(CMR) The Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL) of the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has reported very positive progress on its journey in preparing for international accreditation. The EHL is working to reach the International Standard ISO 17025 (2017) general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.
DEH Director Richard Simms praised the progress and continuous improvement of the work carried out and reported during their Annual Laboratory Management Review by members of the EHL.
“It has been intensive teamwork leading us to the right path to achieve this important milestone very soon. This accreditation will enhance the confidence in the analytical services produced by our laboratory in accordance with international standards,” he said.
A meeting held on Friday, 22 July 2022, in the Conference Room of the George Town Library, was an opportunity to update the DEH management team on the accreditation status, discuss the challenges encountered in the process, and map the way forward.
Currently, the EHL is conducting testing mainly for ready-to-eat as part of the DEH’s food safety program.
Environmental Health Laboratory Manager Antoinette Johnson explained that “the scope we are seeking is the Food and Pharmaceutical Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program which encompasses laboratories that test products intended for human consumption as well as environmental samples related to foods or consumables.”
This scope includes ready-to-eat food samples, in-process food samples, ingredients in the production of food, final products, and environmental samples pertinent to foods.