ELAP - Regulations

Welcome to the ELAP Draft Regulations Home Page! Be sure to check back here often, for important updates.

ELAP Preliminary Draft Regulations Text

ELAP is pleased to present the Third Preliminary Draft Regulations text for review. The draft regulation text was developed through stakeholder collaboration with suggested changes from ELTAC members and the laboratory community incorporated into the text.

Comment Submittal

ELAP Administrative Approval Process

Reference Documents

Assistance with the 2016 TNI Standard

The State Water Board is proposing to assist laboratories in making the transition to the 2016 TNI Standard by providing tools, training, and a three-year implementation period for many requirements.

  • TNI Documentation Workshops
    We envision a one-day workshop focused on document development that is open to all laboratories. It will be held throughout the state and will include in-class work with a consultant to develop documentation required by the TNI Standard. Laboratories will receive templates and tools as part of this workshop.
  • Support for TNI Mentor Groups
    ELAP is offering support to any laboratory mentor groups that have formed to assist each other with implementation of the TNI Standard. Contact us at elapca@waterboards.ca.gov to see how we can assist you.

  • TNI Membership
    ELAP has negotiated a free 6-month membership to TNI, for its laboratories, which includes member rates on documents and trainings. This membership can be requested until the time the Regulations package is adopted by the State Water Board. Email TNI's Executive Administrator, Suzanne Rachmaninoff, at suzanne.rachmaninoff@nelac-institute.org to request membership. In addition to receiving discounted rates on TNI implementation resources, members also have the benefit of participating in the formal consensus process. ELAP encourages laboratories to take an active role in this process and represent California at the national level.

Draft Regulations Public Workshops

The Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) has released the Third Preliminary Draft Regulations text.  The public is welcome to present oral comments at two workshops where ELAP will give a presentation and hear comments. The Sacramento workshop will include a webcast option. The dates and times of the workshops are listed below.


  • Sacramento – Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10am-5pm
    Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, Board Room
    11020 Sun Center Drive, Suite 200
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
    Webcast available (audio and video only)

  • Los Angeles – Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10am-5pm
    Junipero Serra State Building, Carmel Room
    320 W 4th Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

ELAP's Draft Regulations Team held public workshops throughout California from July 25th, 2017 - August 3rd, 2017 to solicit comments, answer questions, and review the First Preliminary Draft Regulations text for clarity and completeness. Please see below for more information regarding the First Preliminary Draft Regulations Public Workshops.

View our map of public workshop locations relevant to ELAP-accredited laboratories.

Draft Regulations Readiness


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