How do I become MicroVal certified?

To become MicroVal certified the following steps are required:

Publication

MicroVal certified methods will be published on the MicroVal website (MV Validated Methods) with an abstract of the technical report.

Certification renewal

After four years the certificate expires. Certificates can be renewed through a renewal process.

Certification procedure

MicroVal is a third party certification scheme. The scheme is based on EN ISO 16140-2 ‘Microbiology of the food chain — Method validation — Part 2: Protocol for the validation of alternative (proprietary) methods against a reference method’. The scope generally covered is foods, animal feeding stuffs, beverages (excluding water analysis) and food environmental samples, although test methods outside ofbthis can be considered on a case by case basis.

MicroVal certification is based on three core steps.

  1. Conformity of the quality management system of the test kit manufacturer with the requirements set.
  2. A validation study containing three steps: writing of the protocol, performance of a method comparison study of the reference method and the alternative method, inter-laboratory study.
  3. Annual evaluation of the certificate and the certified method (and certificate renewal)

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