Laboratory Certification Program

The mission of Nevada's Laboratory Certification Program (LCP) is to protect the health and safety of Nevadans by ensuring that environmental laboratories, certified by the State of Nevada, are using approved methods of analyses to produce data that is technically sound, legally defensible, and of known and documented quality so that sound regulatory decisions can be made. Our staff accomplishes this task in several ways including through biannual onsite assessments of in-state labs (we accept on a case by case basis out-of-state onsite assessments), review of quality systems documents, and by maintaining a database that tracks all laboratories proficiency testing results. The following programs within Nevada's Department of Environmental Protection require the use of Nevada Certified Labs:

Certified Lab Lists

Staff

Our staff is available to answer any questions. Please see below for staff specialties and look to the contacts page for email and phone numbers.

Don LaFara - Program Manager

  • DMRQA Coordinator
  • Certified to Assess: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Cryptosporidium, and Microbiology
  • Questions Regarding: General Program Requirements, Onsite Assessments, ISO 17025 requirements, and DMRQA

Paige Menicucci - Administrative Assistant III

  • Main contact: Paige can direct you to an appropriate person if you are not sure who to contact
  • Invoicing and Payment
  • General Program Requirements: PT Reporting

Jennie Fong - Laboratory Certification Officer

  • General Program Requirements
  • PT Reporting

Joseph Mwakapumba - Laboratory Certification Officer

  • Mining Lab Requirements and Onsite Assessments
  • Certified to Assess: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Radiochemistry, and Microbiology 

Michelle Nenzel - Laboratory Certification Officer

  • Applications: Renewal, Additions, and Initial
  • Certified to Assess: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Cryptosporidium, and Microbiology 

Mike Antoine - Laboratory Certification Officer

  • General Program Requirements: NELAC questions
  • Certified to Assess: Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Cryptosporidium, and Microbiology

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