Navigating Changing Laboratories Regulations

California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) Regulations Update

Thursday, April 19
8:50 AM - 9:40 AM
Location: Meeting Room 311/312, Sacramento Convention Center

SWRCB Drinking Water: 1 Contact Hour

CWEA: 1 Contact Hour

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Practice Area: Curated

California’s Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) has undertaken the task of updating the program’s regulations. With adoption expected in 2018, it is important for laboratories to be familiar with changes in accreditation requirements. This informational session will provide an update on the status of the regulations package and walk participants through major changes to help them plan for the future.

Learner Outcomes:

Level: Introduction to; limited knowledge of subject matter / entry level staff


Christine Sotelo

Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)


Christine Sotelo is the Chief of California's Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. Christine has 19 years of regulatory experience with the California Water Boards and California Department of Public Health in the areas of water quality monitoring and assessment; municipal storm water program permitting and auditing; water quality investigations and multi-agency enforcement actions; CEQA compliance and emergency management. From 2007 to 2012, she managed the Small Municipal Storm Water Program and advanced the state’s regulation of storm water quality by developing rules and policies for protecting California waters.


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Jacob Oaxaca

Quality Assurance Officer
Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)


Jacob Oaxaca serves as Quality Assurance Officer at ELAP and is responsible for implementing the program's Quality Management System. He is a lead Environmental Scientist in ELAP's Program Development Research and Enforcement Unit, where he is developing regulations and leading investigations. Jacob holds a BS degree in Chemistry from the Univeristy of Texas at Austin and has worked as an Environmental Chemist conducting field sampling and project management for environmental remediation and compliance projects. Previously, Jacob worked as a Research Technician with Chevron’s Fuel Technology and Additives Division in Richmond, CA, where he performed sample analysis for product identification and product integrity using GC and FTIR instrumentation.


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Sara Burke

Plant Chemist
Oro Loma Sanitary District


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Mindy Boele

Water Quality Laboratory Supervisor
City of Vacaville Utilities Department


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