Implementation of quality control and biosafety measurements in the diagnosis of honey bee diseases.
Dirk C. de Graaf, Marleen Brunain, Frans J. Jacobs.
A quality control system is of paramount importance to boost the confidence of clients of a bee disease diagnostic laboratory, namely beekeepers and the responsible authorities, and can guarantee that tests are performed with the same accuracy in different bee laboratories. ISO 17025 is an International Standard that specifies the general requirements for the competence to carry out tests and / or calibrations. A quality control system can be recognized by accreditation, but there are important drawbacks that often drive a laboratory to focus on a limited number of highlights of the standard only. The legal framework for biosafety measurements can differ between the countries, but it is advisable (sometimes obligatory) to take measurements to protect the laboratory worker exposed to biological agents and to prevent the spread of important bee pathogens from the diagnostic lab.