Accreditation Status of Agri-Food Laboratories

 
 
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 The Agri-Food Laboratories Branch's (AFLB) quality management system has been accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 since 2001. AFLB is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) as a testing laboratory for specific test methods. The specific test methods are listed on our Scope of Accreditation.

Under our accreditation we also meet the requirements of:

  • EURACHEM – Accreditation for Microbiological Laboratories
  • CITAC/EURACHEM – Guide to Quality in Analytical Chemistry
  • OIE, World Organization for Animal Health – OIE Quality Standard and Guidelines for Veterinary Laboratories: Infectious Diseases
Our accreditation is based on a Quality Management System (QMS) which is audited at two year intervals by the SCC. The audit team consists of a team leader either from SCC or under contract to them and a number of technical assessors who are experts in the tests they are investigating. Both the QMS and the individual tests must pass the scrutiny of the audit team in order for accreditation to be recommended. The approval of test methods by experts who have examined them directly is what makes accreditation superior to the "certification" by other programs where only the method documentation is assessed.


 
 
 
 

Other Documents in the Series

 
  Agri-Food Laboratories Branch
Agri-Food Laboratories Branch: Chemistry Section
Agri-Food Laboratories Branch: Biology Section
Accreditation Status of Agri-Food Laboratories - Current Document
Agri-Food Laboratories: Containment Level 3 and Support Section
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's Containment Level 3 Facility
Information for Research Applicants to the ARD CL3 Facility
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on June 13, 2002.
Last Reviewed/Revised on January 6, 2015.