Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee (ELAC) was established
by the NJDEP Office of Quality Assurance for the purpose of
obtaining input from a representative cross section of New
Jersey certified laboratories on matters related to laboratory
certification and practice. The committee is self governing
and operates independently of NJDEP.
Monthly meetings provide a forum for the discussion of environmental
and public health issues related to regulatory environmental
monitoring, laboratory accreditation and informative presentations
on relevant topics by the NJDEP. The ELAC serves as an information
resource and sounding board to all laboratories in New Jersey.
It also promotes teamwork and cooperation between stakeholders
through subcommittee focus on key issues of interest.
The ELAC is comprised of individuals who represent the interests
of commercial, government, utility and not for profit public/private
laboratories. Several members of ELAC are also members of
the New Jersey Water Environment Association and/or the Association
of Environmental Authorities. Committee membership is open
to small, medium, large and bioassay laboratories who are
all represented within the ELAC. All individuals with interests
in regulatory environmental monitoring and laboratory accreditation
are welcome to attend meetings.
Mission and Objectives
- The Mission of the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee
is to advise the NJDEP on environmental monitoring issues
relating to the NJDEP, the environment and public health.
- The Committee shall serve as a means of communication
between the NJDEP and the laboratory community.
- The Committee shall act as a forum for open discussion
among laboratories and the NJDEP.
- The Committee will inform the laboratory community of
- The Committee will hold regularly scheduled meetings to
review and discuss topics of interest and concern to the
laboratory community and the NJDEP.
- The Committee, as it deems appropriate, will comment on
proposed or pending legislation and regulations.
- The Committee will, as it deems appropriate, issue statements
concerning issues of importance to the laboratory community.
normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the
NJDEP offices at 401 East State Street. At each meeting, attendees address a predetermined agenda
as well as new issues brought by the attendees.
Please note - Anyone planning to attend an ELAC meeting must notify the Chair or Secretary of their attendance and parking requests no later than two weeks before the meeting. The first 30 responses will be accepted. Names submitted less than two weeks from the meeting may be accommodated for attendance based on space. However, any parking requests received less than two weeks from the meeting date cannot be accommodated. If the OQA does not receive the documentation for security two weeks before there is a possibility of no parking and meeting cancellations.
Meeting Minutes (PDFs)
Comments & Position Papers (PDFs)