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Environmental Sampling and Analytical Methods (ESAM) Program

MicroSAP and Companion Abbreviations and Acronyms


BGM Buffalo green monkey [kidney cells]
BSL Biological safety level


CDC U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDN Content delivery network
cDNA Complementary DNA
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CFU Colony forming unit
CMS Content management system
COC Chain of custody
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
CST Civil Support Team
Ct Cycle threshold


dPCR Digital PCR
DL Detection limit
DOT U.S. Department of Transportation
DMP Data management plan
DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid
DQA Data quality attribute
DQI Data quality indicator
DQO Data quality objective


EIC External inhibition control
EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
ERLN Environmental Response Laboratory Network
ERT Environmental Response Team
EU Environmental Unit Leader


FAQ Frequently asked question
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FEM Forum on Environmental Measurement
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FFA Focus forming assay
FFU Focus forming unit
FN False negative
FP False positive


GC Genomic copies
GPS Global Positioning System


HASP Health and safety plan
HAZWOPER Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
HEPA High efficiency particulate air
HHS U.S. Health and Human Services
HMR Hazardous Material Regulations
HSEEP Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program
HVAC Heating ventilation and air conditioning


IAC Internal amplification control
IATA International Air Transport Association
IC Incident Commander
ICS Incident Command System
ICLN Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks
IFA Immunofluorescent assay
IMS Immunomagnetic separation


LAN Local area network
LOD Limit of detection
LOQ Lower limit of quantitation
LPM Liters per minute
LRN Laboratory Response Network


MCM Medical countermeasures
MicroSAP Microbiological sampling and analysis plan
MCE Mixed cellulose filters
MDL Method detection limit
MG Megabyte
MOA Memorandum of agreement
MPN Most probable number
MQO Measurement quality objective
MS Matrix spike
MSD Matrix spike duplicate


NHSRC National Homeland Security Research Center
NIMS National Incident Management System
NRF National Response Framework


OD Optical density
ORD Office of Research and Development
OSC On-Scene Coordinator
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration


PAPR Powered air-purifying respirator
PCR Polymerase chain reaction
PDA Personal data assistant
PDF Portable document format
PFU Plaque forming unit
PHP Hypertext preprocessor
PNNL Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
POC Point of contact
PPE Personal protective equipment


QA Quality assurance
QAPP Quality assurance project plan
QC Quality control
qPCR Quantitative PCR


RE Recovery efficiency
RPD Relative percent difference
RNA Ribonucleic acid
RSD Relative standard deviation
RT-PCR Reverse transcription-PCR
RV-PCR Rapid viability-PCR


SAM Selected Analytical Methods for Environmental Remediation and Recovery
SAP Sampling and analysis plan
SCID Sample collection information docume
SOP Standard operating procedure
SQL Structured query language


TCVA Total culturable virus assay
TN True negative
TP True positive


UC Unified command
URL Uniform resource locator


VBNC viable but non-culturable
VSP visual sampling plan


WAM Web access management
WebEDR Web electronic data review
WMD Weapons of mass destruction
WMP Waste management plan

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