by: Nykyle Patricia C. Buenviaje
Animal Science 299 conducted a talk entitled “QA/QC in Analytical Laboratories for ASEAN 2015” last 14th of March 2014 at the Animal Science Lecture Hall (ASLH).
It was a talk open for laboratory staff, faculty, and students that focused on an excerpt from the Integrated Chemists of the Philippines Training/Workshop. This seminar aims to prepare Philippine analytical chemical laboratories for these challenges so that they can be at par with the best chemical testing labs in ASEAN. The seminar covered topics on standards for competence in laboratory testing, calibration, inspection and quality assurance/quality control procedures.
The invited resource speaker, Ms. Victoria Eden S. Walitang, is a university professor in the University of the Philippines, an animal nutrition analytical and a services librarian. She started her lecture by providing the outline of the topics she will be discussing which is as follow:
- ASEAN 2015
- Method Validation
- ISO 17025 Awareness
The seminar ended with an open forum and an awarding of certificate for the resource speaker by the members of Animal Science 299.
At the start of the resource speaker’s presentation, Ms. Walitang showed a video which explained what ASEAN is. She also explained why it is necessary for laboratories to have their accreditation done with relevance to ASEAN.
QA/QC and Method Validation
QA/QC stands for Quality Assurance / Quality Control. The resource speaker, Ms. Walitang, discussed this through a number of slide presentations. She discussed what QA/QC is, the ways through which a laboratory can attain QA/QC and why there is a need for a scientific laboratory to have. She also discussed method validation which is the process of establishing the performance characteristics and limitations of a method.
ISO 17025 Awareness
ISO is an abbreviation for International Organization for Standardization. The resource speaker, Ms. Walitang, ended her lecture with a brief discussion of what this ISO 17025 Awareness is. She also mentioned the Chemistry Act of 2010 which states that the head of a chemistry laboratory should be a real laboratory technician. This Chemistry Act of 2010 got the attention of the audience.