The feed analysis laboratory: Establishment and quality control


The feed analysis laboratory:
Establishment and
quality control
Setting up a feed analysis laboratory,
and implementing a quality assurance system
compliant with ISO/IEC 17025:2005


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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome 2013


Animal feed quality is crucial in the livestock sector. This document presents the sequence of activities for establishing a Feed Quality Analysis Laboratory – from initial planning, building and layout; through hiring suitable staff and selecting methods and equipment; and culminating in accreditation, based on an estimated four-year time frame.

The Quality Management System is stressed, and the document highlights validation of methods, personnel and training; systematic equipment maintenance and calibration; proficiency testing; quality control procedures; reporting; and auditing.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1


Chapter 2
Development of a business plan


Chapter 3
Setting up and running the laboratory


Chapter 4
Implementation of a Quality Management System and the road to accreditation


Sources used


Appendix A
Ensuring quality analytical performance


Appendix B
First line of quality control and the use of Shewhart charts


Appendix C
Validation requirements


Appendix D
Calculation of uncertainty of measurement


Appendix E
An example of technical records for a determination


Appendix F
An example of a maintenance and calibration document


Appendix G
An example of a training record


Appendix H
Procedure for traceability of volumetric calibration


Appendix I
Trend analysis

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