Proficiency testing (PT) of microbiological laboratories

The National Food Agency in Sweden has been organizing proficiency testing schemes for laboratories performing microbiological analyses in drinking water and food for many years. By participating in PT schemes, laboratories get an external evaluation of their skill and their results in comparison with the other participants. All laboratories fulfilling and accepting the terms and conditions of the PT are welcome to participate.

In order to get a better evaluation of the results obtained, the laboratories must register the methods they use and how they use them. The information is used for grouping of the results of a particular analysis to show possible differences between methods.

Currently on the agenda - Drinking water scheme

  • March 2019: The final report is available under "Info & reports" after logging in. (5/29/2019)
    • Final results are also shown under "Processed results" after logging in.
  • It is time to check your registation for the PT round September 2019. (5/27/2019)
    • The last day to apply/cancel is 7 June.
  • Follow-up samples should be ordered on-line by using the web address: www.livsmedelsverket.se/en/PT-extra. (4/11/2018)
  • The scheme protocol is available under the tab General information. (10/20/2017)

Currently on the agenda - Food scheme

  • April 2019: The final report is available under "Info & reports" after login. (6/13/2019)
    • The final results are also shown under "Processed results"
  • It is time to check your registation for the PT round October 2019. (5/9/2019)
    • The last day to apply/cancel is 7 June.
  • January 2019: The final report is available under "Info & reports" after login. (4/11/2019)
    • The final results are also shown under "Processed results"
  • Follow-up samples should be ordered on-line by using the web address: www.livsmedelsverket.se/en/PT-extra. (12/5/2017)
  • The scheme protocol is available under the tab General information. (10/20/2017)

Currently on the agenda - Reference materials for internal control

  • The reference materials (RM) are manufactured and checked in the same manner as the test items for PT, but the handling of the RM:s is not specifically accredited.