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Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 531-536

Accreditation of GMO detection laboratories: Improving the reliability of GMO detection

  • Jana ŽelAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Biology Email author 
  • , Katarina CankarAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Biology
  • , Maja RavnikarAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Biology
  • , Marjana CamlohAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Biology
  • , Kristina GrudenAffiliated withDepartment of Plant Physiology and Biotechnology, National Institute of Biology

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Abstract

Reliable and efficient methods for detecting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are essential for establishing an effective system for traceability all along the supply chain from seed producers to final consumers. The latter is especially meaningful in European Union and other countries where strict legislations on GMOs were set up. Performance of the methods used in laboratories around the world should be uniform, in order to obtain reliable and comparable results. Accreditation is a suitable system for harmonising procedures in each testing laboratory. In this paper, key elements for the accreditation of molecular biology methods for GMO detection according to ISO/IEC 17025 are described. The procedures described are also valuable for the accreditation of molecular methods for all laboratory diagnostics where qualitative and quantitative characterisation of nucleic acids is needed.

Keywords

Accreditation Genetically modified organisms Molecular methods Quantitative PCR Quality assurance