NR 149.14(5)(a) (a) The department shall issue accreditations to laboratories through certificates that meet the criteria specified in s. NR 149.06.
NR 149.14(5)(b) (b) The department shall issue a certificate to a laboratory submitting an initial, revised, or reciprocity application for accreditation within 30 days of the date by which the laboratory successfully completes an on-site evaluation or the date by which the department waives an on-site evaluation, subject to all the following:
NR 149.14(5)(b)1. 1. The department may not schedule or waive an on-site evaluation of an applicant laboratory until all the requirements of sub. (1) have been completed.
NR 149.14(5)(b)2. 2. A laboratory completes an on-site evaluation successfully when it addresses, to the department's satisfaction, any deficiencies encountered during the on-site evaluation.
NR 149.14(5)(c) (c) Following an on-site evaluation, the department may issue accreditations, on a case-by-case basis, that are unaffected by any deficiencies encountered during the on-site evaluation.
NR 149.14(5)(d) (d) The department shall issue a revised certificate of accreditation to an accredited laboratory within 30 days of the occurrence of any of the following:
NR 149.14(5)(d)1. 1. Receiving notification from that laboratory that it is changing its name without changing ownership.
NR 149.14(5)(d)2. 2. Approval of relocation to a new facility that does not compromise the laboratory's ability to meet the requirements of this chapter.
NR 149.14 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21; correction in (2) (a) made under s. 35.17, Stats., Register February 2021 No. 782.
NR 149.15 NR 149.15 Period, renewal, and expiration of accreditation.
NR 149.15(1)(1)Accreditation period.
NR 149.15(1)(a)(a) The accreditation period shall commence on September 1 and end on August 31 of the following year for all laboratories accredited by the department.
NR 149.15(1)(b) (b) The department shall renew the accreditations of laboratories that meet the requirements of this section prior to September 1 of each year.
NR 149.15(2) (2)Renewal process. Annually, each laboratory holding valid accreditations under this chapter and wishing to renew its accreditations shall do all the following:
NR 149.15(2)(a) (a) Pay the required annual renewal fee and any assessed administrative fees prior to July 1. After July 1, a late renewal fee may be assessed to laboratories that have not paid all requisite fees. A laboratory is not eligible for renewal of accreditation if full payment is not received prior to September 1.
NR 149.15(2)(b) (b) Submit acceptable PT sample results as required in subch. V, no later than August 31.
NR 149.15(2)(c) (c) If accredited via reciprocal agreement, submit documentation of accreditations and a copy of the most recent on-site evaluation report from the entity with which the department has the agreement.
NR 149.15(3) (3)Expiration of accreditations. On September 1 of each year, the department shall expire the affected accreditations of laboratories failing to provide the information and fees specified in sub. (2).
NR 149.15(4) (4)Voluntary withdrawal of accreditations. Laboratories may voluntarily withdraw accreditations at any time by notifying the department in writing.
NR 149.15 Note Note: Conditions associated with applying for analytes for which accreditation was voluntarily withdrawn are provided in s. NR 149.14 (1) (b) 3.
NR 149.15 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21.
NR 149.155 NR 149.155 Required notifications.
NR 149.155(1)(1)Laboratory name change. A laboratory that changes its name without changing ownership shall notify the department, in writing, within 30 days of the effective date of the name change. The department may not charge a fee for any processing resulting solely from a name change.
NR 149.155(2) (2)Laboratory ownership change. A laboratory that changes its ownership shall notify the department, in writing, within 30 days of the effective date of the ownership change. Notification shall be in the form of a completed application for transfer of ownership.
NR 149.155(3) (3)Laboratory relocation. A laboratory relocating shall notify the department, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the relocation. Notification shall include the new address and any changes in contact information.
NR 149.155(4) (4)Key personnel changes. A laboratory making changes to key personnel, including lab director, lab manager, quality assurance manager, or whole effluent toxicity technical expert, shall notify the department within 30 days of these changes.
NR 149.155 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21.
NR 149.18 NR 149.18 Subcontracting.
