FSIS Accredited Laboratories
The Accredited Laboratory Program (ALP) accredits nonfederal analytical chemistry laboratories to analyze meat and poultry food products for moisture, protein, fat, and salt (MPFS) content and/or certain classes of chemical residues. Currently the specific chemical residues are chlorinated hydrocarbons (CHC), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), sulfonamides, nitrosamines, and arsenic.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ALP is authorized by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 9, Parts 439 and 391.
Requirements for Accreditation
The requirements for accreditation are contained in 9 CFR, Part 439 and 391. In addition, there are operational instructions and procedures that need to be followed. Some of the requirements are:
- Submission of FSIS Form 10,110-2, Application for FSIS Accredited Laboratory Program (PDF Only)
- Payment of Accreditation Fees
- Adequate Facilities and Equipment
- Personnel Qualifications
- Sample Control, Sample Integrity
- Records Management
- Test Report Content and Format
- Use of Official and Approved Analytical Methods
- Random on-site Review and Audit of Facilities
- Participation in Proficiency Testing Programs
Additional Information About ALP
- Testing: Accreditation is limited to chemical testing of meat and poultry food products. When accredited, the analytical laboratory may be used in lieu of an FSIS laboratory for analyzing official regulatory samples.
- Availability: The Accredited Laboratory Program is voluntary and there is a non-refundable accreditation fee. Currently, the annual fee is $5,000 per accreditation.
- Accreditation Frequency: Accreditation is continuous. However, accreditation will be withdrawn if the laboratory fails to meet the requirements of the rules in 9 CFR or if the required accreditation fees are not paid.
- Recommended Procedures: The Accredited Laboratory Program recommends that participating laboratories follow standardizing procedures. Appropriate standards include Good Laboratory Practices and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Guide 17025.
- Proficiency Testing Program: Participation in the FSIS check sample program is required for both the initial and continued accreditation.
- Minimum Proficiency Levels (MPLs): Current ALP MPLs are published in 9 CFR 439. FSIS has published a proposal that would permit the ALP to use MPLs for currently validated FSIS methods. Current FSIS MPLs are published in Appendix I of the FSIS "Red Book" of National Residue Program Data (http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/2010_Red_Book.pdf, PDF Only). MPLs for arsenicals, sulfonamides, and CHCs/PCBs are listed in this Appendix.
- QA/QC Recoveries:: Current ALP recoveries are published in 9 CFR 439. FSIS has published a proposal that would permit the ALP to use recoveries for currently validated FSIS methods. Information on current FSIS QA/QC recovery ranges is available from the ALP staff at the telephone number and address below.
- Logo: There are no logos. However, the accredited laboratory may claim that it is USDA-FSIS Accredited for specific analysis of meat and poultry products.
- Recognition: ALP is recognized by all Federal and State Government agencies dealing with meat and poultry inspection. Some foreign countries also recognize it.
ALP is administered by the Office of Public Health and Science, FSIS.
Mail should be addressed to: Accredited Laboratory Program, P.O. Box 6085, Athens, GA 30604.
Federal Express and United Parcel Service packages for the Accredited Laboratory Program should be addressed to: Accredited Laboratory Program, Russell Research Center, Ste. PB-4, 950 College Station Rd., Athens, GA 30605.
Email inquiries and suggestions can be sent to: ALP@fsis.usda.gov.
The point of contact for the ALP is Jenny Scifres, (706) 546-2337.