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Analytical Services Program

The Analytical Services Program (ASP) works to assure DOE managers, workers and the public that the data results acquired from analytical environmental laboratories are valid, reliable, defensible, and that treatment and disposal of DOE low-level radioactive and mixed waste is accomplished in accordance with all applicable regulations and in a manner protective of human health and the environment. The ASP is a corporate program, servicing all Departmental program line organizations, including the National Nuclear Security Administration. 

The ASP has three component elements: (1) the Department of Energy's Consolidated Audit Program (DOECAP); (2) the Mixed Analyte Performance Evaluation Program (MAPEP); and, (3) The Visual Sample Plan (VSP) that provides the Department with software toolkits to support field environmental sampling and enhance environmental decision-making, and accompany field training of these software packages. For more information about ASP see the 2013 Annual Report. Also presentations on DOECAP and MAPEP are available.


DOECAP conducts consolidated qualification audits of participating privately operated analytical laboratories and commercial waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. DOECAP reduces Departmental risks and liabilities thereby improving performance levels of laboratories and waste vendor facilities. The DOECAP model eliminates redundant audits of laboratories and facilities otherwise conducted by individual DOE sites.  

One of the major tools for sharing program information is the password protected DOECAP Electronic Data System (EDS). Access for non-DOECAP participants and audited facilities is limited to key program correspondence and documents, contractual information, audit schedules, and program contact information. For more information about EDS, go to:


MAPEP serves as a valuable quality assurance tool for the DOE and is currently the only DOE performance evaluation program providing quality assurance oversight for environmental analytical services. It is also the only proficiency testing program that includes radiological, stable inorganic and organic constituents (i.e., mixed analytes) in the same single-blind sample for analytical performance evaluation. The samples use various matrices including soils, water, vegetation, and air filters. It is important to note that the MAPEP samples are not a mixed waste.

MAPEP is managed by the Radiological Environmental Sciences Laboratory.  For more information on MAPEP, go to:


VSP is a multi-agency sponsored sampling design and statistical assessment toolkit. An interactive, user-friendly, software tool, VSP is used to determine the number and location of samples to ensure confident and statistically defensible decisions, as well as perform statistical and data quality assessment in support of the decision making process.

VSP assists with identifying the nature and extent of environmental contamination resulting in overall cleanup cost savings for DOE. VSP supports the development and regulatory acceptance of cost-effective and defensible sampling and statistical analysis approaches.

VSP is managed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. For more information on VSP go to PNNL's Visual Sample Plan website.