The Australian Government is conducting a new aquatic animal disease proficiency testing programme. The program provides laboratories with the opportunity to assess their own diagnostic performance. This allows them to identify issues and improve their practices.
The programme involves eight rounds of proficiency testing carried out over four years. Diagnostic performance is assessed against ten priority fish and crustacean diseases. The first two rounds of samples were distributed for analysis in 2018.
The programme convened a proficiency testing workshop from 13-14 March in Bangkok, Thailand. The aim was to improve the performance of laboratories and technical personnel, by:
The workshop was convened by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL), in collaboration with NACA. 33 laboratories from twelve countries in the region participated.
The programme builds on previous laboratory proficiency testing exercises held in 2012. These exercises, also supported by the Australian Government, significantly improved diagnostic performance.
The workshop included presentations and discussions on:
NACA would like to thank the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and CSIRO/AAHL and for their generous support.
Download the report of the workshop from the link below.
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