Q: Who should perform my DMR-QA testing?
A: The lab that routinely performs the analysis for your facility; either an in-house or commercial laboratory.
Q: What type of studies will meet my DMR-QA requirements?
A: You can meet your DMR-QA requirements by participating in ERA's specific DMR-QA 33 study or in our WP-216, WP-217, WP-218, WP-219, or WP-220 studies. If you participate in one of these five WP studies, you must meet the WP Study deadline, even if it is sooner than the July 8, 2013 deadline. Also, inform ERA that you are using the WP study to meet DMR-QA requirements before the data is submitted.
Q: Can I meet both my state and DMR-QA requirements with a single study?
A: In many cases yes. Simply call ERA customer service at 1-800-372-0122 and we will guide you through the process of selecting a PT option that will meet all of your requirements.
Q: Do I have to run all analytes?
A: If the analytes appear on your NPDES permit or your customer's NPDES permit and are part of Study 33, you are responsible for reporting data on behalf of the permit holder for the analytes you typically perform analyses.
Q: Are there other resources that I can use for more information?
A: Yes. Our website or the US EPA Website are excellent resources to obtain more information about DMR-QA.
Q: How do I know what samples I need to purchase?
A: Your permit holders will require results for analyte listed on their NPDES permit and found on the analyte checklist in the 308 Letter. Each permit holder should be able to provide you with a list of analytes they are required to report PT data.
Q: What if my permit holders and I purchase ERA samples from different studies?
A: No problem. Each laboratory simply must ensure that they report their data by the closing date for their chosen study and inform ERA that they wish to report the data for the DMR-QA study.
Q: Can I report my data online?
A: Yes. Our eDATA™ online data entry system reviews your data for completeness while you are entering it, and the system remembers your information so you never have to re-type it. Finally, it allows you to generate your final NPDES Permit Report Forms and individual laboratory analyte checklists for reporting to your coordinator. The eDATA™ data entry system is safe and secure and provides complete assurance that your data has been received.