NON-COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL LABS
The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS) supports public health by certifying non-commercial laboratories that demonstrate compliance with applicable regulations. The certification program for non-commercial laboratories ensures that laboratories have quality systems and analytical procedures in place which support the production of accurate, reliable, and defensible test results.
Who Should Apply
- Non-Commercial laboratories providing testing for the purpose of compliance with the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, the Virginia Waste Management Act or the State Water Control Law (§ 10.1-1300 et seq., § 10.1-1400 et seq., and § 62.1-44.2 et seq., respectively, of the Code of Virginia) are required to hold accreditation under 1VAC30-45.
- The regulation at 1VAC30-45-40 defines non-commercial laboratories. Typically a non-commercial laboratory is a municipal or industrial laboratory providing analytical data for its owner holding a permit issued by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ).
Assessments & Compliance Assistance
- On-site assessments are performed initially and on a three-year schedule thereafter. The regulation directs re-assessments on a two-year schedule when the laboratory has demonstrated some specific non-compliances.
- Key quality system elements include effective corrective action, a recordkeeping system that provides historical traceability, and effective internal auditing. VELAP provides additional compliance resources in the Toolbox for Laboratories.
- 1VAC30-45 Checklist for Quality Systems
- 1VAC30-45 Checklist for Chemistry
- 1VAC30-45 Checklist for Microbiology
- 1VAC30-45 Checklist for Standard Operating Procedures
- PT Frequently Asked Questions
- Proficiency Testing (PT) requirements for VELAP certified non-commercial laboratories are described in Sections 500, 510, and 520 of 1VAC30-45.
Applications & Application Updates
- Program and Application Frequently Asked Questions
- Contact VELAP by email at Lab_Cert@dgs.virginia.gov to request application materials.
- Annual fees are defined and explained in the regulation at 1VAC30-45-130.
- Updates to applications are requested through the Change in Scope process.
- Change in Scope Frequently Asked Questions
- Change in Scope Forms [pdf] [word]
- Chapter 45 Certification of Compliance Form #12016 [pdf]
- Chapter 45 Quality Manual Completeness (Renewals) Form #6968 [pdf] [word]
- Change in Scope Form #6972 [pdf] [word]
- Demonstration of Capability Form #6990 [pdf] [word]
- Onsite Assessment Corrective Action Plan Form #6984 [pdf] [word]
- Fee Payment Form #6988 [pdf]
DCLS Laboratory Certification Office
600 N. 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 648-4480
Fax: (804) 692-0416