New Delhi (NVI): The Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi has organized Analytical Quality Control (AQC) exercise in which 194 environmental labs from the Central and State level are participating for 9 trace metal parameters.
Environmental Laboratories of Central and State Pollution Control Boards, Pollution Control Committee’s, and EPA Recognized Private Labs are participating in the 33rd Analytical Quality Control (AQC) exercise for trace metal parameters, the Ministry of Environment said in a statement.
“The main objective of the AQC program is to continuously monitor the accuracy and reliability of the analytical data generated by these laboratories, to help to improve the infrastructure of laboratories and the quality of data,” the Ministry of Environment said in a satatement.
This exercise will help evaluate the performance of participating laboratories in terms of analytical activities, the robustness of instruments used for sample analysis and the expertise of manpower engaged in the laboratory.
It will also help to ensure the reliability of the analyzed data, for an informed and conclusive decision for the prevention and control of pollution.
The Ministry further said that the exercise is being conducted with in-house expertise and following the international norms with utmost care.
It said that the laboratories would analyse AQC samples, and communicate the test results on or before the due date. The performance of each laboratory would be evaluated based on scores and the scorecards would be sent by the end of March 31.
The metals included in the AQC exercise are Total Arsenic (As), Cadmium (Cd), Total Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Nickel (Ni), Lead (Pb) and Zinc (Zn) for the assessment of pollution in air and water, as per the official statement.