We understand that Proficiency Testing and QA/QC for the outside laboratories you rely on is of paramount importance when offering a professional service.
MouldLab operates in accordance with ISO 17025.
To our knowledge we are the only laboratory in Australia successfully undertaking the AIHA EMPAT Fungal Spore Analysis Proficiency Testing program which we have been doing now for over 3 years, holding a “Proficient” status (Laboratory 208121). In addition, 3 of our analysts have completed the McCrone Research Institute’s IAQ Fungal Spore Course, either Basic & Advanced.
In 2009, MouldLab's Laboratory Director attended CBS, in Utrecht and undertook Prof. Rob Samson’s Food and Indoor Fungal Culture Identification Course. Our Senior Microbiologist successfully completed the same course run by CBS in Ottawa in June 2015. The reference text for that course is our laboratory manual for the culture and identification of moulds to genera and species by traditional methods.
Additionally, the CBS Medical Mycology Course conducted by Prof. Sebren de Hoog was successfully completed in November 2014 by our Laboratory Director – covering over 600 pathogenic yeast and mould species.
The Standards and Guidelines we utilise routinely for the delivery of the services we provide you, include:
- the relevant ASTM Methods for BioTapes, Air-O-Cells and other Spore Traps; and
- those prescribed by the relevant parts of ISO 16000 for the collection of airborne bacteria and moulds and their culture, counting and identification.
Despite the advice offered by many consensus publications which advocate the use of at least 2 media to ensure a more sensitive detection of the full spectrum of mould which may be present other laboratories steadfastly rely on only one. We are proud to say we routinely use a minimum of 3 fungal media for all samples processed for culturable fungi at MouldLab.
In order to provide an active system of culture identification, collection and maintenance, we have reference cultures obtained from recognised sources, held below -80C on Cryobeads. This enables us to run Positive and Negative growth and recoveries on all of the batches of media we produce and it provides the best possible training and quality control for our staff.
We also have developed an in-house training and assessment program for our microscopists, based on a library of over 200 slides of known moulds, plus selected real world slides showing organisms of interest. These are based on the accumulated endorsed images from EMPAT.
The following industry bodies have admitted us to professional membership:
- ASTM International - Committee Member D22.08 Indoor Air Quality;
- International Mycological Association;
- Australasian Mycological Society;
- Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA);
- Clean Air Society of Australia & New Zealand (CASANZ); and
- International Society for Indoor Air Quality & Climate (ISIAQ).
Mouldlab works with a network of assessors and remediators in your State who can undertake initial assessments, sample collection, removal and remedation work.
If you need a reference to an assessor or remediator in your local area please contact us.