Quality assurance for grantees

If you receive grant money for environmental projects, you are likely to be required to provide a quality assurance project plan, or QAPP (pronounced "kwap"), for approval before beginning work. QAPPs ensure that projects that collect and/or analyze environmental information are prepared to meet the goals and scope of the project.

Standard procedures for field sampling and analysis

Grantees are required to use standard operating procedures, or SOPs, for any field sampling and field analytical activities they undertake.

Help with laboratory accreditation

Any data submitted to us or funded by us must be performed by an accredited lab using an accredited method.

National Estuary Program grantee considerations

NEP quality assurance approval process flowchart:
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Everyone who receives funding for a project from the federal EPA’s National Estuary Program (NEP) through any Washington state agency will need to work with Ecology's NEP Quality Coordinator to fulfill quality assurance requirements.

As soon as a final agreement or contract statement of work is in place, contact the NEP Quality Coordinator to determine whether a quality assurance project plan (QAPP) will be required (see flowchart diagram). In general, a QAPP is required if your project will do any of the following activities:

  • Generate new environmental data.
  • Analyze existing environmental data.
  • Model environmental conditions.

The earlier in your project you begin the QAPP process, the easier it will be.

Please reach out to the NEP Quality Coordinator early in your process to discuss whether your project requires a QAPP. Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

You cannot begin work on your project until you either have an approved QAPP or confirmation from the NEP Quality Coordinator that a QAPP is not required.