Quality Assurance/Quality Control
The EERC is committed to delivering consistent, high-quality research to meet its
customers' needs. The EERC positions itself as a global leader in multidisciplinary
research addressing energy and environmental issues. In order to ensure that the
mission and goals of the EERC are realized, an organizationwide quality management
system, authorized and supported by its managers, is in effect.
The EERC established and formalized a quality assurance (QA) program and quality
control (QC) procedures in August of 1988. The EERC Quality Manual defines the requirements
and the organizational responsibilities for each major element of the EERC's quality
management system and references the supporting documents needed to provide a comprehensive
program. Compliance with this manual and its supporting documents ensures that the
EERC adequately fulfills governmental and private client requirements relating to
quality and compliance with other applicable regulations, codes, and protocols.
The quality assurance manager, in a full-time position, has responsibility for implementation
and oversight of all aspects of QA/QC for all research, development, and demonstration
projects, including establishing, updating, maintaining, and overseeing implementation
of QA/QC procedures. The QA manager assists project managers and principal investigators
in defining quality objectives and criteria for existing and proposed projects;
establishing and documenting sample handling/custody/analytical methods requirements;
documenting analytical equipment, operating procedures, and instrument calibrations;
and overseeing overall data acquisition, storage, reduction, and management activities.