The MSDH Public Health Laboratory has been designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the certifying agency for approval of microbiological laboratories processing milk and dairy samples for compliance purposes.
The laboratory certification program ensures that approved laboratories use methods and techniques that are in substantial agreement with the current edition of Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products and method relevant FDA 2400 Series regulations.
The MSDH Office of Health Protection Milk and Bottled Water Program is the state regulatory agency which must approve laboratories prior to certification. Approved in-state laboratories wishing to participate in the state certification program should contact the Lead Milk Laboratory Evaluation Officer. Upon request, the materials relative to the program will be forwarded to the requestor.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), maintains a program designed to ensure that state public laboratories monitoring public drinking water supplies for regulated chemical and microbiological contaminants meet strict quality requirements.
This program also gives each state's Water Supply regulatory body the authority to inspect and certify private and non-regulatory government laboratories within the state for the analysis of regulated chemical and microbiological contaminants. This certification allows these laboratories to generate data that can be submitted to relevant local, state, and federal authorities on behalf of public water suppliers to document regulatory compliance.
The Mississippi Department of Health is the enforcement authority for the SDWA in our state. Within the agency, the Mississippi Public Health Laboratory Environmental Services Division operates and maintains the Water Supply Laboratory Chemistry and Microbiology Certification Program.
The MSDH Water Supply Laboratory Certification Program inspects and certifies laboratories located within the state of Mississippi and maintains a reciprocity program in which recognized certified laboratories located outside the state may conduct Water Supply analyses for Mississippi public water systems.
In-state laboratories wishing to participate in the state certification program and out-of-state laboratories wishing to participate in the reciprocal certification program should contact a Laboratory Certification Officer. Upon request, the materials relative to participation in the program will be forwarded to the requestor.
Mississippi does not directly certify laboratories located outside the state for EPA-regulated drinking water parameters. However, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) does honor certification by reciprocity under the Safe Drinking Water Act if the following criteria are met:
Bureau of Public Water Supply: (601) 576-7518, (601) 576-7800 (fax)
Public Health Laboratory: (601) 576-7582, (601) 576-7720 (fax)
MS Certifying Authority
US EPA Region 4 Officers
For further information, or answers to questions, contact a Laboratory Certification Officer at (601) 576-7582.
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