ELAP - Application Instructions

Application Instructions

The instructions below are guidance for preparing and submitting an application to California ELAP. If you are unsure which type of application to submit, email our staff at elapca@waterboards.ca.gov.

Use this Application Checklist to ensure your application package is complete.

Application Deadlines for Renewal Applications

Laboratories seeking to renew certification by the California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) must submit a complete application for certification no later than 90 days prior to the expiration of their current certificate. It is the responsibility of the laboratory to know and understand the regulations related to their certification, including that related to application submission requirements.

ELAP is not obligated to notify a laboratory that its certification will be expiring or has lapsed. Any notice sent by ELAP is a courtesy on behalf of the program and should not be the only mechanism a laboratory has in place to prompt the submission of a renewal application.

Failure to submit an application for renewal at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the certificate shall result in expiration of the certificate on the stated expiration date. (California Code of Regulations, Section 64805(d); Health and Safety Code section 100845).