A Kazakh-Chinese laboratory for biological safety has opened on the basis of the S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University. Established to study and diagnose infectious animal diseases, the laboratory operates on the basis of the BSL-2 safety standard, World of NAN reports citing the press service of the Ministry of Trade and Integration.
The new laboratory opened at the Agrarian University passed the accreditation procedure for compliance with the requirements of GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2019 "General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The relevant certificate was presented to the management of the organization by the Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov, who then became familiar with its activities.
The laboratory meets international standards and is equipped with modern equipment. Currently, there is an active scientific work, for the development of which the Chinese partners at home won a grant of $ 1 million.
As noted by the staff, this laboratory is included in the list of "One Belt, One Road" laboratories. In addition, a great prospect for the laboratory, according to specialists from the NCA, is to obtain similar accreditation in China, and thus increase of the credibility towards Kazakh products. According to industry experts, today Chinese standards are considered one of the highest in the world.
As for further development, the laboratory plans to expand its accreditation area to be able to provide two more services for PCR and serological diagnosis (ELISA) of infectious diseases (general diseases for all types of animals, diseases of cattle, birds, sheep, pigs and bees) in the future.
To obtain a certificate of conformity or other document confirming the safety of their products, businesses need to test them, which are performed by the appropriate centers. The new laboratory will solve these issues by helping businessmen check their products.
It is should be pointed out that the laboratory was created within the framework of the Kazakh-Chinese intergovernmental agreements in order to eliminate the mutual technical barriers that prevent the export of domestic goods.
Further, by joint efforts of MTI, MA and University it is planned to continue to build a scientific basis to improve the competitiveness of domestic products and thereby open new opportunities for Kazakh producers.
Representatives of agrarian university also reported that in 2021 and 2022 two more laboratories are preparing for accreditation - zootechnical analysis of fodder and milk and food safety, information and technical support which are important in creating efficient production of livestock products.
Laboratory for food safety will evaluate the quality and safety of food and raw materials of animal and plant origin (meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, fish products, apiculture, crop and livestock raw materials); research on the quality of milk and other products; forensic veterinary examination (examination of disputes relating to the sale and purchase of animals, animal diseases and death, falsification), poaching, etc. In this regard, to familiarize with the work of the center, Kazakh entrepreneurs, who are mainly engaged in the production of organic feed additives for farm animals and birds, as well as dried mare's milk, etc, were also invited.
Previously, the study of their products entrepreneurs often ordered in laboratories in Russia, Ukraine, the EU and other countries. Now with the emergence of a modern laboratory, after the launch of the relevant line, they will be able to do it in Kazakhstan, thus significantly reducing their costs.