Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development ISO/IEC Cooperative Agreement Proposal Research & Related PHS398 Project Summary/AbstractTitle: ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for State Food Testing Laboratories (U18)Number: RFA-FD-12-008________________________________________________________________________In applying for this FDA Cooperative Agreement opportunity, the Geagley Laboratory of theMichigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development commits to meeting the goals,obligations and deliverables included in the agreement.In addition to laboratory participation, the Food Division of the Michigan Department ofAgriculture and Rural Development maintains a food safety inspection contract with FDA andhas been enrolled in the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards (MFRPS) since 2009.Microbiological testing performed on behalf of the State manufactured food regulatory programwill remain accredited within the scope of an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory,currently the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Staffing andequipment/supplies charged through this agreement will be utilized to maintain and enhance thisaccreditation and increase laboratory testing through accredited procedures in an effort to expandthe analytical capacity for FDA and enhance efforts to protect the food supply. Data generatedwill be made available for consideration of FDA enforcement actions as well as for surveillancepurposes during response to foodborne outbreaks through eLEXNET.The laboratory's Food and Feed Safety Section (performs food chemical testing), with assistancefrom the laboratory's quality assurance staff, will strive to attain and maintain accreditation byA2LA and add appropriate chemical food analyses on behalf of the State manufactured foodregulatory program to their intended scope of accreditation. This will include implementationand maintenance of the section's quality system, appropriate staff training in ISO/IECrequirements, training for entering data into eLEXNET, performance of appropriate proficiencysamples and any additional deliverables as dictated through the cooperative agreement.Both testing sections will propose a five-year plan and detailed budget that is intended to achieve,maintain, and/or enhance ISO/IEC 2005 laboratory accreditation.It is the long term intent of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,Geagley Laboratory, to have all sections of the laboratory accredited to ISO in the future.Therefore, it is a commitment that any capabilities acquired through this cooperative agreementopportunity will be incorporated into the ongoing workload planning for participating sectionsthroughout the lifetime of the cooperative agreement and beyond.
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development ISO/IEC Cooperative Agreement Proposal Research &Related PHS398 Project Narrative Title: ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for State Food Testing Laboratories (U18) Number: RFA-FD-12-008 The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is pleased to submit the following proposal for participation in the FDA ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation for State Food Testing Laboratories Cooperative Agreement (U18). _______________________________________________________________________ If granted this cooperative agreement opportunity, the Geagley Laboratory at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development commits to utilize the funding for sections to either maintain or pursue ISO/IEC accreditation. The sections involved would include Microbiology, Food and Feed Safety (food chemistry) and Quality Assurance and funding would be used to support personnel, training and necessary equipment/supplies.