NY Certified Radon Testing Information
For any radon test to be legal(and accurate)the report containing the results must have the New York State ELAP Laboratory ID number clearly indicated. To be sure that the ELAP ID number is legitimate go to www.nyradontesting.com and check it against the published list from the Wadsworth Center (see below). My ELAP ID number is 11809.
Environmental Laboratory Approval Program
The Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP) of the Wadsworth Center was established in 1984, under Section 502 of the Public Health Law and is responsible for the certification of laboratories performing environmental analyses on samples originating from New York State, thus ensuring the accuracy and reliability of these analyses. Accurate and reliable environmental analyses are a matter of vital concern, affecting the public health, safety and welfare of all NYS residents. All environmental laboratories analyzing samples from the State of New York must be certified.
ELAP currently grants certification to commercial, facility self-monitoring and government operated environmental laboratories, in categories covering Public potable (drinking) water, Non-potable water, Solid/hazardous Waste and ambient Air and Emissions. To become certified a laboratory must be directed by an individual who is qualified through education and experience, perform satisfactorily in at least semi-annual proficiency testing and an biennial on-site inspection. Certified laboratories are required to use state-approved analytical methods and adhere to a program of mandated quality assurance/quality control procedures.
Consumers are advised to review a selected laboratory's Certificates of Approval which are posted at the facility and bear red serial numbers to determine if the laboratory is appropriately approved.
You may contact ELAP by E-mail at ELAP@health.state.ny.us