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NC veterinary lab gets thumbs up

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“The approval by DAFF and accreditation by SANAS means that the results from the lab or certificates issued will be accepted internationally"

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THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development’s Provincial Veterinary Laboratory has been approved by the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the testing of controlled diseases such as brucellosis, anthrax and sheep scab.

This follows an audit cycle undertaken by DAFF on the Northern Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory (NCPVL) in April 2018.

Spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Phemelo Manankong, explained yesterday that DAFF and the SA National Accreditation System (SANAS) had a shared responsibility to ensure that veterinary laboratories carried out their activities in such a way that the needs of the customers and regulatory requirements were met.

“The NCPVL is set out to maintain the quality and confidence in the results generated by the lab and continues to offer services to various communities within and the neighbouring provinces such as North West and Free State.”

DAFF is the enforcer of the Veterinary and Para-veterinary Profession Act, the Animal Diseases Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act in laboratories. SANAS on the other hand is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessment, as mandated through the Accreditation for Conformity Assessment, Calibration and Good Practice Act.

“The approval by DAFF and accreditation by SANAS means that the results from the lab or certificates issued will be accepted internationally, therefore there will be no need to re-test the samples or products if they cross South African borders to other countries.”

The next DAFF accreditation cycle is due in 2020.