Quality Assurance

At SwRI, quality assurance and quality control is an integral part of laboratory efforts.

At SwRI, quality assurance and quality control is an integral part of laboratory efforts.

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is dedicated to providing analytical data that is accurate, precise, representative, and complete. Therefore, quality assurance and quality control is an integral part of laboratory efforts. The Quality Assurance Section of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division is guided by the SwRI's Quality Assurance Department, an independent group reporting to the president of SwRI. The Quality Assurance Section assures the correct methods are performed and the proper criteria are followed for data evaluation and legally defensible data. The section also provides support to the technical staff on quality issues that require immediate attention and resolution. The Quality System follows the ISO 9001:2008 guidelines for the 20 elements. The Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division is ISO 9001:2008 registered.

Michael G. MacNaughton, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President

JoAnn Boyd, Manager Quality Assurance for Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Quality Assurance Technical Strengths

  • Automated custody control from sample/test receipt through reporting requirements and disposal
  • Analytical guidelines following client specifications, such as Environmental Protection Agency Contract Laboratory Program, Good Laboratory Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, Dept. of Energy, and quality assurance program requirements for nuclear facilities (NQA-1)
  • Quality programs for a variety of matrices including soil, water, sludge, oil, vegetation, invertebrate, mammals, and biological samples such as blood, plasma, and urine for nonclinical studies
  • Laboratory certifications through several state and federal quality assurance programs
  • Audit schedules to provide surveillance/inspections to the ISO Quality System procedure, laboratory procedures, and contractual requirements to method procedures
  • Trending to management for problem solving and continuous improvement efforts in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division
  • Participation in Performance Evaluation samples through the Safe Drinking Water, Clean Water Act, hazardous waste, and radioactive isotopes of mixed waste samples
  • Internal and external audits and data validation meeting government methodology and requirements (Environmental Protection Agency's SW-846, 500 and 600 methodology and Standard Methods practices and other regulatory programs to provide additions to the Approved Supplier List)
  • Training programs internally and externally for Ethics and other regulatory programs in support of the accreditations and programs listed below.

Quality Accreditations

Other Regulatory Programs

  • Good Laboratory Practice
    • 40 CFR Part 160
    • 40 CFR Part 792
    • 21 CFR Part 58
  • Good Manufacturing Practice
    • 21 CFR Part 210, 211
  • DEA Diversion Control Program
    • 21 CFR Part 1300-1399
  • NQA1 Nuclear Safety Requirements
  • DOE QSAS Quality Program
  • DOD Quality Management Manual
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