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Fenelab Consortium acquires joint accreditation with 8 laboratories for SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests

Meteren, 11 May 2021. Since January, the Fenelab Consortium has been carrying out COVID-19 PCR analyzes at the request of the national government. This fulfills the social need for extra test capacity. The participating laboratories each individually have extensive experience with PCR and were already recognized (validated) by the RIVM for COVID-19 tests at the end of last year. They have now also been allowed by the RIVM to perform COVID analyzes in throat / nose swabs and saliva samples.

Joint and specific accreditation

Last week, non-medical testing laboratories added method specific accreditation for SARS-CoV-2 RNA using PCR to their scopes. And that in addition to the accreditation for the jointly operated CEL XL (Central Extraction Laboratory in Vlaardingen). The fact that the Accreditation Council (RvA) wanted to expand the scope of eight accredited laboratories at the same time in one process has never happened before and is unique in the Netherlands!

Strong cooperation

At the beginning of this year, 9 organizations, members of the trade association Fenelab, started performing PCR tests for GGD test locations. It is these members who make this possible: LabWing, Masterlab, Merieux Nutrisciences, Nofalab, Normec Biobeheer, NutriControl, Nutrilab, SGS and Triskelion. These organizations have already set up the consortium for this purpose at the end of last year.

Strong cooperation by the non-medical laboratories makes it possible to jointly acquire this accreditation from the Accreditation Council. The laboratories are authorized by the RvA to perform PCR tests for the food industry within the international ISO standard (ISO 17025). The separate 8 laboratories have now added an accreditation for SARS-COV-2 PCR to the scopes in addition to an accreditation for the CEL XL. In this process, these laboratories have coordinated their quality systems in order to guarantee the jointly delivered quality.

This is unique because now for the first time 8 competing laboratories have obtained one and the same accreditation from the RvA!

Non-medical laboratories continue to test SARS-CoV-2

Last year, the national government asked Fenelab through the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, Testing Service, to realize the extra test capacity. The consortium got to work energetically at the beginning of this year and there is mutual satisfaction with the services provided. For this reason and because there is still a strong need for sufficient test capacity, the collaboration has been extended until mid-July. in the medical testing landscape and thus in crisis situations can be engaged by the national government and other stakeholders as a reliable partner.

About Fenelab

Fenelab is the industry association of accredited laboratories and calibration and inspection institutions in the Netherlands. Fenelab represents approximately 90 independent laboratories in various sectors: environment, food, feed, agro, medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, (drinking) water, petrochemicals, forensics, calibration and construction. Fenelab members are public, semi-public and private organizations and employ approximately 5,000 people. The turnover amounts to more than 5.5 Billion Euro.

About the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19

The Fenelab Consortium COVID-19 is a partnership of Fenelab members who jointly make a SARS-CoV-2 test facility available on behalf of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the Testing Service. The consortium carries out corona tests at the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. At the start of the work, nine Dutch Fenelab members entered into a partnership to provide the special service.

For information about this press release and about Fenelab, please contact the secretary, drs. Edwin Zoontjes (0630062189, See further

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