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EPA Records Schedule 586

Status: (to be superseded) Final, 08/31/2008

Title: Laboratory Performance Evaluation Studies Proficiency Testing (PT)

Program: Research and Development Laboratories

Applicability: National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL)

Function: 301-093 - Program Monitoring

NARA Disposal Authority:

This schedule authorizes the disposition of the record copy in any media (media neutral), excluding any records already in electronic form. Records designated for permanent retention must be transferred to the National Archives in accordance with NARA standards at the time of transfer.


Performance evaluation studies relate to how well laboratories analyze waste water and drinking water, including some Superfund contract work. Consists of studies, performance evaluation reports, performance summaries, statistical reports (state data and regression report), related method specific studies, and other related documents.

Disposition Instructions:

Item a: Record copy


Copies incorporated into other files (e.g., Superfund site files) are retained according to the disposition instructions for the records they support.

The database for the paper records is covered by EPA 173 for data files consisting of summarized information.

Reasons for Disposition:

The disposition instructions have been rewritten as media neutral to allow for maintaining the record copy in EPA's electronic recordkeeping system. The retention has not changed.

Item b for electronic copies created with word processing and electronic mail applications deleted 08/23/2006 pursuant to NARA Bulletin 2006-04.


Office of Research and Development, National Environmental Research Laboratory

Related Schedules:

EPA 173

Previous NARA Disposal Authority:


Entry: 08/23/1993

EPA Approval: 08/27/2007

NARA Approval: 06/22/2008

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