives ProcessEPA QA/G-4D - Decision Errors Feasibility Trials (DEFT) Software for the Data Quality Objectives Process
    Show details for EPA QA/G-4HW - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process for Hazardous Waste SitesEPA QA/G-4HW - Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process for Hazardous Waste Sites
    Show details for EPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-5 - Guidance on Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/G-5 - Guidance on Quality Assurance Project Plans
      EPA/600/R-98/018
      February 1998

      QA/G-5 provides guidance on developing Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) that will meet EPA expectations and requirements. This document provides a linkage between the DQO process and the QAPP. It contains tips, advice, and case studies to help users develop improved QAPPs.
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5G Guidance on Geospatial Data Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/G-5G Guidance on Geospatial Data Quality Assurance Project Plans
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5i - Guidance on Data Quality IndicatorsEPA QA/G-5i - Guidance on Data Quality Indicators
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5M Quality Assurance Project Plans for Model Development and Application ProjectsEPA QA/G-5M Quality Assurance Project Plans for Model Development and Application Projects
    Show details for EPA QA/G-5S - Guidance for Choosing a Sampling Design for Environmental Data CollectionEPA QA/G-5S - Guidance for Choosing a Sampling Design for Environmental Data Collection
    Show details for EPA QA/G-6 - Guidance for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)EPA QA/G-6 - Guidance for the Preparation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related AssessmentsEPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related Assessments
      EPA/600/R-99/080
      January 2000

      QA/G-7 provides guidance to help organizations plan, conduct, evaluate, and document technical assessments and related assessments for their programs. Such technical audits include Technical Systems Audits (TSAs), surveillance, readiness reviews, and Performance Evaluations (PEs). The document contains advice on and examples of related technical assessments, such as Data Quality Assessments, applicable to environmental programs.
    Hide details for EPA QA/G-8 - Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and ValidationEPA QA/G-8 - Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and Validation
      EPA/240/R-02/004
      November 2002

      QA/G-8 provides non-mandatory guidance to assist users in verifying and validating environmental data. The guidance discusses alternative approaches to data validation, including examples of statistics-based validation techniques, and options for verifying that the validated data satisfy relevant claims about their authenticity and quality.
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    Hide details for Integrating Quality Assurance into Tribal Water Programs: A Resource Guide for Reliable Water Quality Data ColIntegrating Quality Assurance into Tribal Water Programs: A Resource Guide for Reliable Water Quality Data Collection
      This document resulted from a workshop held in September 1992 entitled, "Quality Assurance for Water Quality in Indian Country." The workshop was co-sponsored by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and U.S. EPA Region 8. The QA project plan format included in this document follows the format of EPA QA/R-5 EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans and QA/G-5 EPA Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans. There is no official EPA document number on this document.
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    Hide details for EPA Region 4 Enforcement and Investigations Branch Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance ManualEPA Region 4 Enforcement and Investigations Branch Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance Manual
      November 2001
      This document contains Standard Operating Procedures used by EPA Region 4 for sample collection and other field activities. This document may be useful to others, as example Standard Operating Procedures for similar activities. Any organization that uses these Standard Operating Procedures assumes responsibility for their content and applicability to their specific situation.
      • Link to Manual (PDF, 2.2 Mb, 413 pages)
    Show details for Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems:Uniform Federal Policy for Implementing Environmental Quality Systems:
Region 10 QA Documents
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    Show details for Region 10 Quality Management PlanRegion 10 Quality Management Plan
    Hide details for Guidance on Preparation of Laboratory Quality Assurance PlansGuidance on Preparation of Laboratory Quality Assurance Plans
      EPA 910/9-92-032
      September, 1992

      This document is designed to provide guidance on the preparation of laboratory quality assurance plans.
    Show details for You and QA In Region 10You and QA In Region 10
    Show details for Region 10 Annual Quality Assurance Report and Work PlanRegion 10 Annual Quality Assurance Report and Work Plan
CLP Superfund Analytical Services Guidance Documents
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    Show details for Introduction to the Contract Laboratory ProgramIntroduction to the Contract Laboratory Program
    Show details for Contract Laboratory Program Guidance for Field SamplersContract Laboratory Program Guidance for Field Samplers

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Show details for EPA QA/G-9R - Data Quality Assessment: A Reviewer's GuideEPA QA/G-9R - Data Quality Assessment: A Reviewer's Guide
Other EPA Program and Region QA-Related Documents
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Region 10 QA Documents
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