Technical audits are systematic and objective
examinations of a program or project to determine whether environmental
data collection activities and related results comply with the project's
Quality Assurance Project Plan and other planning documents, are implemented
effectively, and are suitable to achieve its data quality goals. Technical
audits are not management assessments nor are they data verification/validation
processes, which occur during the assessment phase of the project. Technical
audits include readiness reviews, technical systems audits, surveillance,
and performance evaluations.
For directions on accessing the references listed below, see Information About Downloadable Files.
- Guidance on Technical Audits and
Related Assessments for Environmental Data Operations (G-7)
(PDF 101pp, 254K About PDF) - January 2000 (Reissued May 2006), EPA/600/R-99/080. Reissue
Notice (PDF 2pp, 91K About
PDF) Guidance to assist organizations in selecting, planning, and
implementing technical audits in support of an environmental programs.
- Example Checklist for a Technical Systems Audit of a Laboratory Measurement System. This is an editable version of Appendix B of the above guidance. WordPerfect format (WPD 8pp, 36K) Microsoft Word format (DOC 8pp, 133K).