Lab Services/DW Certification

Drinking Water Lab Certification - Chemistry

Certification Officer - SDWA Chemistry
PHONE: 907-375-8200      FAX: 907-929-7335       EMAIL:
declabcert@alaska.gov

A list of laboratories certified by the state to perform chemical analyses of drinking water samples can be accessed under Quick Links to the left or from the EHL homepage.

How to Apply For Chemistry Certification

Read entire page to access FY2016 application

Certification Process:

  • Certification year runs from 1 July to 30 June. Renewal application packets are due by 30 May.
  • There are two types of certification:
    • Direct Certification, which requires an onsite inspection.
    • Reciprocity, which recognizes certifications granted by other states or agencies.
  • Laboratory third-party onsite audits are required at least every three years, whether they are performed by ADEC or another certifying agency (for reciprocity).
  • Completed application packets do not automatically guarantee certification for drinking water analysis. This department will determine the certification status of a laboratory after final review of all submitted information. Following review, a State of Alaska Certificate along with the Scope of Accreditation will be issued identifying the status of approved methods/analytes.

Application Timeline:

  • New applications can be submitted at anytime.
  • Renewal applications and fees are due and must be postmarked no later than May 30th of each fiscal year.
  • If a completed application and applicable fees are not submitted by May 30th, the laboratory will not be recertified on July 1st. Processing review of applications received after May 30th will be prioritized based on date of receipt and may take up to 30 days to process depending upon the number of late applications.

Application Packet Documents:

    1. Completed electronic (excel) application, which generates invoice.
    2. Fees Paid in Full: credit card, check, or money order (See below for range, see application to calculate invoice).
    3. Successfully completed initial on-site audit or (For out-of-state/reciprocity labs only) most recent on-site inspection report, including corrective actions completed and record of audit closure.
    4. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for each method requested.
    5. Annual method detection limit (MDL) studies and initial demonstration of capability (IDC) studies for method/analyte pair for chemistry methods.
    6. Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan (QAP)
      • The QAP must contain the minimum elements from the EPA Guidance on Preparation of Laboratory Quality Assurance Plans, Revision 1. October 9, 1992 (EPA 910/0-92-032).
    7. Current Proficiency test (PT) for the methods requested
      • An approved PT provider must be used (Quick Link on the left.).
      • The certified laboratory must successfully analyze water supply (WS) performance testing samples annually for each certified parameter by each method.
      • A recent/current PT (for renewal) is one where the study CLOSE DATE less than twelve months old) by the May 30th deadline.
      • Official PT results should be sent directly from the vendor to the Laboratory Certification Program at email address at top of page. Copies sent from laboratory in application packet, are used to verify receipt from vendors.

Fees Calculations:

  • A "Base Fee" will be due at the time of application: $500 for in state Chemistry and $475 for reciprocity laboratories.
  • A "Method Fee" will be calculated for each test or method requested on your application (See list of fees below).
  • A laboratory desiring to add one or more tests or methods within an Area of Certification (AOC) to its current certification must submit an amendment application form with appropriate fees a site visit and PT evaluation must take place as described above.
  • Fee payment does not assure certification.
  • All fees are nonrefundable regardless of acceptance or rejection of a laboratory's application.

Fees Based on Areas of Certification

    • Chemistry I: Single Analyte methods: consisting of methods using ion-selective electrode, nephelometry, or spectrophotometery. Analytes include nitrate, nitrite, o-phosphate, alkalinity, pH, odor, color, conductivity, EDTA (calcium), turbidity, hardness, chloride, fluoride, cyanide, sulfate, total dissolved solids, and foaming agents. Also consists of radiochemistry methods, including EPA 900 series and liquid scintillation counting: ($284 per method)
    • Chemistry II: Inorganic Methods: consisting of analysis of inorganic chemicals, including trace metals and inorganic non-metals, using ion chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma/mass spectroscopy, including analysis for uranium by EPA 200.8, inductively coupled plasma/non-mass spectroscopy, hydride atomic absorption, and cold vapor atomic absorption: ($441 per method)
    • Chemistry III: Organic Methods: consisting of organic chemicals analysis by methods using gas chromatography, high pressure liquid chromatography or gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy, including EPA 500 series, EPA 1613, SM 6251B, SM 6610, and SM 6651: ($788 per method)
    • Chemistry IV: Toxic Chemical Elements methods by TEM ($1,040 per method)
    • FY2017 Chemistry Application (Excel)

Mail to:

  State of Alaska/DEC
  5251 Dr. MLK Jr. Avenue
  Anchorage, AK 99507
  Attn: Certification Officer - SDWA Chemistry