The Partnership for Food Protection (PFP) Governing Council would like to announce completion of a new PFP document entitled, “Food/Feed Testing Laboratories Best Practices Manual - Draft”. We want to share this PFP work product with all of our valued partners and to ask for your assistance in disseminating this document to your colleagues, as appropriate. The target audience for this document is laboratories working towards the goal of establishing a food or feed testing program that may become a functional and productive part of a national integrated food safety system (IFSS).
The “Food/Feed Testing Laboratories Best Practices Manual - Draft” was developed by the PFP Laboratory Task Group (LTG). The PFP LTG is co-led by FDA and State partners and is comprised of seven subcommittees: Accreditation, Regulatory Annex, Proficiency Testing, Sampling, Methods, Analytical Worksheet Packages, and Reporting as reflected in the sections of this Manual. These subcommittees are led by FDA and State laboratory professionals and consist of members from multiple Federal, State and local agencies.
The PFP LTG was charged to document best practices and procedures for food/feed laboratories to support confidence in the integrity and scientific validity of laboratory analytical data and facilitate the acceptance of laboratory analytical data by regulatory agencies. The “Food/Feed Testing Laboratories Best Practices Manual” provides a set of tools, definitions, and references that laboratories can use to improve their operations towards mutual reliance.
The PFP Governing Council thanks you for your continued interest in the Partnership’s work in the development of an Integrated Food Safety System (IFSS). And thank you in advance for sharing this document with your colleagues.
Sincerely on behalf of the PFP Governing Council,
Barbara Cassens, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs
Patrick Kennelly, California Department of Public Health
PFP Governing Council Co-chairs
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