Lara A. Hall, MS, RQAP-GLP
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EDUCATION:

MS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Biology, 2000

BS, Virginia Tech, Biology, 1997, cum laude, Commonwealth Scholar

 
RANKINGS & RECOGNITION:

Commonwealth Scholar in Honors, Virginia Tech, 1997

 

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Lara A. Hall is a staff Scientist at The Acta Group (Acta®) and Registered Quality Assurance Professional in Good Laboratory Practices (RQAP-GLP) with over a decade of experience in environmental research, study monitoring, and international regulatory support. Ms. Hall assists clients in placing and monitoring studies to assist with new chemicals, pesticides, biocides, and endocrine disruptor testing programs (domestic and international); developing testing plans for chemicals that are subject to regulatory approval; and assessing studies for conformance with testing guidelines, data compensation, and regulatory and GLP requirements.

A passion for aquatic ecology born during undergraduate field work with the Virginia Tech Department of Biology's "Stream Team" has led Ms. Hall through a distinguished career, including positions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Environmental Sciences Division; the Stroud Water Research Center, where she led field research and was responsible for data management and quality assurance (QA) and control; and most recently as senior scientist and QA auditor at a toxicology consulting firm where she monitored and quality assured ecotoxicology, environmental fate, physical-chemical properties, product chemistry, and analytical method validation studies from protocol development through final reporting.

Ms. Hall's commitment to scientific integrity, deadlines, budgets, and her acute attention to detail are all invaluable to clients pursuing regulatory compliance in a competitive business climate.  She is proficient in monitoring and auditing studies through all phases of environmental testing programs, including test plan development, laboratory inspection and study placement, protocol development, dose selection, in life monitoring, and report and data review for scientific integrity and compliance, budget management, and sponsor updates.  Her regulatory experience includes dossier and robust summary preparation, environmental risk assessment, fate modeling, and interfacing with a global network of regulatory officials related to submissions under the European Union (EU) Biocidal Products Directive/Regulation (BPD/BPR); U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Representative Engagements:

  • Assisted manufacturers of various active chemical substances, additives, and intermediates, and product formulators develop testing strategies and data in support of registrations in the U.S. and Europe.
  • Assisted in the preparation of REACH registration dossiers, including study evaluations and response to inquiries about testing and analytical challenges with substances of Unknown or Variable compositions, Complex reaction products and Biological materials (UVCB).
  • Assessed studies for compliance with established testing guidelines and GLP Standards to ensure regulatory acceptance.
  • Inspected domestic non-clinical testing facilities for compliance with GLP Standards to ensure the integrity and regulatory acceptance of health and environmental safety studies conducted therein.  
  • Supported a group of domestic manufacturers in the management of their regulatory and research database to permit continued product stewardship.
  • Assisted a consortium of domestic manufacturers prepare proactively for engagement in the EPA Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) to ensure timely and effective response to anticipated test orders for a substance identified under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Professional & Community Involvement:

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 2003 – present

Society of Quality Assurance (SQA), 2004 – present

National Capital Area Regional Society of Quality Assurance (NCARSQA), 2003 – present

American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 1999 – 2001

North American Benthological Society (NABS), renamed Society for Freshwater Science, 1996 - 2002

Publications:

Andrew R. Bourne, Lara A. Hall, Lisa R. Burchi, "EU Biocidal Products Regulation and Its Impact on Industry: A Practical Briefing," Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Reporter, February 26, 2014.

Newbold, J.D., T.L. Bott, L.A. Kaplan, C.L. Dow, L.A. Martin, D.J. Van Horn, and A.A. de Long. 2006. "Uptake of nutrients and organic C in streams in New York City drinking-water-supply watersheds." Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25(4):998-1017.

Martin, L.A., P.J. Mulholland, J.R. Webster, and H.M. Valett.  2001.  "Denitrification potential in sediments of headwater streams in the southern Appalachian Mountains, USA."  Journal of North American Benthological Society 20(4):505-519.

Note: These  articles were published under Ms. Hall's former name, Lara A. Martin.

Speaking Engagements:

"EPA's Supplemental Distribution Enforcement Actions Are Buzzing: How to Avoid Getting Stung," Bergeson & Campbell P.C. Webinar (July 23, 2014).

Bloomberg BNA Webinar -- "EU Biocidal Products Regulation: What it Means for Industry and How it Compares to U.S. Regulation" (April 30, 2014).


 
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