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Veterinary medicine

Veterinary medicine

A veterinary laboratory takes samples and performs analyses in order to ensure that animals receive a proper treatment.

It is important that the veterinary medicine work is done in a proper way to achieve results that are reliable.

Swedac accredits veterinary medicine laboratory testing. The accreditation ensures that the samples were handled and analysed in a quality assured and controlled manner, regardless of the laboratory’s size, geographic location or whether it is private or public organization.

The accreditation means that the activities are carried out in an impartial, accurate way and that they are based on internationally recognized standards. At an accreditation, requirements are set for staff competence, methods and documentation of the work.

Accreditation of veterinary medicine laboratories covers various areas such as parasitology, bacteriology, mycology and virology.

Requirements and guidance documents:

Documents that contain accreditation requirements

ISO/IEC 17025:2017, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
STAFS 2015:8,  Regulations and general guidelines on accreditation
STAFS 2011:33, Regulations and general guidelines on accreditation of laboratories

Documents providing guidance for compliance with accreditation requirements

EA-2/15 M:2008, Requirements for the Accreditation of Flexible scopes
EA-4/02 M:2013, Expression of the Uncertainty of Measurement in Calibration
EA-4/14 INF:2003, The Selection and Use of Reference Materials
EA-4/16 G:2003, Guideline on the Expression of Uncertainty in Quantitative Testing
EA-4/18 INF:2010, Guidance on the level and frequency of proficiency testing participation
EA-INF/13:2015, The Assessment and Accreditation of Opinions and Interpretations using ISO/IEC 17025:2005
ILAC P9:06/2014, ILAC Policy for Participation in National and International Proficiency Testing Activities
ILAC P10:01/2013, ILAC Policy on Traceability of Measurement Results
ILAC G17:2002, Introducing the Concept of Uncertainty of Measurement in Testing in Association with the Application of the Standard ISO/IEC 17025
ILAC P14:01/2013, ILAC Policy för osäkerhet vid kalibrering
ILAC G7:02/2016, Accreditation Requirements and Operating Criteria for Horseracing Laboratories
ILAC G8:03/2009 Guidelines on the Reporting of Compliance with Specification (under revision)
ILAC G18:04/2010, Guideline for the Formulation of Scopes of Accreditation for Laboratories (under revision)
ILAC G24:2007, Guidelines for the determination of calibration intervals of measuring instruments (under revision)
SWEDAC DOC 01:14, Assessment of quality systems in an electronic environment
SWEDAC DOC 02:5, Guidance for Swedac´s assessors on the assessment of laboratories based on the requirements set out in SS-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005
SWEDAC DOC 03:9, Flexible accreditation for laboratories
SWEDAC DOC 04:2, Requirements on accredited bodies in respect of calibration and traceability
SWEDAC DOC 05:2, Kvalitativa undersökningar – uppskattning och kontroll av osäkerhet inom laboratoriemedicin
SWEDAC DOC 05:6, Internal audits – guidance for laboratories and inspection bodies
SWEDAC DOC 06:9, Swedac’s policy for the participation of accredited laboratories and inspection bodies in proficiency testing schemes
SWEDAC DOC 10:5, Vägledning för informationssäkerhetsarbete
SWEDAC DOC 12:7, Vägledning vid användning av vågar på provningslaboratorier och kontrollorgan