UKAS Accreditation for ADFCA Veterinary Labs Health Protection July 31, 20120 Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority’s (ADFCA) veterinary laboratories in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain have gained accreditation from the UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). This has been given as per the ISO/IEC 17025-2005 and the Integrated Management System (IMS), which has been implemented in ADFCA since February 2011. Mohamed Jalal Al Reyaysa, Director of Communication and Community Service at ADFCA, said that the UKAS officials who had visited the Animal Wealth sector’s laboratories for verification were all praise in their preliminary report for the implementation of Integrated Management Services and high standards of performance in them. “Three modes of laboratory analyses were submitted for consideration for accreditation, chemical analysis for toxicity in animal feed and two analyses related to microorganisms: isolating salmonella bacteria from animal tissues and experiments on microbial resistance to antibiotics,” he explained. “The accreditation of the laboratories was preceded by a phase of intensive upgrading of the laboratories’ capabilities through technological advancements, staff training and documentation of analyses. Accreditation by the UKAS is a significant recognition for our laboratories, whose staff and management have been working hard to bring their operational standards on par with the best in the world. It is indeed a matter of great pride for ADFCA in general and the Animal Wealth sector in particular,” Al Reyaysa concluded.