Posted on Jan 15, 2016

Thomson Unicomarine welcomes its first international sign-up to the Fish NMBAQC scheme

Thomson Unicomarine is delighted to welcome the Italian research institute the Consorzio per il Centro Interuniversitario di Biologia Marina ed Ecologia Applicata “G. Bacci” (CIBM) to the fish component of the NMBAQC scheme. CIBM is included in the Italian National Research Register and is acknowledged as a scientific institute in the fishery and oceanology sectors by the Italian Agriculture, Forestry and Food Ministry.

Now running in its tenth year, the fish component of the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control (NMBAQC) Scheme was established in 2005 as a quality assurance scheme for fish identification. The scheme ensures laboratories are all working to the same level of identification across Europe which is of paramount importance when contributing to monitoring programmes at a national and international level.

With exercises well under way for the fish component, our specialists are looking forward to analysing specimens which have been sent from the Mediterranean by CIBM.

Dr Alessandro Ligas commented:
“In order to maintain the high standards required by ISO certifications, in 2015 CIBM decided to sign up for the fish component of the NMBAQC scheme, which is known to provide a valuable source of quality control helping to standardise results and methods by providing Best Practice guidelines, and contributing to UK national and European monitoring programmes.

It is believed that participation in the NMBAQC Scheme will help CIBM achieve and adhere to high quality standards that are necessary to demonstrate that the data produced by our organisation is of scientific quality and comparability at national and European scale.”

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