Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 531–536

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

  • Jana Žel
  • Katarina Cankar
  • Maja Ravnikar
  • Marjana Camloh
  • Kristina Gruden
General Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00769-005-0074-8

Cite this article as:
Žel, J., Cankar, K., Ravnikar, M. et al. Accred Qual Assur (2006) 10: 531. doi:10.1007/s00769-005-0074-8

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 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jana Žel
    • 1
  • Katarina Cankar
    • 1
  • Maja Ravnikar
    • 1
  • Marjana Camloh
    • 1
  • Kristina Gruden
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Physiology and BiotechnologyNational Institute of BiologyLjubljanaSlovenia

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