Quality Assurance Planning for Region 9
- Quality Assurance Project Planning
- Sampling and Analysis Plan Guidance and Templates
- Quality Assurance Management Planning
The success of an environmental program or project depends on the quality of the environmental data collected and used in decision-making which will depend significantly on the adequacy of the quality assurance project plan and how it is carried out. EPA Region 9 requires that a systematic process be used wherever possible and appropriate to plan all environmental data generation activities.
To facilitate the development of objectives EPA has developed guidelines to help state and tribal governments develop Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for documenting the type and quality of data needed for environmental decisions and the methods for collecting and assessing those data.
The purpose of the QA Project Plan is to document planning for environmental data collection and to provide a project-specific blueprint for obtaining the type and quality of environmental data needed for a specific decision or use.
The QA Project Plan documents how quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) are applied to an environmental data operation to assure that the results obtained are of the type and quality needed and expected.
- EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plans
This document provides the QA Project Plan requirements for organizations that conduct environmental data operations on behalf of EPA through contracts, financial assistance agreements, and interagency agreements.
- Agency-wide Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans
EPA guidance for the development of Quality Assurance Project Plans.
- Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans
Government-wide guidance for the development of Quality Assurance Project Plans.
- Agency-Wide Quality System Documents
General guidance from the Quality Staff to assist in the development and implementation of a suitable Quality System for both EPA and non-EPA organizations.
- Beginners Guide to Preparing Quality Assurance Project Plans - Part 1: Project QA Documentation
Provides basic information about QA Project Plans (QAPPs) and answers some frequently asked questions.
- Beginners Guide to Preparing Quality Assurance Project Plans - Part 2: Elements of a QA Project Plan
These slides provide an overview of the information that should be included in a QAPP.
- The Volunteer Monitor’s Guide to Quality Assurance Project Plans
Quality assurance project plan guidance for voluntary sampling programs which are not EPA funded.
- Example Quality Assurance Project Plan for Water Sampling
An example of a fully prepared quality assurance project plan for a fictitious stream sampling location.
These documents can be downloaded and used to write a sampling and analysis plan.
Guidance to assist Region 9 Wetland Grant recipients in documenting the procedural and data requirements for projects involving environmental measurements.
Version 2.0 of the Region 9 Wetlands QAPP Guidance provides additional clarifying language in a number of sections and incorporates references to newer wetlands assessment methods, such as the California Rapid Assessment Method, and to the new federal rule for "Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources." The basic format of the guidance remains unchanged from the original version (1.0, September 2004).
- Sampling and Analysis Plan Guidance and Template for Brownfields Assessment Projects [Version 4, August 2018] (.docx)(111 pp, 305 K,
Version 4 of this template is intended to assist organizations in documenting the procedural and analytical requirements for Brownfields Assessment projects involving the collection of water, soil, sediment, or other samples taken to characterize areas of potential environmental contamination.
- Quality Assessment Checklist (doc)(9 pp, 177 K)
Guidelines for performing data quality assessments on environmental data.
A Quality Management Plan documents how an organization structures its quality system and describes its quality policies and procedures, criteria, areas of application, roles, responsibilities, and authorities. It also describes an organization's policies and procedures for implementing and assessing the effectiveness of the quality system.