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National Analytical Management ProgramCoordinated through the DOE Carlsbad Field Office

The Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) has been tasked by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) to reestablish the National Analytical Management Program (NAMP), and to create a DOE Environmental Response Laboratory Network Coordination Office.  DOE EM previously sponsored NAMP to coordinate analytical services and capabilities throughout EM and DOE. In that capacity, NAMP was recognized as a central focal point not only within the DOE but also for outside agencies. The program was curtailed many years ago. Since that time, although several laboratory networks have been developed independently to provide coordinated, nation-wide analytical services, analytical resources within the DOE complex have not had a centralized focus.

The Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks (ICLN) was established in 2005 through the creation of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between 10 federal agencies, including DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This Consortium was established to provide a nation-wide, integrated system of laboratory networks to assist in responding to acts of terrorism and other events requiring an integrated laboratory response, with a foundation in shared understanding of reliability and accuracy of results and performance comparability among analytical processes employed. The EPA’s Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN) is one of 5 primary organizational components to ICLN. The ERLN is dedicated to meeting the analytical needs in a large scale response to an emergency.  The MOA assigns joint responsibilities between the EPA and DOE for the radiological analysis arena. The reestablishment of NAMP fills the need for a central point of contact for EPA to access DOE capabilities in a national emergency.

In this role, the NAMP will coordinate with all DOE laboratories and outside organizations including the ERLN and the ICLN.  As a member of the ERLN, the NAMP has established an ERLN coordination office through the CBFO to coordinate complex –wide ERLN membership (voluntary basis) and to develop funding mechanisms allowing the flow of funds into the Agency and participating laboratories.  Additionally, the organization serves on multiple ICLN technical committees to ensure that the impacts of interagency standardization are understood and consistent with EM goals.

The NAMP is currently seeking interested partner analytical laboratories from the DOE community interested in developing membership in the ERLN.  The NAMP will coordinate submission of an overall ERLN application for partner laboratories.  The primary purposes of this program are to:

  • Coordinate DOE’s analytical laboratory capabilities and capacity
  • Assist in the standardization of methods
  • Provide technical support for DOE to the ICLN
  • Provide mechanism to coordinate receipt and analysis of samples from outside Agencies
  • Establish reimbursement mechanisms for services

If your laboratory is interested in joining the NAMP to promote DOE laboratory analytical chemistry capabilities please contact us.

Program Contact

Oba Vincent
Senior Strategist
DOE Carlsbad Field Office
oba.vincent@wipp.ws
Phone: 575-234-7525 (office) 575-302-8727 (cell)
Visit the EPA ERLN homepage: http://www.epa.gov/oemerln1

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