ELAP Webinar 17 - Ensuring Qualified Suppliers and Subcontractors in an ELAP Lab

Ensuring Qualified Suppliers and Subcontractors in an ELAP Lab

Ensuring Effective Procedures in an ELAP Lab Related to Suppliers and Subcontractors


The quality of supplies used by a laboratory has a direct effect on data quality. The 2016 TNI Standard includes requirements laboratories must conform to as part of the quality management system. This webinar will focus on the approval and continuing evaluations of suppliers and the requirements pertaining to subcontracting regulatory tests. This webinar will be useful to laboratory management, supervisors, and quality assurance staff.


  1. Introduction
  1. Supplier requirements contained in the 2016 TNI Standard
  • Definitions
  • Requirements

Different ways to comply with the approval and evaluation of suppliers
Procedures related to subcontracting
Necessary documents and records

Your Instructor

Tony Francis, PhD
Tony Francis, PhD

Dr. Francis has extensive experience in chemistry and biology. He is currently a principal with SAW Environmental (2004 to present). He was owner/operator of a large environmental laboratory in Nevada prior to becoming a full-time consultant. He performs and manages third‐party laboratory audits for several states, QA/QC consulting to individual laboratories, and provides internal audits, data integrity training, and data validation to private and governmental laboratories. Dr. Francis is a contract assessor for IAS assessing laboratories to ISO/IEC 17025 and various TNI Standards. He is a fully qualified NELAC assessor in organic and inorganic chemistry, microbiology, cryptosporidium, radiochemistry, solids, aqueous, tissue, and air. He is an EPA-approved drinking water certification officer in all areas available.

Dr. Francis performs 30-40 audits per year. He received his PhD in chemistry from the U. of Utah, 2003

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