NR 149.18(1)(1)Subcontracting samples shall be to a laboratory that holds valid certifications corresponding to the matrix, technology or method, and analyte requested.
NR 149.18(2) (2) A laboratory accepting samples under a subcontract from another laboratory shall maintain any analytical records needed to determine compliance with this chapter. The records shall be made available to the laboratory providing the samples.
NR 149.18 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21.
NR 149.19 NR 149.19 Requirements for certification in the drinking water matrix.
NR 149.19(1)(1)Applicability. This section contains additional requirements that apply to laboratories analyzing drinking water for compliance under ch. NR 809.
NR 149.19(2) (2)General requirements.
NR 149.19(2)(a)(a) The minimum criteria and procedures for certification in the drinking water matrix are specified in the following documents:
NR 149.19(2)(a)1. 1. As updated, the “Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water,” EPA 815-R-05-004, fifth edition, EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, January 2005.
NR 149.19(2)(a)2. 2. As updated, the “Supplement 1 to the Fifth Edition of the Manual for the Certification of Laboratories Analyzing Drinking Water,” EPA 815-F-08-006 EPA, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, June 2008.
NR 149.19 Note Note: The documents above can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(2)(b) (b) The department may not grant either interim or provisional certifications.
NR 149.19(2)(c) (c) A laboratory shall follow any additional criteria and procedures identified in this chapter applying to drinking water analyses.
NR 149.19(3) (3)Requirements for inorganic contaminants.
NR 149.19(3)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of inorganic contaminants, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than the MDLs specified in 40 CFR 141.23 (a) (4) (i) and 40 CFR 141.89 (a) (1) (iii) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website.
NR 149.19(3)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.23 (k) (3) (ii) or 40 CFR 141.89 (a) (1) (ii) (A) and (B) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(4) (4)Requirements for vinyl chloride.
NR 149.19(4)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of vinyl chloride, the laboratory shall achieve a MDL no greater than 0.0002 mg/L for each accredited method.
NR 149.19(4)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually for each accredited method according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (f) (17) (ii) (B). Vinyl chloride is evaluated separately from the other regulated volatile organic compounds and certification for the regulated volatile organic compounds requires successful analysis of vinyl chloride in addition to requirements for the other regulated volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(5) (5)Requirements for other volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19(5)(a)(a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of volatile organic compounds, excluding vinyl chloride, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than 0.0005 mg/L for all regulated volatile organic compounds for each accredited method.
NR 149.19(5)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually for each accredited method according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (f) (17) (i) (B). Excluding vinyl chloride, a laboratory may be certified for all volatile organic compounds if the laboratory successfully analyzes at least 80% of the regulated volatile organic compounds.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Some PT sample providers include the trihalomethanes in the sample for regulated volatile organic compounds. Trihalomethanes are not considered part of the “80%” rule. To be accredited for the regulated volatile organic compounds, vinyl chloride and 16 of the remaining 20 regulated volatile organic compounds are to pass in each PT sample.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(6) (6)Requirements for synthetic organic contaminants.
NR 149.19(6)(a)(a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of synthetic organic contaminants, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than the MDLs specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (h) (18) for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(6)(b) (b) Each laboratory shall successfully analyze at least one PT sample annually according to criteria specified in 40 CFR 141.24 (h) (19) (i) (A) and (B).
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(7) (7)Requirements for disinfection by-products.
NR 149.19(7)(a) (a) To receive and maintain certification to conduct analyses of disinfection by-products, the laboratory shall meet the requirements specified in 40 CFR 141.131 (b) (2) (iv) for each accredited method. To receive certification to conduct analyses of trihalomethanes, the laboratory shall achieve MDLs no greater than 0.0005 mg/L for each regulated analyte for each accredited method.
NR 149.19 Note Note: Links to 40 CFR Part 141 can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.19(7)(b) (b) For the haloacetic acid and trihalomethane PT samples, laboratories shall pass 80%, or 4 of the analytes present in each PT sample.
NR 149.19(8) (8)Failed PT samples. The department may not renew the accreditation for analytes for which the laboratory fails consecutive PT samples.
