JOAP PROGRAMS AND REPORTS
4-1. General. This section provides general information concerning JOAP programs and reports.
4-2. Background. The JOAP certification and correlation programs are primary elements of the JOAP quality
assurance effort to ensure standardization of operations and quality of oil analysis by the laboratories enrolled in
these programs. Participation in these programs by both organic and contracted laboratories is mandatory for all
laboratories equipped with atomic emission rotrode spectrometers.
4-3. JOAP Certification Program,
a. Purpose. To ensure that all participating laboratories meet specified criteria in order to maintain quality
and uniformity of spectrometric oil analysis between laboratories.
(1) All DOD oil analysis laboratories, (organic or under contract to a DOD agency or US military
service for the purpose of analyzing samples from US government equipment or supplies) will participate in the
JOAP Correlation Program. Laboratories with approved types of atomic emission rotrode spectrometers are
certified by the Director, JOAP-TSC. Only certified laboratories may perform interservice oil analysis functions.
Uncertified laboratories may perform intraservice or intraagency analysis functions only with the service Program
Manager's written authorization.
(2) The JOAP Certification Program is currently standardized on the atomic emission rotrode
spectrometer. Atomic absorption (AA) spectrophotometers and Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometers
do not meet the certification criteria, and therefore will not be certified for interservice oil analysis. AA or ICP
laboratories may be approved for independent operations by Program Managers for individual service oil
c. Certification Procedures. The JOAP-TSC certifies laboratories upon their initial establishment and
relocation based on the Service Program Manager's attestation (see figure 4-1) that the laboratory/spectrometer
meets specified criteria and the laboratory/spectrometer's satisfactory participation in the JOAP Correlation
Program. The certification checklist enables the JOAP-TSC to ensure that laboratories meet minimum criteria
required for an operating laboratory.
An officer, senior non-commissioned officer*, or senior civilian manager who is
responsible for laboratory operations must sign the certification checklist. For
contractor operated laboratories, an Officer-in-charge is considered to be the lowest
level of government supervision within the laboratory's chain of command authorized
to sign correspondence leaving the installation. *Not applicable to AOAP
d. Categories of Certification. Based upon qualifications and performance, the JOAP-TSC places eligible
laboratories/spectrometers in the following certification categories:
(1) Certified - Correlation average for 3 months is 80 percent or above and all certification checklist
(2) Uncertified - Correlation average for 3 months falls below 80 percent and/or certification checklist
requirement(s) not satisfied.