FHS Lab Q.A. Program

Fish Health Section Quality Assurance Program for Laboratories

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


Tier 1 – Application Period for 2022

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. Please review the requirements before starting the application.

Tier 1 Application-click here to apply

The application deadline is September 1. Once you start your application, you can save and continue it at another time. For questions and communications, contact us at afsfhsqaqc@gmail.com. Payments can be sent via check or completed online with PayPal (for an additional PayPal fee of $13.80) 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 2022

This program 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 2 – 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). Please review the requirements before starting the application.

Tier 2 Application: Part 1-click here to apply

The application deadline is September 1. Once you start your application, you can save and continue it at another time. For questions and communications, contact us at afsfhsqaqc@gmail.com. Payments can be sent via check or completed online with PayPal (for an additional PayPal fee of $32.41) by contacting the Secretary-Treasurer at afsfhs00@gmail.com. Once the application has been received, further instructions will be sent to allow uploading of additional required materials for Part 2.

Tier 2 Application: Part 2-click here to apply

Reference Documents:

Current Recognized Tier 2 Laboratories