National Advisory Committee on
Meat and Poultry Inspection
November 14 - 15, 2001
Briefing Paper: Overview of the FSIS
This briefing will provide the Committee with an overview of the
structure, function, and capabilities of the FSIS laboratories. The
Committee also will learn about recent and ongoing laboratory activities
designed to improve the efficiency, competency, and credibility of the
Regulatory laboratories must be held to
high standards of quality and service.
Results must be scientifically sound and
FSIS laboratories will soon obtain
accreditation under ISO Standard 17025.
A Laboratory Information Management System
(LIMS) is being installed.
LEARN, an electronic data reporting system,
is fully implemented.
Conversion to electronic sample submission
forms is underway.
FSIS is focusing on sample discards and
reducing turnaround times.
Increased efficiency, including the use of
robotics systems, is being emphasized.
Efforts are underway to identify and adapt
new technologies and methodologies.
Standardization and exchange of laboratory
data are being emphasized.
Cooperative agreement with AOAC on method
validation is in effect.
The laboratories have a role in response to
Dr. Patrick C. McCaskey
Assistant Deputy Administrator
USDA, FSIS, Office of Public Health and Science
950 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30605
(706) 546-3428 facsimile