Maximum Holding Times and the “Q” Data Qualifier Code
The approved maximum holding times for specific analytes are listed in the DEP SOP FS 1000 tables. Any results reported from samples not meeting the holding times specified in those tables must be qualified and reported with the “Q” data qualifier code, per rule 62-160.700, F.A.C. (Table 1 of the DEP QA Rules). The holding time limits in the DEP SOP tables do not allow for extra time to prepare or analyze samples beyond the maximum times specified.
Listed here are all the recent approvals of modified and alternative methods. To submit a new modified or alternative method request, send an email to Quality_Assurance@Floridadep.gov for instructions.
The Aquatic Ecology and Quality Assurance Section receives a large volume of email requests regarding topics covering, but not limited to:
Sampling training opportunities
QA Rule status
Field and lab auditing
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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has a Quality Assurance (QA) Directive (DEP 972) that distributes QA responsibilities throughout the agency. All programs within the agency must comply with DEP’s QA Rule (62-160, F.A.C.) and associated standard operating procedures (SOPs).
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