APHL is collaborating with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide documents, best practice guidance, and accreditation strategies and resources to laboratories conducting regulatory food and animal feed testing.

The goal of this webpage is to address the needs of food and feed regulatory laboratories seeking initial, or expanding current, scope of accreditation in order to improve quality management systems and optimize testing capabilities. Please see a list of available resources below:

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Resources for Governmental Food and Animal Feed Laboratories

The APHL Member Resource Center offers a collection of documents created and reviewed by APHL and peers in the public health laboratory field. It gives members access to shared practices, communication tools, protocols, state newsletters and more.

APHL and its members have also collected resources specific to ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, which are available at the link below.

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(If you are from a governmental food or animal feed laboratory and are unable to login with the above link, please contact the Food Safety Department at foodsafety@aphl.org)

At the link, find resources pertaining to:

4.1 Ethics
4.3 Document Control
4.4 Contract Review
4.5 Subcontracting
4.6 Purchasing Services and Supplies
4.7 Customer Service
4.8 Customer Complaints
4.9 Quality Event Management
4.10 Improvement 
4.11 Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action
4.12 Preventive Action
4.13 Record Control
4.14 Internal Audits
4.15 Management Review
5.2 Training and Competency
5.3 Accommodations & Environmental Conditions
5.4 Validation-Verification
5.4.1 Method Deviations
5.4.6 Measurement of Uncertainty
5.5 Equipment
5.6 Traceability
5.7 Sampling
5.8 Test Item Receipt/Handling
5.9 Control Charting
5.9 Proficiency Testing
5.10 Review and Approval of Data
​FDA ISO CAP In-Person Meeting, May 2014
FDA ORA Documents
Master Lists
Quality Manuals