Environmental Data Quality Workgroup

Environmental Data Quality Workgroup

With representatives from Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Logistics Agency, this workgroup's primary mission is to develop and recommend DoD policy pertaining to environmental sampling,laboratory testing operations, and data quality.

Primary goals are to:

  • Promote the generation of environmental data of known and documented quality
  • Develop and recommend DoD policy affecting environmental sampling and testing operations
  • Facilitate a coordinated response to legislative and regulatory issues
  • Coordinate the exchange of technology and best management practices within DoD
  • Improve overall performance.

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The EDQW also responds to legislative and regulatory initiatives and other requests for Component information and policy, and coordinates information exchange among DoD Components.

The Department of Defense/ Department of Energy Consolidated Quality Systems Manual for Environmental Laboratories (QSM) was updated to version 5.2/5.3 to address the new requirements of the underlying ISO standard 17025:2017. Just like earlier versions of the QSM, both QSM versions 5.2 and 5.3 meet the requirements of ISO 17025:2005 and The NELAC Institute (TNI) Standard 2009. Any laboratory accredited to DoD QSM 5.2/5.3 can meet the testing requirements for projects requiring accreditation to earlier versions of the DoD QSM. As with all work, projects are required to ensure that selected laboratories can meet the method requirements specified in the project specific quality assurance project plan.

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What's New

Draft DoDAFFF01, Revision 1.0, dated August 10, 2021, is a draft method that is required by the Performance Specification Fire Fighting Agent, Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Liquid Concentrate, for Fresh and Sea Water, MIL-PRF-24385, for the determination of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) content of AFFF concentrates. MIL-PRF-24385 requires the testing using this method, to be conducted by a DoD ELAP accredited laboratory whose scope of accreditation includes the testing of AFFF concentrate by method DoD AFFF01. The scope of this method is specific to the determination of PFOA and PFOS in AFFF concentrates, a commercial product, not environmental media. DoDAFFF01 is a prescriptive method and is to be followed as written. The EDQW is seeking feedback on the draft method, Draft DoDAFFF01, Revision 1.0, provided in the link below. Feedback can be submitted via the feedback form provided in the link below. Please submit comments to: Mathew Lloyd . Feedback is requested by October 31, 2021.

Draft AFFF01 Rev. 1.0 081021

Draft DoD AFFF01 Rev. 1.0 Feedback Form

December 2021 EMDQ Workshop Webinar: DoD/DOE QSM Version 5.4 Appendix B Table B-24

June 2021 EMDQ Workshop Webinar: DoD Data Validation Guidelines
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May 2021 EMDQ Workshop Webinar
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DoD Data Validation Guidelines Revised Blank Qualification Table

Module 4 Data Validation Guidelines - GC Final

October 2020 EMDQ Webinar: DoD Data Validation Guidelines
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July 2020 EMDQ Webinar: PFAS
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May 2020 EMDQ Workshop Webinar
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DoD EDQW Statement on EPA Method 8327

DoD EMDQ Workshop Webinar May 2020- Additional Questions and Answers

Proficiency Testing for Analytes in Isomer Groups Memo

DoD_DOE QSM Requirements for Subcontracting Activities Memo

Module 1 Data Validation Guidelines - GCMS Final

Module 2 Data Validation Guidelines - ICP-OES Metals Final

Module 3 Data Validation Guidelines - PFAS Final

DoD Information for EPA Method 533 

DoD Guidance on PFAS Analysis in Biota

The DoD EDQW has developed the DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP) to accredit organizations that perform advanced classification at DoD MRS. The DAGCAP will use third-party accreditation bodies (ABs) to provide a unified program through which geophysical classification organizations (GCOs) can demonstrate competency and document conformance to a set of requirements.

Requirements are based on the international standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories supplemented by the DoD Quality Systems Requirements for Organizations Performing Advanced Classification (DoD QSR).

We have also provided a frequently asked question (FAQ) document to accompany the QSR.

QSM Version 5.4 FINAL

Memo- LC-MS-MS Mass Calibration for PFAS FINAL

QSM Version 5.3 Change Sheet

DoD ELAP Fact Sheet

General Data Validation Guidelines Revision 1 Final

QSM Version 5.1 FAQs October 2017

EDQW PFAS Sampling Factsheet Rev 1.2 July 2017

Revised Detection and Quantitation Fact Sheet October 2017