Quality Program Directives
The Enterprise Quality Management Division (EQMD) has oversight responsibility for the Agency's Quality Program as delegated by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for Environmental Information.
These documents provide guidance to program managers and technical staff. They do not impose legally binding requirements and may not apply to a particular situation based on the circumstances.
EPA retains the discretion to adopt approaches on a case-by-case basis that differ from these guidance where appropriate.
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Quality Directives consists of policy, procedures, standards and guidance.
|Environmental Information Quality Policy, April 10, 2023
This policy establishes policy and program requirements for the preparation and implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Quality Program.
Below are two resources that provides more information on the Quality Directives:
|Environmental Information Quality Procedure, April 10, 2023
|This procedure establishes management principles and responsibilities for ensuring that Environmental Protection Agency environmental information and technology operations products and services meet Agency quality-related requirements, are of sufficient quality for their intended use, and support EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment.
|EPA QA Field Activities Procedures, September 23, 2014
|This procedure describes how the Agency quality program shall be applied to sampling and non‐sampling field activities. Applies only to EPA organizations.
|CIO Notification Procedure for Environmental Data Quality Issues, August 8, 2020
|This procedure describes the comprehensive, coordinated due diligence process for evaluating environmental data quality issues that could adversely impact EPA organizations. Applies only to EPA organizations.
|Quality Management Plan Standard, January 17, 2023
This standard defines the minimum requirements for QMPs for all EPA and non-EPA organizations performing environmental information operations. This standard replaces EPA Requirements for Quality Management Plans (QA/R-2).
NOTE: The QMP Standard requirements will apply to all new and supplemental grant awards issued on or after February 17, 2023. All new and supplemental assistance agreements requiring QMPs awarded as of that date must be in compliance with the new Standard or must include an updated term and condition that links to the Standard.
Previously awarded grants will continue to use QA/R-2, unless they are amended to add new activities requiring a QMP, in which case the requirements of the new Standard must be followed.
The Office of Grants and Debarment will update the national programmatic terms and conditions to revise the QA T&C. As well, new and existing FR templates will be updated as applicable.
In the transition period between January 17 - February 17, 2023, Program Offices may elect to include the new Standard in any funding recommendations and awards requiring the QA T&C. Citing to the new Standard during this transition period, while not required, is preferred.
Below are two resources that will assist with the implementation of the QMP Standard:
|Quality Assurance Project Plan Standard, July 18, 2023
This standard defines the minimum requirements for QAPPs for EPA and non-EPA organizations performing environmental information operations. This standard replaces EPA Requirements for Quality Assurance Project Plan (QA/R-5).
NOTE: Additional implementation information coming soon!
Below are two resources that will assist with the implementation of the QAPP Standard:
|Guidance on Assessing Quality Systems (QA/G-3)
|Guidance on assessing the adequacy and effectiveness of an environmental quality program.
|Guidance on Systematic Planning using the Data Quality Objectives Process (QA/G-4)
This document is an expanded version of the August 2000, Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process and includes both decision making and estimation using the Data Quality Objectives (DQO) Process. It provides information on how to apply systematic planning to generate performance and acceptance criteria for collecting environmental information.
The basic structure of the DQO Process is unchanged but there are some minor revisions in the names of the seven steps of the Process. For more information and resources, see EPA's Elements of Systematic Planning.
|Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans (QA/G-5)
|Guidance on developing Quality Assurance Project Plans that meet EPA specifications. Note: This version replaces the original document issued in February 1998 (EPA/600/R-98/018).
|Guidance for Geospatial Data Quality Assurance Project Plans (QA/G-5G)
|Guidance on developing Quality Assurance Project Plans for geospatial data projects.
|Guidance on Choosing a Sampling Design for Environmental Data Collection (QA/G-5S)
|Guidance on applying standard statistical sampling designs (such as simple random sampling) and more advanced sampling designs (such as ranked set sampling, adaptive cluster sampling) to environmental applications.
|Guidance for Quality Assurance Project Plans for Modeling (QA/G-5M)
|Guidance on developing Quality Assurance Project Plans for modeling projects.
|Guidance for Preparing Standard Operating Procedures (QA/G-6)
|Guidance on the development and documentation of Standard Operating Procedures. Note: This version replaces the previous document issued in March 2001 (EPA/240/B-01/004).
|Guidance on Technical Audits and Related Assessments for Environmental Data Operations (QA/G-7)
Quality Document Reissue Notice May 2006
|Guidance to help organizations plan, conduct, evaluate, and document technical assessments.
|Guidance on Environmental Data Verification and Data Validation (QA/G-8)
|Guidance to help organizations conduct data verification and data validation activities.
|Guidance for Data Quality Assessment: Practical Methods for Data Analysis (QA/G-9)
General guidance to organizations on assessing data quality criteria and performance specifications for decision making. Document is to be used as a "tool-box" of useful techniques in assessing the quality of data.
|Data Quality Assessment: A Reviewer’s Guide (QA/G-9R)
General guidance to organizations on assessing data quality criteria and performance specifications for decision making. G-9R is non-technical document and shows a reviewer what constitutes an appropriate Data Quality Assessment (DQA), and how to recognize situations or reports where a DQA has been conducted.
|Data Quality Assessment: Statistical Tools for Practitioners (QA/G-9S)
This document can be considered the technical aspect of G-9R. The document is designed as a "tool-box" of useful techniques in assessing the quality of data. The overall structure of the document will enable the analyst to investigate many problems using a systematic methodology.
|Guidance on Quality Assurance for Environmental Technology Design, Construction and Operation (QA/G-11)
|Guidance on basic quality assurance and quality control procedures, and good engineering principles/practices, that may be used in the design, construction or operation of environmental technologies.