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British Columbia

Environmental Data Quality Assurance Regulation. Please see:Environment Management Act: ENVIRONMENTAL DATA QUALITY ASSURANCE REGULATION

Policy regarding the permittees’ use of analytical laboratories for the analysis of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS). For more information, download .pdf document.


April 3, 2014

Non regulatory compliance with Method 1311Toxic Characteristic Leaching Procedure

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Alberta

Alberta Laboratory Data Quality Assurance Policy Good environmental management depend on accurate and reliable environmental information.  This information includes monitoring data obtained from the analysis of air, water, wastewater, waste, soil and other samples by analytical laboratories .Alberta Environment is implementing the Laboratory Data Quality Assurance (LDQA) Policy to ensure that laboratory data submitted to the Department is accurate and reliable.This policy had been developed over a two-year period in consultation with our stakeholders and with the help of comments from the public.  Our stakeholders include laboratories, industries, municipalities, environmental groups, consultants and various associations.

The policy is available at http://esrd.alberta.ca/water/inspections-and-compliance/laboratory-data-quality-assurance-policy.aspx

Contact Pat Lang if you have any questions.

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Saskatchewan

The Water Pollution Control and Waterworks (Saskatchewan) Regulations Laboratory related requirements in Saskatchewan's environmental legislation/regulation are found in sections 38 and 39 of The Water Pollution Control and Waterworks (Saskatchewan) Regulations. You can download these relevant sections in .pdf format. Download the "Bacteriological Follow-up Protocol for Waterworks Regulated by Saskatchewan Environment" for various reporting requirements.

Please contact Sam Ferris for further information.


The Water Regulations (2002) under the Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2002 specify laboratory accreditation to meet CAN-P-4D (ISO/IEC17025). For more information, download the .pdf document.

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Manitoba
For more information on Manitoba's Accreditation requirements, please download the .pdf document.

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Ontario


Clarification on Acceptable Methods for Coliform Analysis

April 23, 2012

Drinking Water Licensed Laboratories: Interpretation: "Resample and test as soon as reasonably possible"  For more information, please download Memorandum below.

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg-Interp_resample.pdf


February 17, 2012

Application of the risk methodology for measuring licensed and out of province Drinking Water Testing Laboratory inspection results

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_lab-risk meth-sheet.pdf


January 5, 2012- Sampling and Reporting Requirements for Alkalinity

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_alkalinity-LSN.pdf


September 21, 2011-Duty to report prescribed adverse results under the SDWA

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_AWQI Pesticide_Sept_21_2011.pdf


September 15, 2011 - Drinking water samples which do not meet laboratory submission requirements.

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_DW_Sampless_Sept_15_2011.pdf


March 2011-A newsletter for licensed Drinking Water Testing Laboratories (issue #3)

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_Lab-Bulletin-March 2011.pdf


January 25, 2011-Laboratories Testing Drinking Water under Ontario Regulations 318/08 and 319/08

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_MOE_MOH_LRMA Letter_Jan 25_2011.pdf


January 21, 2011 - Revised TTHM Calculation Procedure Relating to Re-samples

http://www.cala.ca/cdn-reg_revised-TTHM-reporting_ Jan 21_2011.pdf


December 6, 2010 -THM Reporting Memo

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-ont-memo-Dec_6_2010.pdf


August 20, 2010 - Laboratory Update Bulletin #2: Bulletin provides clarification to licensed laboratories on drinking water testing issues.

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-ont-bulletin2-Aug_20_2010.pdf


July 13, 2010 - Microcystin Reporting Guidance for Licensed Laboratories

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-microcystin_letter-July_13_2010.pdf


April 23, 2010 - Microcystin Reporting Guidance for Licensed Laboratories

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-microcystin_letter-April_23_2010.pdf


November 23, 2009 - Amendments to Lead and Drinking Water Regulations

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-amend_lead_DW_reg_Nov23.pdf


August 07, 2009 - Memo on Drinking Water Testing at Licensed Laboratories.

http://www.cala.ca/cdn_reg-Drinking_Water_Testing_Licensed_Labs_Aug_7_09.pdf


May 1, 2009 - The MOE Drinking Water Sampling Guide has been revised.

http://www.ontario.ca/drinkingwater/stel01_046911.pdf


October 28, 2008 -TTHM Calculation/Reporting Procedure memorandum attached (dated February 6 2006) remains in effect until further notice.

Memo to Lab Managers and TTHM Calculation/Reporting Procedure memorandum (dated February 6 2006)


April 15, 2008 -Revised Protocol of Accepted Drinking-Water Testing Methods, Version 1.0 is now available online. Please see the link below. The form number is 4465e01 under the heading Laboratory Licensing.

http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/publications/forms/index.php#lab


October 25, 2007 - Lead and Drinking Water MOE website links pertaining the information from the MOE for "Lead and Drinking Water" that has been shared with schools, private school or day nursery operators.

http://www.ontario.ca/ONT/portal51/drinkingwater/General?docId=133481&lang=en


April 13, 2007 - the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs(OMAFRA) Agronomic Test Accreditation Program has expanded its list of acceptable accreditation bodies to include CALA. Please see

http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/nm/regs/sampro/samproj07.pdf


The Walkerton Clean Water Centre's website is now live: http://www.wcwc.ca/. On this site you will find information on the Centre and its priorities, goals and initiatives.

