Genomia - Accredited Veterinary Genetics Laboratory.
Genomia laboratory is accredited under number 1549. Genomia lab operates under ISO17025 standards.
What an accreditation means?
Accreditation is the procedure by which an authoritative body gives formal recognition that a laboratory is competent to carry out specific tasks. Accreditation allows people to make an informed decision when selecting a laboratory, as it demonstrates competence, impartiality and capability. It helps to underpin the credibility and performance of goods and services.
Accreditation bodies around the world, which have been evaluated by peers as competent, have signed an arrangement that enhances the acceptance of products and services across national borders. The purpose of this arrangement, the ILAC Arrangement, is to create an international framework to support international trade through the removal of technical barriers.
The Czech Accreditation Institute (CAI), National Accreditation Body, provides unambiguous, objective and independent assessment of competence (accreditation).
There is a uniform European accreditation system. The principle of a uniform European accreditation system, formed by national accreditation bodies working in conformity with uniform rules and performing accreditation according to defined internationally recognized standards, is based on the EC position as defined in the Global Conception of Testing and Certification. Certification. Obligatory accreditation standard for testing laboratories like Genomia is ISO 17025.
Accreditation is not compulsory for running a diagnostic genetic laboratory. Genomia has joined European Accreditation system voluntarily. Main reason, why the laboratory management decided for accrediting, is to prove that Genomia is respectable, reliable, high quality working and modern laboratory.
Because of the accreditation, Genomia has to indicate on the "result reports" which examinations are accredited and which are not. Genomia treats all samples and all the examinations in the same manner. Genomia always uses accredited practice; all laboratory methodologies are properly tested and validated.
The fact that some tests are unaccredited does not mean that the results are invalid or inferior. It just means that it has not been applied yet for accreditation assessment of the test. At this point it should be emphasized that not all laboratories in the field of veterinary genetic diagnostics are accredited; many of common veterinary genetic tests are no accredited in any of laboratories in Europe.
Genomia cooperates with customers from wide world; until now Genomia has cooperated with breeders from more than 30 world countries. Breeders from Czech Republic represent about 20% of all the customers.
References: Genomia cooperates with many breeding organizations. For example:
- CfBrH (Club für Britische Hütehunde)
- DCC (Deutscher Collie-Club e.V.)
- NSC (Nederlandse Spaniel Club)
- SCCGB (Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain)
- SCF (Shetland Club de France)
- Sheltie Amicale
- BCCCZ (Border Collie Club Czech Republic)
- KCHCS (Klubu chovatelů Collií a Sheltií)
International accreditation system is formed of:
- EA - European co-operation for Accreditation, www.european-accreditation.org (European level)
- ILAC - International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation, www.ilac.org (world level)
- IAF - International Accreditation Forum, www.iaf.org (world level)
- FAB - Forum of Accreditation Bodies
This international accreditation system guarantees professional level of work and approach of CAI.
Accreditation awarded by Czech Accreditation Institute is valid and respected in all states that have joined the ILAC Arrangement, for example whole EU, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, China, USA, Brazil, South Africa and others.