Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) Program

Lab technician working with chickpeas in Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF)-accredited lab.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) program. This program focuses on the testing of food in certain circumstances by accredited laboratories, as required under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act).

About the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) Program

The FDA established the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) program as required by FSMA section 202(a), which added section 422 to the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 350k). The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) sets a laboratory accreditation program for the testing of food in certain circumstances.

Under the LAAF program, the FDA recognizes accreditation bodies (ABs) that will accredit laboratories to the standards established in the final rule (referred to as LAAF-accredited laboratories). 

Establishing this program will help the FDA improve the safety of the U.S. food supply and protect U.S. consumers by adopting a modern, preventive, and risk-based approach to food safety regulation. This helps ensure that certain food testing of importance to public health is conducted subject to appropriate oversight and in accordance with appropriate model standards to produce reliable and valid test results.

ANAB Accreditation for FDA Testing Programs

The FDA has just announced the application process for accreditation bodies, such as ANAB. ANAB is currently an approved accreditation body for many other FDA programs, such as the Accreditation Scheme for Conformity Assessment (ASCA) Pilot program (learn more in our post ANAB Recognized as an Accreditation Body for FDA ASCA Pilot Program), and is familiar with the FDA application process. ANAB-specific supplemental requirements have been developed for the LAAF program and are ready to be implemented once ANAB is approved to accredit to the requirements of the program.

Learn more about the LAAF program by reading the ANAB news item, Food Safety Update: FDA-FSMA Final Rule on Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods. Additional information about the program can be found in a recent ANAB webinar, The New FDA Food Testing Requirements: Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF), presented by Jason Stine, ANAB Senior Director of Accreditation.

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