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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Quality Assurance

Quality Management Plan

The Region 9 Quality Management Plan (QMP) (PDF) (52 pp, 810K) represents the commitment of the Region to comply with the requirements of EPA Policy and Program Requirements for the Mandatory Agency-Wide Quality System (PDF) (12pp, 94K), May 2000 (CIO 2105) and EPA Quality Manual for Environmental Programs (PDF) (63pp, 369K), May 2000 (CIO 2105-P-01-0) to have a strong quality system in place to support all aspects of environmental data collection, analysis, and reporting.

The Region 9 Quality Assurance Office's primary mission is to effectively oversee and carry out the EPA Region 9 Quality System and Quality Management Plan, and project-level quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) activities. The Office's primary responsibilities include providing training and information on data quality; conducting Quality System oversight of EPA Regional programs, grantees (states, tribes and locals), contractors, other federal agencies, and the regulated community; conducting project level QA/QC oversight; providing QA and technical support to Regional Programs, States, Tribes, and local governments; and carrying out programs to ensure quality laboratory testing.

The quality assurance references below are technical guides followed when performing environmental sampling work for EPA. The documents define various technical guidelines that sampling events should address to develop defensible data suitable for environmental decision making. Since most EPA decisions ultimately involve data collection, these documents are very important, since they are the key to reliable data.

This area of EPA's Web site is most suitable for contractors, state and local officials, and responsible parties who need an in-depth understanding of data collection and documentation requirements.

Analytical Methods & Reference
Services and procedures for the analysis of hazardous chemicals in soil, water and air

Field Sampling Procedures
Standard procedures for field measurements and the collection of environmental samples

Quality Assurance Project Plans
Guidance for planning field and laboratory measurements to ensure data quality

Data Validation & Laboratory QA
Procedures for reviewing the quality of laboratory analytical data


Data Quality Indicator Tables
Quality assurance/Quality control acceptance criteria for laboratory analytical data

Tribal Resources
Quality assurance guidance for tribes

Alternate Test Procedures
Announcements & processes for applying for Alternate Test Procedures (ATPs)

About the Quality Assurance Office
Region 9 Quality Assurance Office mission statement and quality management plan

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