Pohnpei EPA Environmental Surveillance Laboratory Certified

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Pohnpei, 08 September 2017
The U.S. Freely Associated States Laboratory Certification Program has re-certified the Pohnpei EPA Environmental Surveillance Laboratory to analyze drinking water under the Colilert® Method and marine and other surface water samples under the Enterolert™ Method.
Laboratory Supervisor Fermin Scaliem and Lab Analyst Quinton Lawrence were also re-certified as Laboratory Analysts for the Colilert® and Enterolert™ Methods. New analyst Brad Soram received provisional certification for the Colilert® Method, and will receive full certification after an additional 90 days of experience analyzing samples.
The certification audit was done by USEPA Certification Officer Edna Buchan. The certifications are effective until 2019.
Labs receive certification when they meet specific criteria, pass an on-site evaluation at least every two years, and have a certified technician on staff. Technicians are certified when they successfully pass a written exam and a practical demonstration of proficiency test. Certification provides assurances that the lab produces scientifically valid and legally defensible data, and that the staff are qualified to analyze water samples for bacterial contamination.
Certificates were presented to the Pohnpei EPA Environmental Surveillance Laboratory and to individual technicians at an awards ceremony held at the Pohnpei EPA Office on Friday 08 September 2017.
During the ceremony, Ms. Buchan recognized the accomplishments of the lab in maintaining full certification for both drinking water and marine water. “Executive Director Henry Susaia and his staff are very deserving of this re-certification, and I am extremely pleased to find that Pohnpei EPA has continued to uphold the highest level of laboratory practice standards since their initial certification in 2008. The laboratory is truly an excellent facility that provides the water quality data necessary to move forward with protection of public health and sustainable economic development in Pohnpei State.”