Joint Kazakh-Chinese laboratory for biological safety received accreditation

Joint Kazakh-Chinese laboratory for biological safety received accreditation

On March 18, 2021, KATU received accreditation of the testing laboratory “Joint Kazakhstan-China laboratory for biological safety” for compliance with the requirements of GOST ISO / IEC 17025-2019 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”.

Coming back to history the idea of the testing laboratory creation “Joint Kazakhstan-China laboratory for biological safety” belongs to Kazakhstani-Chinese Centre of Science and Education jointly together with Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (China) with support of Centre for Development of International Cooperation and Multilingual Education at KATU in 2017. It was a long process of equipping and training the staffs of the Joint Kazakhstan-China Laboratory for Biological Safety (JKCLBB) which was established 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 the NCJSC “S. Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University”.

This laboratory was created to study and diagnose contagious animal diseases of mutual interest to both countries. The process of setting up the laboratory began in 2017. A year later, preparations began for its accreditation. For three years, Doctor of Veterinary Sciences, Professor S.K. Abdrakhmanov, Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor Maikanov B.S., candidate of veterinary sciences Mukhanbetkaliev E.E., candidate of veterinary sciences Suranshiev Zh.A., candidate of veterinary sciences Akibekov O.S., candidate of veterinary sciences Tursunkulov S.A. and others.

The level of safety and equipment of the laboratory allows working with pathogens of especially dangerous, transboundary animal diseases.

The work of the laboratory is organized on the basis of the BSL-2 safety standard. The laboratory is equipped with a supply and exhaust system and a pass-through autoclave, which ensure complete safety of the environment from the spread of potentially dangerous biological agents. The necessary equipment for serological and molecular genetic diagnostics of animal diseases has been installed here. 

As part of the creation of the laboratory, 12 university employees underwent a two-week internship in the scientific laboratories of the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (2018-2019). At the moment, scientists from KATU and Harbin Veterinary Research Institute are working on the organization of joint scientific research on the basis of two scientific organizations.

The laboratory is intended for the execution of scientific works, as well as the implementation of international scientific projects.

Thus, the Chinese side, represented by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the PRC, approved and included this joint laboratory in the list of the “One Belt, One Road” laboratory. As a result, the Chinese partners won a grant of $ 1,000,000 for joint research (“Joint Research on the Prevention and Control of Transboundary Animal Diseases Relevant for China and Kazakhstan and the Creation of the Belt and Road Technology Cooperation Platform”), including on the basis of this laboratory with the involvement of Kazakhstani scientists. Also, by this time, our scientists have submitted applications for the competition for program-targeted funding of scientific programs for 2021-2023, announced by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Order No. 321-OD dated 03/18/2021. On accreditation and renewal of accreditation certificates: http://www.nca.kz/info/sales/prikaz-321-od-ot-18-03-2021-g-ob-akkreditatsii-i-pereoformlenii-attestatov-akkreditatsii/