Several National Reference Laboratories and Pathology Laboratories are currently building their Quality Management System based on ISO 17025 Standard ( General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). Some of them are already accredited but most of them are seeking for accreditation by their respective accreditation bodies. Some of these laboratories, and more particularly those in the last countries joining the European Union, are asking for standardised procedures in histopathology.
Several pathologists having already some experience in the field of Quality Management are presently joining their efforts to produce Standard Operating Procedures. These SOPs can be used as templates by European laboratories and can help them when writing down their own documentation for Quality Management. These documents are available below in PDF files.
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Quality management and Accreditation
Diagnosis of mollusc diseases by histology or by using molecular biology tools (PCR, HIS) are now performed under a quality assurance system since 2003, but present histology and molecular laboratories are also used for research and students training purpose. Decision was taken in 2001 to build a new section - close to the present one - harbouring 3 new laboratories for mollusc diseases diagnosis by using histology, molecular biology and bacteriology techniques.
Construction of the new building started in late February 2006 and was finished in September 2006. The building was inaugurated on the 9th of February 2007 by Mr D. Bussereau, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Mr J.-Y. Perrot, CEO of Ifremer. The EURL for mollusc diseases has been accredited by the Cofrac (Comité français d'accréditation) in October 2009 for the diagnosis by histo-cytopathology of Bonamia sp., Marteilia sp., Perkinsus sp. and Mikrocytos sp. in molluscs (bivalves and gastropods).