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.
Payments can be sent via check to the address above or completed online with PayPal. The AFS PayPal email is firstname.lastname@example.org (add $15.50 PayPal fee).
- QA-QC Tier 1 Application 07-02-2020
- Appendix A – Model Quality Assurance/Quality Control Program for Fish Health Laboratories
- Appendix B – Standard Operating Procedure Template (required, unless prior permission from QA Committee has been obtained)
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
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.
- Tier II application 07-01-20
- General guidelines for Tier 2 application
- Appendix A – Quality Manual
- Appendix B – Biosafety Level 2 Reference
- Appendix C – Biosafety 2 Check List
- Appendix D – Proficiency Testing Reference
- Appendix E – Internal Audit Checklist