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Food Microbiology



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Proficiency testing is an essential part of laboratory quality procedures.

Taking part gives you confidence in your laboratory equipment, methods and staff, and assurance that you are delivering the quality results demanded by your customers. Fapas launched its food microbiology proficiency tests in 1997 as a proficiency testing scheme to assess the performance of laboratories carrying out microbiological examinations in the food area. Fapas is an international proficiency test provider; the scheme has more than 500 participants in over 100 countries. Participants can monitor performance on a global scale.

Our proficiency test samples are real food samples with target organisms for detection or enumeration. Our test materials are designed to simulate real laboratory samples with varying levels of target organisms and background flora, they provide challenging, high quality and innovative proficiency tests. Food matrices include beef, chicken, fish, soft cheese, milk powder, salad and rice. In addition we have environmental swabs for detection and enumeration. Target organisms include pathogens, indicator microorganisms and spoilage organisms.

Food Microbiology Proficiency Test from Fapas

Flexible Programme

There is a flexible programme of 10 distributions a year to meet your laboratories quality systems. Samples are sent by courier worldwide in a controlled environment with detailed instructions. Results from each proficiency test receive rigorous statistical analysis, ensuring you have clear feedback on your performance. Comprehensive reports give information on microbiological methods used by other participants.


Participation in Fapas is easy. Arrangements can be made through our network of agents, or via our online shop, Fapas Food Microbiology follows international guidelines for proficiency testing and is accredited by UKAS to ISO/IEC 17043.