The vision of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre is to create a world-class institute dedicated to safe and secure drinking water for the people of Ontario.

Established by Ontario Regulation 304/04 as a crown agency of the Ministry of the Environment in October 2004 and governed by a 12-member board of directors, the Centre's work will complement and support that of the Ministry with a focus on ensuring that training, education and information is available and accessible to owners, operators and operating authorities of Ontario's drinking water systems, particularly in rural and remote communities.


The Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002 (SDWA) and the Drinking Water Testing Services Regulation (O. Reg. 248/03) require any laboratory that performs drinking water testing to obtain a licence effective October ,1, 2003. In addition, the SDWA requires owners and operating authorities of drinking water systems regulated under the Drinking Water Systems Regulation (O. Reg. 170/03) to use a licensed laboratory for drinking water testing.

See the Ontario Ministry of the Environment web site for details: www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/water/index.php

 

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Regulation 93-203 under the Clean Water Act, Section 9(1)

New Brunswick Regulation 93-203 under the Clean Water Act, Section 9(1) requires that:9(1) An owner of a regulated water supply system shall ensure that the water in the system is tested in accordance with the sampling plan that applies to that system at a laboratory that

9(1) An owner of a regulated water supply system shall ensure that the water in the system is tested in accordance with the sampling plan that applies to that system at a lab- oratory that is accredited under the International Organi- zation for Standardization standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, entitled General requirements for the competence of test- ing and calibration laboratories, as amended from time to time.

http://laws.gnb.ca/en/ShowPdf/cr/93-203.pdf

Please refer to the Government of New Brunswick web site http://www.gnb.ca for further information.


Compliance to Laboratory Accreditation Condition.    A municipal drinking water system's Approval to Operate requires the Approval Holder to use laboratories that have obtained accreditation for all parameters listed in the approved sampling plan. The Department of Environment’s Drinking Water Engineers verify this condition when conducting Approval Compliance Evaluations (ACE). Where a laboratory does not have accreditation for all sampling plan parameters that they test on behalf of the municipality, a compliance schedule, which describes how conformance to the lab accreditation condition will be achieved, is required.

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's Policy for the Accreditation of Laboratories.   Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour has recently released a policy on the accreditation and proficiency testing for competency of laboratories providing analytical results to the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour. You can download the document in .pdf format.

Please contact Brent Baxter for further information.

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Prince Edward Island

PEI Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry.   In 2005, the PEI Environmental Protection Act was updated and now includes a requirement for lab accreditation for drinking and waste water.  For more information, please see www.gov.pe.ca/law/statutes/pdf/e-09.pdf

The above is for informational purposes only.

 


Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation - Water Resources Management Division requires all laboratories that analyse water samples (including QA/QC  samples) as part of the drinking water quality monitoring program must be accredited. You can view Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Manual at http://www.env.gov.nl.ca

Please contact Annette Tobin for further information.


Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation - Pollution Prevention Division.  Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment has recently implemented a new lab policy. You can download the document in .pdf format.

Please contact Angela Burrige for further information.


CALA has been recognized as an accrediting body by the Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  For more information, download .pdf document.

The above is for informational purposes only.

Environment Canada

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (see http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/C 15.31/29960.html) contains several references to government's ability to stipulate laboratory practices, for example articles 118(1)(c), 135(1)(e), 140(1)(j), 177(e), and 209(2)(v).

Environment Canada has a Laboratory Data Quality Policy which applies to all data reported to Environment Canada. The Policy stipulates that "all laboratory data required by Environment Canada must be generated by laboratories that are accredited to ISO/IEC standard 17025 by an accreditation body meeting the requirements of ISO/IEC 17011...". The policy applies to "all analytical data ... generated by Environment Canada's operational laboratories or generated in laboratories outside of the department and reported to Environment Canada specifically intended to support its regulatory, assessment and management activities."

Environment Canada has recognized CALA as a laboratory accreditation body (view .pdf letter from Dr. Jim Maguire).

PCB Regulation - A PCB regulation under the Canadian Environment Protection Act, 1999 has been published in the Canada Gazette. The regulation requires PCB analysis to be conducted by laboratories accredited by an accreditation body “that is a signatory to the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement”.

HTML http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/partII/2008/20080917/html/sor273-e.html
PDF http://gazetteducanada.gc.ca/partII/2008/20080917/pdf/g2-14219.pdf

   
 

Health Canada

Health Canada: Water Quality and Health
Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
Water Quality - Reports and Publications


 

Foreign Affairs

APEC BROCHURE: Standards and Conformance - the Role of Specialist Regional Bodies (short | long)

 

Fisheries and Oceans

Fisheries Act Information: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2012/2012-07-18/html/sor-dors139-eng.html