Laboratory Capacity Building Program Destined to African Food Regulatory Laboratory Experts

The International Food Safety Training Laboratory (IFSTL) hosted by the Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Excellence Platform (PARERA) of Université Laval (Québec, Canada) is implementing a capacity building initiative aiming to enhance the capacity of regulatory laboratories in Africa to support conformity assessment for regional and international trade in agricultural commodities. This initiative is a joint endeavor funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Waters Corporation and PARERA. This capacity building program is carried out in close collaboration with the African Union and with the support of the Sub-Saharan-Africa Section of AOAC International.


The project includes 4 phases:

Phase 1 - On-Line Training Program : Methods for Analysis of food contaminants: Rapid Screening and Confirmatory Techniques

Phase 2 – In laboratory training

Phase 3 – Verification Phase: All trainees will participate in a continuous improvement program, where they are asked to deploy the analytical method / technique acquired, at their own/home laboratory facility fulfilling “fit-for-purpose” requirements.

Phase 4 – Proficiency Testing Phase: All training recipients are to take part in targeted PT for the method /technique acquired to test and demonstrate competency of the associated laboratory on the acquired techniques and analytical methodology.

Interested candidates are invited to fill and send the Candidate Enrolment Document attached at with the mention : “IFSTL2020-2021 Training” in the subject line

Candidacies can be submitted until November 27th, 2020 at midnight GMT.