Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Welcome to the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Website

Quality assurance and quality control are components of a quality system. A quality system is a structured system that describes the policies and procedures for ensuring that work processes, products, or services satisfy the user's specifications and expectations. A quality system is the means by which an organization manages its quality aspects. These aspects are Project Management, Data Generation and Acquisition, and Assessment and Oversight.

The State Water Resources Control Board has prepared documents that are used in our Quality System. They consist of the Quality Management Plan (QMP) which is the overall Quality Assurance (QA) plan for the entire State Water Resources Control Board; Quality Assurance Program Plans (QAPrP), e.g. SWAMP's QA Program Plan; and numerous Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP).

2018 State Water Board QA Roundtables

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Thursday, September 12, 2018
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Discharge Monitoring Report- Quality Assurance Study 38 (DMR-QA Study 38)

The DMR-QA Study evaluates the analytical ability of laboratories that routinely perform or support self-monitoring analyses required by NPDES permits to ensure the integrity of the NPDES Program. Permittees are responsible for having their on-site and contract laboratories test wastewater analytes that are both in their NPDES permit and included in Study 38.  In California, we were granted approval by US EPA to implement the study with changes in two aspects from the federal program.  Those aspects are:  NPDES-permitted facilities have until December 31, 2018 to submit all required testing data to the State Water Resources Control Board’s QA Officer; and their laboratories may use the same data that is used to satisfy laboratory certification requirements.

What is SWAMP Comparability?