Each IdentiGEN facility is ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited. The scope of accreditations can be found at:
ISO 17025 is an international standard that assesses the technical competency of laboratories and helps to ensure accurate data generation, controlled test, methods and procedures, and properly trained personnel. The ISO 17025 accreditation process covers every aspect of laboratory management, including sample preparation, analytical testing proficiency, report generation and record keeping.
The accreditation process also includes assessment of IdentiGEN’s commitment to quality, customer focus, adequacy of resources, employee competence, process management, quality planning, product design, review of incoming orders, purchasing, monitoring and measurement of processes and products, calibration of measuring equipment, processes to resolve customer complaints, corrective/preventive actions and commitment to pursue continual improvements.
IdentiGEN, Inc., Lawrence, Kansas, in addition to ISO 17025 accreditation has also USDA Process Verified Program (PVP) approval for DNA TraceBack® from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The DNA TraceBack system enables retailers, meat producers, meat processors and food-service outlets to respond to the growing consumer demand, both domestically and in export markets, for more information about where and how their meat is produced. DNA TraceBack utilizes DNA identification technology — in a manner akin to that used for forensic investigations — to identify and trace the source of meat products through the entire supply chain. The USDA Process Verified Program uses the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9000 series standards for documented quality management systems as a format for evaluating program documentation to ensure consistent auditing practices and promote international recognition of audit results. This vote of confidence from the USDA in the DNA TraceBack system will help gain acceptance of the program among grocery retailers, and ultimately, consumers and provides assurance to customers of our ability to provide consistent quality services. *Additional information can be found at http://processverified.usda.gov