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Maintenance and Enhancement of ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation and Whole Genome Sequencing for State Food Testing Laboratories

Improving the Competencies of State Food Testing Laboratories – FDA is accepting grant funding applications from State governments and public and private institutions of higher education for its cooperative agreement intended to “… advance the goal of a national food safety system by supporting and enhancing state food laboratory activities including: 1) Ensuring microbiological and chemical food analyses performed on behalf of the State manufactured food regulatory programs are conducted within the scope of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO)/ International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17025 accredited laboratory; 2) Strengthening the collaboration between the laboratories and State manufactured food regulatory programs; 3) Increasing the number of State samples collected and analyzed for surveillance purposes annually; 4) Developing a stronger international rapid surveillance system for pathogen traceback through the GenomeTrackr network using a minimum set of metadata fields for all food and environmental isolates; and 5) Providing additional support to the State food laboratories through an outside association to offer trainings, workshops, and educational resources to both awardees under this cooperative agreement and to unfunded laboratories seeking ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation …” – FDA anticipates having a total of $7,900,000 in available grant funds – ISO/IEC 17025:2005 specifies the “… general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories …”  Document Title: The title of the February 27, 2017 FDA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is “Maintenance and Enhancement of ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation and Whole Genome Sequencing for State Food Testing Laboratories” Organization: HHS Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  Source: February 27, 2017 FDA Funding Opportunity Announcement Number RFA-FD-17-010  Applications Due By: May 1, 2017 and April 17, 2018 Web site: The February 27, 2017 FDA Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=292078  * The Full Funding Opportunity Announcement is posted at  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-FD-17-010.html  Contact: Questions may be directed to:  * Erin Woodom-Coleman who is with the Office of Partnerships of the FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) at 240 205 1606; e-mail: Erin.Woodom-Coleman@FDA.HHS.gov  * Marc Allard, PhD, who is with the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at 240 402 2941; e-mail: Marc.Allard@FDA.HHS.gov

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