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Food Microbiology (QMS)

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  • UKAS accredited proficiency testing scheme
  • The LGC Quality in Microbiology Scheme (QMS) is intended for use by microbiologists working in the food industry, including dairy, ready meals, dried foods, herbs and spices and many other sectors.
  • Food testing is an essential element of the ‘Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point’ (HACCP) process in food production as it verifies the controls are working at the critical points in manufacturing. Failures leading to food poisoning outbreaks can have a devastating effect on reputation, brand value, a decline in consumer confidence in the product and ultimately profits. In rare cases it may also lead to civil and criminal charges.
  • Laboratories carrying out microbiological testing need to be able to demonstrate that they are producing accurate and meaningful results to help identify problems before they affect the quality and safety of products. This can be achieved if a comprehensive quality assurance programme is conducted, which includes regular participation in a suitable proficiency testing scheme.
  • Scheme operates from January to December

 

Round dates

Round

Despatch date

Reporting deadline

MC27307 Jan 201901 Feb 2019
MC27404 Feb 201901 Mar 2019
MC27504 Mar 201929 Mar 2019
MC27601 Apr 201926 Apr 2019
MC27707 May 201931 May 2019
MC27803 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
MC27901 Jul 201926 Jul 2019
MC28005 Aug 201930 Aug 2019
MC28102 Sep 201927 Sep 2019
MC28207 Oct 201901 Nov 2019
MC28304 Nov 201929 Nov 2019
MC28402 Dec 201903 Jan 2020

03D - Salmonella species (Enumeration) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 1 analytes PT-MC-03D
04D - Cronobacter species (Detection) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 1 analytes PT-MC-04D
05D - Osmophilic yeast and mould (Enumeration) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 2 analytes PT-MC-05D
05F - Osmophilic yeast and mould (Enumeration) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 2 analytes PT-MC-05F
06D - Salmonella species (Detection) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 1 analytes PT-MC-06D
06F - Salmonella species (Detection) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 1 analytes PT-MC-06F
07D - Listeria (Detection) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 2 analytes PT-MC-07D
07F - Listeria (Detection) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 2 analytes PT-MC-07F
08D - Listeria (Enumeration) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 2 analytes PT-MC-08D
08F - Listeria (Enumeration) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 2 analytes PT-MC-08F
09D - Enterococci - faecal streptococci (Enumeration) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 1 analytes PT-MC-09D
09F - Enterococci - faecal streptococci (Enumeration) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 1 analytes PT-MC-09F
10D - Clostridium - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 2 analytes PT-MC-10D
10F - Clostridium - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 2 analytes PT-MC-10F
11D - Aerobic Combination (Enumeration) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 4 analytes PT-MC-11D
11F - Aerobic Combination (Enumeration) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 4 analytes PT-MC-11F
12F - Shigella species (Detection) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 1 analytes PT-MC-12F
13F - Vibrio (Detection) - Oatmeal each Oatmeal 2 analytes PT-MC-13F
14D - Yersinia (Detection) - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 2 analytes PT-MC-14D
15D - Anaerobic Combination - Skimmed milk powder each Skimmed milk powder 4 analytes PT-MC-15D


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