(ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation)

Participation in the AIHA LAP Food Laboratory Accreditation Program (FoodLAP) announces your laboratory's promise to ensure quality results and demonstrates your commitment to sound data.

Establish your laboratory's technical competence and reliability in data with accreditation. Your customers are assured of accurate and indisputable calibration or measurement data.

Please review Policy Module 3 for more information before applying for AIHA LAP Accreditation Programs.

What is AIHA LAP's ​FoodLAP?

AIHA LAP's FoodLAP is a comprehensive food laboratory accreditation program for laboratories that perform tests on raw food products, finished food products, and food ingredients.

Accreditation is offered in these three critical areas:

  • Microbiology (Yeast, Mold, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli O157:H7, and Coliform, in various matrices such as meat or cereals)
  • Chemistry (fat, moisture, protein, salt, sugars, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins, in matrices of meat, cereal, dairy, and feeds)
  • Residue Chemistry (pesticides, sulfonamides, nitrosamines, and toxic elements [lead, arsenic, mercury]) in matrices of meat, poultry products, and fruits and vegetables

Laboratories are encouraged to seek accreditation in one, two, or all three performance area offerings. For examples of the scope of testing applicable to this program please see Policy Module​ 2F. Laboratories must be enrolled in proficiency testing in ord​er to be eligible for accreditation and must submit their results to AIHA LAP.

Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF)

AIHA LAP is a recognized accreditation body by FDA with the ability to accredit laboratories to the
standards established in the final rule, FSMA Final Rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF)

  • LAAF-accredited laboratories are authorized to conduct certain food testing as described in this rule
  • LAAF-accredited laboratories will be listed on a publicly available registry on FDA's website
  • LAAF-accredited laboratories will have requirements for submitting information to FDA

Who Should be Accredited?

Facilities that should consider FoodLAP:

  • Commercial laboratories
  • In-company laboratories
  • State and local health laboratories
  • Government laboratories performing food testing
  • Federal laboratories

For more information on the FoodLAP Program, contact AIHA LAP at (703) 846-0736.