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Food and Drug Administration


2. Strengthening Local Testing Capability and Quality

Local testing efficiency and quality were improved through integrating testing resources, providing

subsidies to local health bureaus, and conducting supervision and performance assessments in order

to establish a comprehensive national food safety laboratory network.

(1) Subsidizing Instruments and Equipment and Strengthening Testing Network Capabilities

Subsidies have been provided to various health bureaus in procuring high-precision instruments and

standard samples. Test resources and special regional requirements of each local health agency

were referenced in order to establish testing specializations in the northern, central, southern, and

municipal regions as part of the

Joint Testing Division System for Health Bureaus

, helping to improve the

specialization of test categories of each health bureau as well as testing efficiency and quality.

(2) Outcomes of Joint Regional Division

According to the

Central and Regional Specialization of Food Hygiene Tests

, independent testing ratio

in local health bureaus was about 35% prior to the subsidies. After subsidies, independent testing

capability rose to an average of 75%. Since 2013, additional

independent testing capabilities

have also

been expanded in 2014 for pesticides (from 252 items to 311 items), animal medication (from 119 items

to 122 items), and pharmaceutical adulterants in food products (from 135 items to 214 items).

(3) Laboratory Accreditation

To ensure the testing quality of local health bureaus, a total of 21 health bureau laboratories and 626

tests were accredited by the TFDA laboratory accreditation system by the end of 2014.

Section 3 Comprehensive Private Laboratory Accreditation and

Management System

Current Status

To effectively utilize testing resources of private laboratories, to ensure the quality and credibility of

commissioned tests, and to expand testing capacity, the TFDA offers free accreditation services for

private laboratories. Currently, the scope of laboratory accreditation conducted by TFDA includes food,

drugs and cosmetics, urine tests for drug abuse, and GLP for non-clinical studies. As of the end of

2014, a total of 154 labs was accredited around the country (122 private labs and 32 public labs), of

which 61 were food testing laboratories, 30 were drugs and cosmetics laboratories, 14 were drug abuse

urine testing laboratories, and 17 were GLP (Figures 8-5 and 8-6). Regionally, there are 86, 25, and 43

accredited laboratories in northern, central, and southern Taiwan respectively. A total of 1,211 tests items

have been accredited as well, of which 655 were food product tests, 488 were drugs and cosmetics

tests, 9 were drug abuse urine tests and 56 were for GLP tests (Figure 8-7). These accreditations

ensured that there are sufficient laboratories with the necessary testing capability and reliability to meet

emergency testing requirements.