Japan relies on accredited laboratories to test radioactivity levels in food
The issue of radioactive contamination in food caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, March 11, 2011, has raised the importance of laboratory accreditation against international standards more than before.
Accreditation of laboratories under ISO/IEC 17025 is the system to accredit the laboratory with the technical competence to the international compliance. Test reports issued by the laboratory accredited by accreditation body as the signatory to the ILAC Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MRA) supports the smooth logistics and can make a contribution to the export of agriculture products or food.
For the measurement and analysis of radioactive materials in food, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) issued the notification that laboratories accredited under ISO/IEC 17025 are reliable analysis organizations for the analysis and presentation of this data.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) in Japan have also used accreditation as part of the process to valididate the safety of meat and eggs exported to Hong Kong, helping to deliver safe food across international borders.