Observations from California's On-Site Assessment Unit

Overcoming Legacy Obstacles with Innovative Approaches
Oral Presentation

Prepared by

Contact Information: Maria.Friedman@Waterboards.ca.gov; 818-551-2014


It's understandable that a laboratory may feel that it is under the microscope when an assessor comes to call. With so many potential areas of compliance, both quality systems and methods-based, the challenge of preparing for an on-site assessment can be daunting. Where to begin?

One approach to preparing for an on-site assessment involves using historical data – the past experiences of both labs and assessors – to identify areas most likely to be cited in a future assessment: the low-hanging fruit, if you will. In this presentation, Ms. Friedman will share observations made by California ELAP's on-site assessment unit during assessments.