FHS Lab Q.A. Program

Fish Health Section Quality Assurance Program for Laboratories

The Standing Committee for Quality Assurance for the Fish Health Section (FHS) has designed a multi-tiered program for quality assurance and quality control in aquatic animal laboratories. This program is designed for the many small-medium sized laboratories which don’t have the resources to become accredited with more expensive/onerous programs, while still raising the quality and credibility of laboratory diagnostic/inspection services throughout North America. The program can be accomplished over time as resources become available, and is totally voluntary.

Tier 1 – Application Period for 2021

The Tier 1 phase requires applicants to provide establishment and documentation of quality assurance principals, based largely on Chapter 3 of the AFS-FHS Bluebook, including standard operating procedures for laboratory procedures and equipment, designation of key quality assurance personnel, as well as laboratory safety procedures.

The application period for 2021 will begin on January 1, and ends on May 31. The application form should be fully completed and signed, and mailed with payment to the address below or Apply Online.

Payments can be sent via check to the address above or completed online with PayPal (for an additional fee of 2.59% + $0.49) by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer at afsfhs00@gmail.com.

Reference Documents:

Fish Health Laboratory QA/QC Committee

Current Recognized Tier 1 Laboratories


Tier 2 – Application Period for 2021

This program has been in development for over two years. By necessity, it is a major step upward from the Tier 1 program, is somewhat complex and will likely take a significant amount of time and effort to achieve. This application relates to the second level of this process entitled “Tier II – Recognition”. There are several goals for this next level, including “raising the bar” even further from Tier One, verification that many of the accomplishments asserted in Tier One have been achieved, and finally, preparation for potential entry into a laboratory network or actual accreditation with an existing program. To accomplish these goals, laboratories will need to achieve an integrated quality management system (QMS). Submission date for each calendar year will be June 30. The application will be reviewed and approved or denied within 6 months of completing and submitting all required materials

Applicants should thoroughly read through the application as well as the accompanying guidelines document

The application period for 2021 will begin on January 1, and ends on June 30. The application form should be fully completed and signed, and sent with payment to:

Once the application has been received, further instructions will be sent to allow uploading of additional required materials.

Reference Documents:

Current Recognized Tier 2 Laboratories