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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.
    Hide 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)
      This order establishes policy and program requirements for the conduct of quality assurance (QA) for all environmentally related measurements performed by or for the Agency. The May 2000 Order supercedes previous versions of this Order issued in 1998 and 1984.
    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
    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)
    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
    Hide 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
      EPA/240/B-01/007
      September 2001

      QA/G-4D is a PC-based software package designed to determine the feasibility of data quality objectives defined using the Data Quality Objectives (DQO) process. The software supplements the guidance provided in EPA QA/G-4. The previous DOS-based software has been replaced with a Windows-based software program.
    Hide 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
      EPA/600/R-00/007
      January 2000

      QA/G-4HW provides guidance on applying the Data Quality Objectives (DQO) process to hazardous waste site investigations. The guidance presents a step-by-step description of the DQO process and its application to sampling designs for environmental remediation and waste management activities.
    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
    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
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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
    Hide details for Region 10 Annual Quality Assurance Report and Work PlanRegion 10 Annual Quality Assurance Report and Work Plan
      The Annual Report/Work Plan summarizes the quality assurance activities that Region 10 has conducted over the past year and projects the QA needs for the upcoming year. This report is sent to the Quality Assurance Management Staff (QAMS) for use in preparation of the Agency's annual quality assurance report.

CLP Superfund Analytical Services Guidance Documents
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    Show details for Introduction to the Contract Laboratory ProgramIntroduction to the Contract Laboratory Program
    Hide details for Contract Laboratory Program Guidance for Field SamplersContract Laboratory Program Guidance for Field Samplers
      EPA-540-R-00-003
      August 2004
      This document is designed for field samplers to help clarify sampling procedures necessary to submit samples for CLP analysis. It acts as a reference for the Regions and sampling contractors to promote consistency in sampling procedures throughout the Regions and to ensure proper adherence to CLP requirements. This document is intended to be used as a supplement to, not as a replacement for, existing Regional sampling instructions.

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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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