(A) The director shall issue or renew a laboratory certificate of approval provided the laboratory has met the laboratory certification requirements as described in this chapter of the Administrative Code.
(1) Laboratory certification shall expire within three years from the effective date of certification. Laboratory certification shall expire within one year from the effective date of certification if the laboratory certification:
(a) Is an initial certification under rule 3745-89-03 of the Administrative Code; or
(b) Directly follows a period of revocation or denial of a former certification under this rule.
(2) The period and provisions of each laboratory certification are summarized on a laboratory certificate of approval which is issued to the laboratory as a record of the certification and its details.
(B) The director may deny, suspend, or revoke a laboratory certification, or all such certifications issued to a laboratory under this chapter, in accordance with Chapter 3745-47 of the Administrative Code, upon finding that:
(1) The laboratory or any laboratory personnel has falsified laboratory data;
(3) The laboratory has submitted a proficiency test sample to another laboratory for analysis and reported the data as its own;
(4) A person not named on a valid laboratory certificate of approval performed analyses of a water proficiency test sample for purposes of retaining a valid laboratory certification;
(5) The laboratory or any laboratory personnel is performing, reporting, or failing to report drinking water analyses in such a manner as to threaten public health or welfare; or
(6) The laboratory failed to satisfactorily correct deviations.
(C) The director may deny, suspend or revoke an individual's certification to perform laboratory analyses issued under this chapter if the individual is an operator certified under Chapter 3745-7 of the Administrative Code and said certification is suspended or revoked for any reason other than falsification.
(D) The director shall revoke an individual's certification to perform laboratory analyses issued under this chapter if the individual is an operator certified under Chapter 3745-7 of the Administrative Code and said certification is suspended or revoked for actions related to falsification.
(E) During the pendency of an action to suspend or revoke a laboratory certification, the results of performances on a proficiency test shall not be considered by the director in making a determination to suspend or revoke the certification.
(F) The results of drinking water analyses shall not be acceptable for determining compliance with Chapters 3745-81, 3745-82, and 3745-9 or rule 3745-91-06 of the Administrative Code, or for other analyses required by the director, if the results are obtained in violation of rule 3745-81-27 of the Administrative Code or this chapter during the pendency of an action to suspend or revoke a laboratory certification.
(G) Suspension of a laboratory certification shall be for a time period specified by the director but no less than thirty days, and no more than six months, provided a correction statement is submitted in writing to the director addressing each individual deviation within the time period specified by the director and is acceptable to the director in accordance with paragraph (I) of this rule.
(H) The director may notify or require a laboratory to notify its customers, within a specific period of time, of its suspended or revoked certification.
(I) The laboratory shall demonstrate in a manner acceptable to the director that deviations have been addressed to cease suspended certification. The demonstration shall be in writing and may include, but not be limited to, on-site surveys or other means as determined by the director. If the deviations are not satisfactorily addressed within the specified time period, the certificate may remain suspended or be revoked.
(J) Revocation or denial of a new or renewed laboratory certification shall remain in effect for a time period specified by the director of not less than ninety days and not more than one year. Laboratories shall not reapply for certification until the period of denial or revocation expires. After such time, the laboratory may apply for certification as specified in rule 3745-89-03 of the Administrative Code.
(K) All actions under this rule affecting the status of a laboratory's certification shall be in accordance with Chapter 3745-47 of the Administrative Code. The director shall notify the laboratory of any action to deny, suspend, or revoke certification. An action taken by the director under this rule does not preclude the director from pursuing additional civil or criminal enforcement. Suspension or revocation may include any or all laboratory certifications issued by the director under this chapter.
Replaces: Former 3745-89-06