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Brazil updates official agchem lab criteria

Brazil has amended certification criteria for official pesticide analysis laboratories. The Ministry of Agriculture has issued regulation IN 17, setting requirements for laboratories employed in the national network for official pesticide active ingredient and formulation analyses. It clarifies requirements for laboratory staff as well as of those who evaluate certificate applications at the Ministry, federal regulator Angelo de Queiroz Mauricio says. Laboratories should get advance accreditation of existing ISO/IEC standard 17.025 for specific tests or groups of tests. They will need to: keep up-to-date accreditation with the Ministry’s laboratory co-ordinator general (CGAL/SDA); take proficiency and comparison tests against others at least every two years, assuming availability of resources and according to the scope of their work; and have the results logged at the CGAL/SDA.

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