Environmental Laboratory Accreditation


The role of the Environmental Laboratory Improvement Office (ELIPO) is to accredit environmental laboratories performing analysis to comply with permit requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The goal is to provide the environmental programs administered by the KDHE, Division of Environment with laboratory data of known quality and of legal defensibility. The Division of Environment, relies on ELIPO to support a multitude of scientific, regulatory and administrative decisions. Efforts to improve the quality of monitoring data ranks among the most important functions of the ELIPO staff.

The Kansas Environmental Laboratory Certification program was authorized by the Kansas legislature in 1978 with the enactment of K.S.A. 65-1,109a. The program was implemented by the enactment of K.A.R. 28-15-35 through 28-15-37. In 1999 the state of Kansas became a nationally recognized accrediting authority. This recognition was obtained as the KDHE, ELIPO implemented the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) standards for laboratory accreditation.

NELAC has since evolved into The NELAC Institute (TNI) and remains the national standard setting body for environmental laboratory accreditation and for accrediting authorities.  The standards developed by TNI have become a reality thanks to the joint effort and commitment of participants from all states, the federal government, the environmental laboratory community, and the regulated industries.  The state of Kansas is a TNI participant and voting member with governor appointed representatives participating in the national conference each year.

The consensus effort has resulted in the adoption of a new standard for lab accreditation:  The TNI standard.  The TNI standard is available on the TNI website and is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2011.  Training sessions on the TNI standard are being arranged and the schedule will be posted here when finalized. 

ELIPO Applications

Field Labs
Field Lab Application |
Field & Out of State Added Parameter Form |
In-State Added Parameter Form |
NELAP Lab Application
| Drinking Water Organics
| Non-Potable Water Organics
| Solid & Chemical Materials Organics
Personnel Form
| Drinking Water Inorganics
| Non-Potable Water Inorganics
| Solid & Chemical Materials Inorganics

Helpful Links


General Information
Laboratory Improvement Specialists


Katy Vannicola
Administrative Specialist


 Laboratories outside of Kansas seeking
primary accreditation from KDHE

The KDHE Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program has contracted with the two NELAP third party assessment bodies listed below to assist with the primary accreditation of environmental testing laboratories outside of Kansas. For more information please contact our lab improvement specialists or the third party assessors directly.

Jack Farrell
Analytical Excellence, inc.
812 Point Pleasant Place
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
T: 407.331.5040
e-mail: AEX@ix.netcom.com

Mitzi Miller
Dade Moeller & Associates
1835 Terminal Drive, Suite 200
Richland, WA 99354
T:  509-531-0255
Email:  mitzi.miller@moellerinc.com