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Training Programme on ‘Good Food Laboratory Practices’

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Three day training programme on ‘Good Foood Laboratory Practices’ (26th-28th December 2018)  was successfully conducted  at Food Safety Referral Lab at ICAR- IIHR. The programme was organised  in collaboration with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), with analysts as  trainees nominated from public and  private  sector food analysis laboratories pan-India.

The training was inaugurated by Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR, followed by technical sessions on  topics such as design, accommodation and environment in a food testing laboratory, food laboratory safety,  safe waste disposal requirements, calibration, sampling, method validation and verification, document and data control, interpretation of test results, measurement of   uncertainty, proficiency testing,   quality control checks, trend analysis, compliance in food testing and ensuring data integrity, reporting of results, etc.  Practical classes were held on glassware calibration, preparation of SOPs and documentation.  Besides the in-house experts, professionals like Dr. Asha Martin (CFTRI, Mysore) and Mr. Lakshmanan Rajendran (SGS India Private Ltd, Chennai) also delivered the lectures. In brief, the training  programme facilitated in enabling the food labs to follow the best analytical practices to ensure  domestic and international quality compliance.