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EPPO Workshop on Flexible Scope

Wageningen (NL), 2017-06-26/28


An EPPO Workshop on flexible scope which will be organized with the Dutch National Reference Centre of the NPPO on 2017-06-26/28 at NVWA, Geertjesweg 15, Wageningen (NL).

It will start at 14:00 on Monday June 26th and finish at 13:00 on Wednesday June 28th.



At the last Workshop for Heads of plant pest diagnostic laboratories, differences in conditions of access to accreditation under a flexible scope were noted between countries. The Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance in January 2017 suggested that a workshop should be organized to improve harmonization and benefit from a recent Dutch experience with flexible scope and the experiences of others with flexible scope. The objective of the Workshop is to identify the main components that should be included in an EPPO Standard on Flexible scope. It was considered that such a Standard was urgently needed because requirements for laboratories to be accredited for all their activities in plant pest diagnostic are increasing.


Draft agenda

The Workshop will start with presentations of laboratories’ experience with flexible scope. For that session, experts are invited to propose a presentation. Three small workshops organized in parallel will follow to discuss practical issues on validation, quality assurance and expertise as part of the diagnostic process in the framework of flexible scope. All participants will attend the three workshops.

The Workshop will be followed by a separate meeting of a small group composed of experts from the Panel on Diagnostics and Quality Assurance who will prepare a draft of this EPPO Standard based on the outcomes of the Workshop.

Download draft agenda


Participants and Registration

The Workshop is open to participants from EPPO member countries only. Please note that the number of participants is limited to 40 and selection will be made on a first come first serve basis per country (with the exception of the small drafting group).

Participants are required to have a good command of accreditation against the ISO Standard 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories and of the EPPO Standard (PM 7/98).

A registration fee of 75 EUR will be requested. It will cover transfer from/to the NVWA, two lunches and a dinner.

Register on-line - Please note that no more places are currently available for this workshop, however you can register to be on a waiting list (confirmation of attendance will be given on the 6th of June)



Please note that you should make your own hotel booking. Rooms in the Van der Valk Hotel Veenendaal have been pre-booked at a special rate and the deadline for booking is 2017-05-22. Transportation from this hotel to the NVWA in Wageningen will be arranged.

COMFORT ROOMS (only shower) (30 rooms available):
Single use 89€ room/night, including breakfast buffet
Twin use 99€ room/night, including breakfast buffet

DELUXE ROOMS (shower and bath):
Single use 94€ room/night, including breakfast buffet
Twin use 104€ room/night, including breakfast buffet

Hotel contact details:
Van der Valk Hotel Veenendaal
Bastion 73
3905 NJ Veenendaal
T: +31 (0)318 79 90 60
F: +31 (0)318 79 90 61

Please mention “VEE-GF6204” when making your booking.



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