This sample acceptance policy outlines the minimum conditions a sample must meet upon receipt by the UGRA Environmental Laboratory. The following conditions must be met in order for samples to be accepted by UGRA for analysis without qualification. Water samples that do not comply with these regulations can be accepted for analysis with customer consent, but the lab report will be accompanied by a statement saying the results should be used as informational only, not for regulatory purposes. In these instances, the customer will be notified by UGRA staff and informed that their samples will be marked as qualified. At this time, the customer can decide if they wish to proceed with the analysis.
If you require additional information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact UGRA at (830) 896-5445.
Samples requiring thermal preservation must be received on ice. Acceptable temperature range for these samples is 0.1 oC - 6.0 oC. Samples that are mailed to UGRA must also be received within the acceptable temperature range. Samples delivered to the lab shortly after collection are not likely to have reached a fully chilled temperature and are to be considered acceptable if there is evidence that chilling has begun. The sample temperature will be recorded on the Chain of Custody form.
Effective date: 9/1/09
Reference: 2003 NELAC Standard. June 5, 2003. Chapter 5.0 Quality Systems. Section 18.104.22.168.1 Sample Receipt Protocols and Section 22.214.171.124.2 Sample Acceptance Policy.
UGRA Lab Document
Form #100, Rev. 3, 09/01/09