Quality Assurance

The IEC is one of the most accredited animal laboratories in Ireland and was first awarded the European Standard of Accreditation ISO/IEC 17025 (General requirements for the competence of testing laboratories) from the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) on the 5th April 2004. The IEC is subject to a rigorous annual inspection process by INAB in combination with external inter-laboratory and proficiency test programs.


The IEC staff participate in various proficiency testing schemes throughout the year that are supplied by independent bodies including FAPAS, FEPAS, the VLA, Progetto Trieste, and the National Reference Laboratory and State Laboratory.


The IEC is committed to providing world-class service to its customers and maintains a separate and wholly independent Quality Assurance department at its premises which ensures the laboratories maintain strict adherence to best practices in Quality Assurance. This team provides support to all Units at the IEC through the management of quality systems, training, and auditing.


The Microbiology, Virology, and Environment & Nutrition Units have additionally obtained ISO17025 Accreditation for a wide range of tests, which meet the specific and defined requirements of customers. They continue to extend their Scope of Accreditation annually.


Details of the IEC’s extensive scope of accreditation is available on the INAB website www.inab.ie under the registration number 151T.


Head of Quality Assurance Christine McBride Contact: cmcbride@irishequinecentre.ie