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Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board


The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) is established in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide consensus advice, information and recommendations on issues related to:

  1. Enhancing EPA's measurement programs
  2. Facilitating the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program

History and Focus

In 1995, Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) was initially solely established to solicit consensus advice from the environmental laboratory community on the formation of the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) process and standards.  Since then, ELAB’s Charter has been expanded to now provide consensus advice, information and recommendations to:

  • Forum on Environmental Measurements (FEM)
  • EPA’s Science Advisor
  • EPA’s Administrator

ELAB enhances the EPA’s measurement programs in areas such as:

  • Validating and disseminating methods for sample collection and for biological, chemical, radiological and toxicological analysis
  • Developing scientifically rigorous, statistically sound and representative measurements
  • Employing the performance paradigm in environmental monitoring and regulatory programs
  • Improving communications and outreach between EPA and its stakeholder communities
  • Employing a quality systems approach that ensures that the data gathered and used by the Agency are of known and documented quality

ELAB facilitates the operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program. In this regard, ELAB will provide advice and recommendations to EPA on issues that impact the non-governmental community that are related to:

  • The operation and expansion of a national environmental accreditation program characterized by an acceptance of the program by all states and suitable for accrediting environmental laboratories or entities of all sizes and types
  • Steps that need to be taken in order to facilitate the further implementation of the performance paradigm in the nation’s environmental monitoring and accreditation programs

ELAB Charter

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ELAB is composed of approximately 15 members who are representative of the stakeholder community. Members are selected who have relevant backgrounds and expertise and may include individuals from:

  • Trade associations for the environmental laboratory industry
  • Trade associations from EPA's regulated community
  • Environmental public interest groups
  • Academia
  • Federal, local and tribal governments
  • Laboratory assessment bodies

All ELAB meetings are open to the public and any interested persons may attend at any time. Below is the current membership roster for the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB).

ELAB Member Representing Contact Information
Mr. Michael Flournoy, Chair Eurofins Env. Testing US Eurofins Frontier Global Sciences Inc.
11720 North Creek Parkway N., Suite 400
Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: (425) 686-3562
Mr. Brad Meadows, Vice Chair Babcock Laboratories, Inc. Vice President, Laboratory Technical Director
Babcock Laboratories, Inc.
6100 Quail Valley Court
Riverside, CA 92507
Phone: (951) 653-3351 x228
Dr. Henry Leibovitz APHL Rhode Island State Health Laboratories
50 Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone (401) 222-5578
Dr. Francoise Chauvin
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11373
Phone: (718)-595-6401
Dr. Kim A. Anderson Oregon State University Oregon State University 
1007 Agric. Life Sciences Building
Corvallis, OR 97331 
Phone: (541) 737-8501 
Dr. Brian T. Buckley Rutgers University Environmental & Health Sciences Institute
170 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (848) 445-0202
Ms. Stacie Crandall Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
1434 Air Rail Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA  23455
Phone: (757)-460-4217
Dr. Deyuan (Kitty) Kong Chevron Energy Technology Company
100 Chevron Way, 50-1263
Richmond, CA 94802
Phone: (510) 242-1654
Mr. Ray Frederici TestAmerica
2417 Bond St.
University Park, IL 60484
Phone: (708)-925-2464
Dr. Michael F. Delaney MWRA Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
190 Tafts Avenue
Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: (617) 660-7801
Ms. Sharon Mertens The NELAC Institute Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
260 W. Seeboth Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone: (414) 277-6384
Dr. Tom O’Farrell, DFO EPA USEPA/OSA
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, MC8105R Washington, DC 20460
Phone: (202) 564-8451
Dr. Jayesh Gandhi Metrohm USA
Metrohm USA
1455 E. Sam Houston South, Suite 170
Pasadena, TX 77503
Phone: (713)-202-8363
Mr. Richard Gossett PHYSIS Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
PHYSIS Environmental Laboratories, Inc.
1904 E. Wright Circle Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: (714)-602-5300
Ms. Debra A. Waller New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
401 E. State Street, Mail code 401-02D
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-7732
Mr. David Thal Environmental Standards, Inc.
Environmental Standards, Inc.
8331 East Walker Springs Rd., Suite 402
Knoxville, TN  39723
Phone: (865)-376-7590, ext. 801

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Meetings and Minutes

The schedule of Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) meetings and other events relevant to the work of the board are listed below. Please contact the Designated Federal Official (DFO), Thomas O'Farrell ( or (202) 564-8451, if you are interested in joining any of the board's meetings via teleconference.

Meeting/Event Date Time
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 6/19/19 1:00 - 3:00 pm (ET)
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 7/17/19 CANCELLED
ELAB Monthly Teleconference 8/5/19 CANCELLED


The summaries of the most current Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) meetings are provided below. Summaries of previous meetings can be found in the EPA Archives.

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