Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology has established, in 2001, a documented and certified system of quality and work according to the requirements of the former version of standard JUS ISO 9001: 2001, as the leading scientific research organization in the field of production and testing of foods of animal origin and other foods, as well as products of general use. Certification of the business system, according to the new version of standards SRPS ISO 9001: 2015, was first performed on July 5th 2018, and the latest recertification of the management systems according to this version of the standards was in December 2019.
In accordance with the intention of acquiring the status of the organization accredited by international or national criteria in this area, at the beginning of April 2002, a decision was made to apply to the Yugoslav accreditation body (JUAT) request for the first accreditation of the Laboratories Division of the Institute (presently, the Laboratory for biotechnological development and control of food safety and quality) according to the requirements of the standard JUS ISO/IEC 17025:2001 and achieve one of the long-standing efforts and the development goals of the Institute which is related to the recognition of the competence of the work of Institute’s laboratories.
This is because the Institute, several decades ago, as officially authorized laboratory for analysis, super analysis and quality control (meat, meat products and other food stuffs and products for general use) has followed global developments in the field of analytics and at all times was ready to respond to customer requirements and inspection authorities at home and abroad.
In this regard, it should be noted that several decades before obtaining a certificate of quality system, the Laboratory of the Institute already had a procedure equivalent to the requirements of the first version of the standard for laboratories ISO 17025:2001. The first accreditation certificate, upon completion of the assessment in November 2001, and Decision on the accreditation number 01-049, was issued by JUAT on 27 December 2002. The Institute was among the first accredited according to the requirements of this standard and has maintained the status of the accredited organization for almost 14 years, and the latest reaccreditation according to the requirements of the version of standard SRPS ISO/IEC 17025:2017 was carried out in November 2019 with a period of validity of the certificate of accreditation until February 2024.