There are 6 Testing Laboratories in the Scientific Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment „BIOR”.
Central laboratories in Riga:
- Laboratory of Food and Environmental Investigations (LFEI)
- Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL)
- Laboratory of Medical Microbiology (LMM)
Regional laboratories with sample - reception offices:
Accredited Calibration Laboratory has been working in the Institute since 2006. (Certifficate of Accreditation - LATAK) (501.86 Kb)
All the Institute's laboratories have been assessed and accredited according to LVS EN ISO / IEC 17025 standard.
(Certifficate of Accreditetion - LATAK) (299.06 Kb)
The Institute is responsible for the selection of appropriate analytical methods and their compliance with EU legislation.
The Institute works with standardized test methods (ISO, EN, the OIE standard, methods included in the EU regulations, NMKL etc.) Also methods developed in the laboratories of the Institute BIOR have been used. Comparing with other Latvian laboratories, the Institute “BIOR” as the official control laboratory has to fulfil a number of criteria to apply methods of monitoring processes. These criteria are: accuracy, limit of quantitative and qualitative detection, precision, repeatability, reproducibility, selectivity, sensitivity, linearity, etc. Also measurement uncertainty has to be assessed for all quantitative analysis.
On the one hand these criteria inflict additional financial, technological and intellectual burden for the laboratory and lower its competitiveness in a free market in comparison with other laboratories for which such requirements are not mandatory. But on the other hand it gives more significant level of confidence for both - specific analytical results and for the state official monitoring in general. This creates a broad methodological basis of knowledge and technologies for advanced experimental research and scientific creativity.
Accreditation scope of Institute laboratories contains more than 400 test methods. They cover different types of analysis and almost completely provide implementation of official state monitoring programs. Due to insufficient funding or small amount of samples certain types of examinations are ordered in foreign laboratories and research institutes.
New methods have introduced in following cases:
- changes of legislative requirements;
- improvement of the official standard methods according to the latest scientific and technical solutions;
- if the investigations, which are not included in the framework of laboratory scope, have been planned for official control;
- implementation of a new equipment.
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Important role in the methodological development of laboratory is its cooperation with the Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia. Precise mutual coordination of national monitoring needs is a possibility to create accurate and reliable knowledge-and skills-based, and economically viable model of national laboratory surveillance.