SCA Strategic Board Meeting - 21st April 2016
Report from the Solids Working Group
The EIC Laboratories group (acting as the Solids Working Group) last met on 4th March 2016 and some concern was voiced re the progress of the SCA.
Hazel Davidson is now working very reduced hours and has resigned from EIC, with Robin MacDonald taking over the Chair role of the Laboratories group. Chris Caird (from ALS, Director of Quality, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs) has volunteered to take over the SCA role of representing EIC on the SCA Executive Committee, and hopes to attend the meeting on 21st April.
The changes have caused some loss in continuity and progress, but a summary of the current projects is as follows:
Soil Preparation Method
This was submitted to the Executive Committee on 6th October 2015, for discussion at the SCA meeting on 8th October, which HD could not attend. The method was not fully reviewed, but John Watson (Southern Water) made a few comments re the general formatting on 30th March 2016. As there are no other soils chemists on the Board, he suggested sending the method to Fran Bilby for review and comment. (HD to action).
Several comments were received on each draft sent out for consultation, and v.12 was sent out for final consultation on 28th February 2016. Comments were received by 31st March, and no further consultation will be sent. The final v.13 will be completed by the end of April, subject to editing to comply with SCA format. The method will then be sent to the Executive Committee (and probably to Fran Bilby) for review. Other groups waiting for the publication of this method include the JIWG producing the CoP for asbestos in soil, and BOHS producing a training document for P408 relating to asbestos in soil.
Dave Smith (SAL) has taken over the Chair of this group, but no further progress has been made with this method, as there were concerns regarding the future of SCA documents and where they will be accessed.
The Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA) exists to provide authoritative guidance on methods of sampling and analysis of waters and effluents, sewage sludges, sediments, soils (including contaminated land) and biota. Where appropriate, guidance on the sampling and analysis of air will also be produced. The primary duty of SCA will be to develop and publish recommended analytical methods. This will not include the provision of advice on, or interpretation of results. All methods published by the SCA should be capable of satisfying a regulatory demand, be fit for purpose and represent best practice within the United Kingdom (UK).
However, validation data published with methods represents performance under a particular set of circumstances and is provided for illustrative purposes only. It is incumbent on users of SCA methods to assess performance on their equipment, in their laboratories, with their personnel.