Quality Control for Analytical Materials used in Microbiology Laboratories
Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 44 years. After graduating from the University of Toronto, School of Hygiene in 1972, he joined the Laboratory Services Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health as a Research Scientist. In 1982, Michael accepted the position of Chief, Environmental Microbiology, which he held until he changed his career path in March of 1999. He is currently operating as Brodsky Consultants, an independent microbiological consultant in food and water safety, laboratory accreditation and quality assurance. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and AOAC International. He serves as Co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC OMA and the AOAC Research Institute, as a reviewer for Standard Method for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and as a chapter editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology. He is also a lead auditor/assessor in microbiology for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA) and is Vice-chair of the CALA Board of Directors.
Many laboratories are unsure about which QC practices are needed and what criteria to use to assess the acceptability of the performance of analytical materials, to meet not only their requirements but also to meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. During this webinar, we will discuss a practical QC approach for in-house prepared and/or commercially purchased media, test kits and reagents specifically applicable to microbiology laboratories.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will learn:
- To understand intrinsic and extrinsic factors which can affect the performance of culture media, test kits, reagents and other analytical materials
- To identify Control Points (CP) and Critical Control Points (CCP) in media quality assessment
- To develop appropriate QC Practices and acceptability criteria to evaluate the performance of analytical materials for laboratory use
- Control Points
- Critical Control Points
- QC from purchase to disposal
- Performance Criteria
Who Should Attend
- Microbiological bench analysts
- QA managers
- Laboratory managers/supervisors
- QC practitioners