We are the first lab in Bulgaria to have received the ISO 17025 accreditation for virological analysis (Hepatitis A and Norovirus) in food and feed. The external assessment has been performed by the Executive Agency Bulgarian Accreditation Service (EA BAS) in order to obtain ISO 17025 accreditation for 14 microbiological and 2 virological methods.
NoV and HAV detection are still very difficult and hampered by several limitations, especially in the extraction process. That is why, in the development of our method, we worked closely together with two international authorities in the field of virology, microbiology and food preservation: prof. dr. ir. Mieke Uyttendaele and Prof. dr. ir. Liesbeth Jacxsens of the accredited Laboratory for Food Microbiology and Food Preservation, part of the Belgian Ghent University.
Thanks to this collaboration and especially the knowledge of these experts, we were able to take the extraction process of the method to a new level. This has lead to the development of a method that offers the highest possible reliability.