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TestAmerica’s Dr. Richard Burrows Appointed Chair of NELAC Institute’s Environmental Expert Committee


Dr. Richard Burrows, TestAmerica’s Director of Technical Services and distinguished industry expert, was recently inducted as Chair of The NELAC Institute’s (TNI) Environmental Measurement Methods Expert Committee. TNI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate the quality and reliability of environmental measurement data used by government agencies.

The Expert Committee’s mission is to improve the technical quality of environmental testing methodologies in areas of detection, quantitation, and calibration to ensure data quality. The committee’s improvements are routinely adopted by federal and state regulatory agencies. Led by Dr. Burrows, the TNI committee includes members from all environmental disciplines, including laboratories, accreditation bodies, federal agencies, and the private sector.

“There are some difficult issues surrounding detection, quantitation and calibration that have needed to be addressed for many years. We have a strong group of people on the committee and I’m excited to lead them to develop new standards that will significantly improve data quality,” states Dr. Burrows.

Dr. Burrows is an active member of the U.S. EPA’s Federal Advisory Committee and the Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board (ELAB) and also participates in method and technique development with the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL). Dr. Burrows’ method development work has brought new insights to method detection limits (MDLs), quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), environmental reference materials, and volatile and semi-volatile organic compound methods. To submit an inquiry to Dr. Burrows, please visit his profile on TestAmerica’s Ask the Expert webpage at:

About TestAmerica

TestAmerica is the leading environmental testing firm in the United States, including 36 laboratories and 36 service centers. TestAmerica provides innovative technical expertise and comprehensive analytical testing services. Specialty analyses include source and ambient air, aquatic toxicity, explosives, specialty organics, dioxins, drinking water, sediments and tissues, emerging contaminants, radiochemistry and mixed waste testing.

TestAmerica affiliate companies include EMLab P&K, the leader in analytical microscopy and indoor air quality; QED Environmental Systems, Inc., the leading supplier of groundwater sampling equipment and remediation pumping systems; TestAmerica Drilling Corp., provider of innovative environmental and geotechnical drilling; and TestAmerica Air Emissions Corp. (METCO Environmental), specializing in air emissions testing. TestAmerica currently employs nearly 2,800 professionals dedicated to exceptional service and solutions for our clients’ environmental testing needs.


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