NR 149.19(9) (9) Certification exemptions. Certification is not required to perform any of the following analyses:
NR 149.19(9)(a) (a) Fluoride analysis required under s. NR 809.74.
NR 149.19(9)(b) (b) Analysis for free chlorine residual and total chlorine residual required under s. NR 809.74.
NR 149.19(9)(c) (c) Analysis for pH required under s. NR 809.548.
NR 149.19(9)(d) (d) Analysis for turbidity required under s. NR 809.113.
NR 149.19 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21; (1) (title), (8) (title) created under s. 13.92 (4) (4) (b) 2., Stats., Register February 2021 No. 782.
NR 149.20 NR 149.20 Requirements for whole effluent toxicity testing. All the following apply to laboratories accredited to perform whole effluent toxicity testing:
NR 149.20(1) (1)Acute and chronic whole effluent toxicity testing by species. Laboratories analyzing whole effluents for acute and chronic toxicity for a given species shall follow the quality control requirements referenced in the “State of Wisconsin Aquatic Life Toxicity Testing Methods Manual,” as updated.
NR 149.20 Note Note: Links to the "State of Wisconsin Aquatic Life Toxicity Testing Methods Manual," can be found on the Wisconsin department of natural resources laboratory accreditation program website and are available for inspection at the offices of the department and the legislative reference bureau.
NR 149.20(2) (2)Accreditation requirements for chemical testing in support of whole effluent toxicity testing. Water chemistry testing performed in support of whole effluent toxicity testing for ammonia, alkalinity, hardness, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and total residual chlorine do not require separate accreditation under this chapter.
NR 149.20 History History: CR 17-046: cr. Register February 2021 No. 782, eff. 6-29-21.
NR 149.21 NR 149.21 Fees. The department shall establish fees for laboratories participating in the laboratory accreditation program. These costs include those associated with laboratory evaluations, discretionary acceptance of data, reciprocity, training, and collection of fees. Fees may not be prorated and, except for overpayment, are not refundable.
NR 149.21(1) (1)Total fee income.
NR 149.21(1)(a)(a) The laboratory accreditation program's total fee income shall be designed to generate revenues equal to the costs of administering this chapter. Any amendments to the formulas in this subsection shall be reviewed by the council prior to being proposed as rule amendments.
NR 149.21(1)(b) (b) The department may adjust the fee schedule according to the formulas in this subsection and the relative value unit items specified in Tables 1, 2, and 3. Annual fee adjustments shall be reviewed by the council and approved annually by the natural resources board.
NR 149.21(1)(c) (c) The following formulas shall be used to generate and adjust the laboratory accreditation program's fee schedule:
NR 149.21(1)(c)1. 1. Fee Revenue Required = Projected Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses - (Application Fees + Travel Reimbursement)
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.a. a. Fee Revenue Required is the total amount of revenue which shall be collected via fees to cover all laboratory accreditation program costs.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.b. b. “Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses” is the sum of all anticipated laboratory accreditation program expenses including salary, fringes, evaluation travel costs, supplies, and services. This includes travel costs for evaluation of out-of-state labs which are required to reimburse the laboratory accreditation program for laboratory evaluation travel costs. Application Fee revenues are excluded from the Fee Revenue required because the application fee revenues are variable and collected independently throughout an accreditation period.
NR 149.21 Note Note: “Laboratory accreditation program expenses” may not exceed the legislature's approved spending authority for the laboratory accreditation program in a fiscal year. The department of administration approved spending authority is given in s. 20.370 (9) (fj), Stats., and may be revised by the department of administration to recover laboratory accreditation program cost.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.c. c. Application Fees is a three-year moving average of application fees received for the three most recent fiscal years.
NR 149.21(1)(c)1.d. d. Travel Reimbursement is a three-year moving average of out-of-state travel reimbursements for the three most recent fiscal years. Laboratory accreditation program costs related to travel for out-of-state audits are negated because the department recovers these costs directly from each lab.
NR 149.21 Note Note: For example, given the following,
NR 149.21 Note Projected Laboratory Accreditation Program Expenses = $612,121
NR 149.21 Note Application Fees (three-year average) = $31,681
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