Laboratory Certification Program
One aspect of our continuing commitment to the public and microbiological community is the Kentucky Microbiology Laboratory Certification Program (KMLCP). All laboratories wishing to perform testing on drinking water for state compliance samples must be certified. A laboratory must undergo initial certification and annual audits of their facilities, staff and procedures to maintain certification. Each analyst testing compliance samples must also be individually certified.
"Under the certification program responsibilities, MSU must offer an annual workshop for laboratory analysts to keep them abreast of new methods and regulations that impact drinking water," Wright said. Since assuming management of the certification program, the laboratory management team hosted 24 analysts from 29 state-certified laboratories for a one-day workshop in October. In May, 36 analysts from 26 laboratories attended a 3-day session on the campus. Speakers from the state Division of Water and U.S. EPA in Cincinnati were among those presenting talks on new regulations and waterborne pathogens. During the training, analysts were given the opportunity to perform hands-on activities involving the new methods developed to detect pathogens in drinking water.
To serve as certification program managers, the laboratory staff must receive continual training. Dr. Pass and Wright attend numerous programs each year, including the U.S. EPA workshop in Cincinnati. They recently received certification to perform audits of laboratories performing microbiological analysis of drinking water in Region IV, which is a six-state division that includes Kentucky and Tennessee.