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 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

The application period for 2022 will begin on January 1, and ends on May 31. Once you start your application, you can save and continue it at another time. Payments can be sent via check to the address above 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 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). Please review the requirements before starting the application.

Tier 2 Application: Part 1

The application period for 2022 will begin on January 1, and ends on June 30. The application fee is $1,200. Send payment to Aimee Reed at 416 Nash Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, 97331 or via 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

Reference Documents:

Current Recognized Tier 2 Laboratories