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Third edition of "Accreditation for Microbiological Laboratories" published.

Micro plate. Original image credit: CDC

Eurachem are pleased to announce that, thanks to the work of an ad-hoc working group on microbiology, a substantially revised third edition of our Guide "Accreditation for Microbiological Laboratories" is now available from this website.

The aim of this guide is to provide microbiological laboratories with guidance on how to fulfil the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. The content will also be useful for organisations seeking accreditation or certification against the requirements of standards such as ISO 15189, GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) , GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice), and GCP (Good Clinical Practice)).

The principal changes in the third edition are:

  • update on recent trends in microbiology, e.g. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) techniques for the detection of microorganisms
  • addition of a list of abbreviations and symbols;
  • addition of a section on risk-based thinking;
  • updated sections on method verification and validation to reflect current ISO standards;
  • references to the use of a decision rule;
  • updated Annex A on terminology relevant to microbiology;
  • new Annex C on reporting confidence intervals;
    new Annex D on estimation of uncertainty from sampling;
    the order of sections in adherence with ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

Download the third edition here >>