Today, in the building of veterinary sciences and animal husbandry faculty where the Kazakh-Chinese Laboratory for Biological Safety is located, the Minister of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakhyt Sultanov presented the Chairman of the Board KATU named after S. Seifullin, Kairat Aytuganov, a certificate, confirming the accreditation of laboratories for compliance with the Standard ISO/IEC 17025-2019 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”.
The laboratory was created as part of the implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the People's Republic of China on scientific and technical cooperation and the Memorandum of Understanding between the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Xinjiang Agrarian University and NC JSC “S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University”. The process of creating the laboratory began in 2017, and a year later preparations began for its accreditation.
Created for the study and diagnosis of infectious animal diseases, the laboratory is equipped with the necessary equipment and operates on the basis of the BSL-2 safety standard. Currently, active scientific work is underway here, for the development of which Chinese partners have won a grant for 1 million dollars in their homeland, and this laboratory was included in the list of laboratories within the framework of the international program “One Belt, One Road”.
- Sultanov highly appreciated the activities of KATU. According to the minister, the potential of the university, which last year received the status of research, is quite high, and can assist domestic agricultural producers in the export of manufactured products.
The minister noted, “The research laboratory base of KATU is of great importance from the point of view of the tasks implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Integration, in terms of developing the trade and export potential of agro-industrial products. In promoting the export of Kazakhstani products, it is very important to simplify as much as possible the access of Kazakhstani products to foreign markets, an important role in this is played by the elimination of double conformity assessment procedures and the creation of conditions for the recognition of Kazakhstani certificates of conformity abroad.
In particular, to make every effort to facilitate the access of Kazakhstani products to the Chinese market, which today is a country of priority export interest for us.
In this regard, the Ministry welcomes and fully supports the initiative of KATU to obtain accreditation of a testing laboratory in the accreditation system of the PRC, and hopes for the successful implementation of this project.
The Ministry at its level is ready to assist you, for example, in obtaining documents on standardization of China or establishing the necessary contacts and resolving issues with the authorized bodies of the PRC in the field of technical regulation, conformity assessment and accreditation.”
The Chairman of the Board of KATU, Kairat Aituganov, said that in 2021 and 2022 two more laboratories (zootechnical analysis of feed and milk and a food safety laboratory) are being prepared for accreditation, information and technical support of which is important in creating an effective production of livestock products.
Laboratory for Biological Safety will assess the quality and safety of food products and raw materials of animal and vegetable origin (meat and meat products, milk and dairy products, fish farming, beekeeping, plant growing and livestock raw materials); research on the quality of milk and other products; forensic veterinary examination (examination of controversial issues related to the sale and purchase of animals, diseases and death of animals, falsification, poaching, etc.).
If earlier Kazakhstani entrepreneurs often ordered such studies in laboratories in Russia, Ukraine and the EU, now they will be able to do it in Kazakhstan, which will significantly reduce their costs.
- Aituganov said, “We also expect financial assistance from the Government in the implementation of the above-mentioned projects”.
Now the laboratory has to undergo a similar accreditation in China, which will make it possible to receive documents for its products confirming safety not only in the PRC, but also in many countries of the world. By the way, today Chinese standards are considered to be among the highest in the world. The laboratory also plans to expand the scope of accreditation so that in the future it will be able to provide 2 more services for PCR and serological diagnostics of infectious diseases (common diseases for all animal species, diseases of cattle, birds, sheep, pigs, bees).