Accreditation of GMO detection laboratories: Improving the reliability of GMO detection
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- Žel, J., Cankar, K., Ravnikar, M. et al. Accred Qual Assur (2006) 10: 531. doi:10.1007/s00769-005-0074-8
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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.