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National QA Guidance and Requirements Documents

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    Hide 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
      This is not an EPA document but is a consensus document that describes a basic set of mandatory specifications and non-mandatory guidelines by which a quality system for programs involving environmental data collection and environmental technology can be planned, implemented, and assessed. The EPA quality assurance program is based upon this consensus document. This document is available from the American Society for Quality.
    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)
    Hide details for EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs, 5360 A1
      This document is designed to be an internal working document for the Agency and provides program requirements for implementing the Quality System defined in EPA Order 5360.1 A2. The contents of this document cover: Quality System Policy and Rationale, Quality System Implementation, Quality Management Plans, Quality Assurance Annual Report and Work Plan, and Quality Assurance Project Plans.
    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)
    Show details for EPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality SystemsEPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality Systems
    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
    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.
    Hide 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
      EPA/240/R-03/003
      March 2003

      The introduction to the document provides an overview for the target audience emphasizing the importance of systematic planning for geospatial data projects and its relationship to the Agency’s Quality System. The second chapter delineates the EPA policies on QA Project Plans. The third chapter discusses how QA Project Plan elements can be applied to geospatial data projects. The fourth chapter describes approaches to QA Project Plan elements for a geospatial module portion of a complex multi-organization project in risk assessment modeling as well as less complicated projects for a routine global positioning survey and creating a cartographic product from a spreadsheet to illustrate application of the graded approach discussed in Chapter 1.
    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)
    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)
    Show details for EPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality SystemsEPA QA/G-3 - Guidance on Assessing Quality Systems
    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
    Hide details for EPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project PlansEPA QA/R-5 - EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans
      EPA/240/B-01/003
      March 2001

      QA/R-5 defines the requirements and specifications for QA Project Plans (QAPPs) prepared for activities conducted by or funded by EPA. This document has been finalized and replaces QAMS-005/80. R-5 parallels the implementation requirements for QAPPs contained in the EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs (EPA Order 5360, July 1998), an internal policy manual.
    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
    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)
    Show details for EPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related AssessmentsEPA QA/G-7 - Guidance on Technical Audits and Related Assessments
    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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    Show 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
    Show 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
    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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