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Proficiency testing in the food microbiology laboratory.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10457655     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Laboratories offering a quality service for the microbiological examination of food must implement a quality assurance system. An effective system should, in addition to daily quality control of procedures, consumables, and equipment, include external laboratory accreditation to a recognised standard, the use of validated test methods, and participation in an external quality assessment (proficiency testing) scheme. External quality assessment (EQA) is a system in which samples of known but undisclosed content are introduced into a laboratory's routine testing procedure, in other words, a challenge to those procedures. There are a number of EQA schemes available to food microbiology laboratories, either offering freeze dried mixtures of organisms as simulated foods or preweighed portions of spiked dried foods. There are a number of important requirements for an effective EQA scheme and a range of benefits from participation to a laboratory. These are discussed in the light of experience with the development of a specific scheme.
D Roberts
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arhiv za higijenu rada i toksikologiju     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0004-1254     ISO Abbreviation:  Arh Hig Rada Toksikol     Publication Date:  1999 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-13     Completed Date:  1999-10-13     Revised Date:  2000-12-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373100     Medline TA:  Arh Hig Rada Toksikol     Country:  CROATIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  55-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
PHLS Food Hygiene Laboratory, Central Public Health Laboratory, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Food Microbiology / standards*
Laboratories / standards*
Quality Control

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