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Impact of accreditation rules on the scope of phytosanitary diagnostic laboratories

Patrícia de Souza Teló: Agronômica - Laboratório de Diagnóstico Fitossanitário e Consultoria

<div>The survey of the botanical species (BS) with import permit by Brazil, between 1997 and 2016, indicated that 214 specific normative instructions compose the country's phytosanitary regulation system. These acts define specific phytosanitary requirements for 2510 combinations among BS, collected plant part (CP), country of origin (CO), and regulated pests (RP), resulting from the combination of 371 botanical species and 35 genera, 68 types of CP of 76 CO and 697 RP. The objective of this work was to evaluate the impact of this scenario on the accreditation of the laboratories of the National Network of Agricultural Laboratories of the Ministry of Agriculture by the Inmetro, an official body of the Brazilian government for accreditation by the ABNT NBR ISO / IEC 17025 - General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories. The conclusion is that the accreditation scope of the laboratories should be constituted by analytical methods versus RP class, disregarding BS and CP.</div>