The objective is to help participating laboratories demonstrate competence of food microbiology testing in different economies.
It is designed to create opportunities for labs to improve and try to establish equality.
Aerobic plate count, Staphylococcus aureus and sulphite-reducing Clostridium will be measured for comparison and requirements.
Participants should use the Direct Plate Count method instead of the Most Probable Number (MPN) method, said UKAS.
Deadline for registration is Monday 15 December but expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday 8 December.
A maximum of two laboratories are required and it is free of charge to participants. To register or for more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org