The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order No. 63 Series of 1998 (DAO 98-63) defines the Guidelines for the Designation of DENR Recognized Environmental Laboratories.
The recognition scheme was conceived for the following reasons:
Level 2, i.e. laboratory inspection and assessment, is conducted by the Laboratory Inspection and Assessment Team (LIAT) composed of staff from the EMB central and regional laboratories together with the external pool of assessors from the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP) and the Bureau of Product Standards/Department of Trade and Industry (BPS/DTI).
Proficiency testing (PT) is conducted by the RDD/EMB staff primarily through the distribution of PT samples for analysis by the participating laboratories. Test results are statistically evaluated and such are used as one of the bases for gauging performance of laboratories for environmental analysis.
The Technical Advisory Group for Laboratory Recognition (TAG-LR), composed of the DENR Undersecretary for Environment, the EMB Director, a representative from a technical NGO, a representative from a chemical organization, and the LIAT Chairperson, is responsible for Level 4, i.e. review and evaluation of data and information.
The TAG-LR recommends to the DENR Secretary the issuance of the Certificate of Recognition. The Certificate has an effectivity period of 3 years from its issuance.
For questions and additional information, contact the:
Environmental Compliance Assistance Center For Local Government Units
Telephone No./Fax No. 376-55-41