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Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee
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The Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee (ELAC) was established by the NJDEP Office of Quality Assurance for the purpose of obtaining input from a representative cross section of New Jersey certified laboratories on matters related to laboratory certification and practice. The committee is self governing and operates independently of NJDEP.

Monthly meetings provide a forum for the discussion of environmental and public health issues related to regulatory environmental monitoring, laboratory accreditation and informative presentations on relevant topics by the NJDEP. The ELAC serves as an information resource and sounding board to all laboratories in New Jersey. It also promotes teamwork and cooperation between stakeholders through subcommittee focus on key issues of interest.

The ELAC is comprised of individuals who represent the interests of commercial, government, utility and not for profit public/private laboratories. Several members of ELAC are also members of the New Jersey Water Environment Association and/or the Association of Environmental Authorities. Committee membership is open to small, medium, large and bioassay laboratories who are all represented within the ELAC. All individuals with interests in regulatory environmental monitoring and laboratory accreditation are welcome to attend meetings.

Mission and Objectives


  • The Mission of the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Committee is to advise the NJDEP on environmental monitoring issues relating to the NJDEP, the environment and public health.
  • The Committee shall serve as a means of communication between the NJDEP and the laboratory community.
  • The Committee shall act as a forum for open discussion among laboratories and the NJDEP.


  • The Committee will inform the laboratory community of its activities.
  • The Committee will hold regularly scheduled meetings to review and discuss topics of interest and concern to the laboratory community and the NJDEP.
  • The Committee, as it deems appropriate, will comment on proposed or pending legislation and regulations.
  • The Committee will, as it deems appropriate, issue statements concerning issues of importance to the laboratory community.



ELAC normally meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the NJDEP offices at 401 East State Street. At each meeting, attendees address a predetermined agenda as well as new issues brought by the attendees.

Please note - Anyone planning to attend an ELAC meeting must notify the Chair or Secretary of their attendance and parking requests no later than two weeks before the meeting. The first 30 responses will be accepted. Names submitted less than two weeks from the meeting may be accommodated for attendance based on space. However, any parking requests received less than two weeks from the meeting date cannot be accommodated. If the OQA does not receive the documentation for security two weeks before there is a possibility of no parking and meeting cancellations.

Meeting Minutes (PDFs)

Regulatory Comments & Position Papers (PDFs)


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