Published: January 3rd, 2008
Revised: September 3rd, 2012
At Sporometrics, we are serious about quality. Our lab is fully-accredited by AIHA for all available microbial fields of testing: FUNGI, BACTERIA and LEGIONELLA. We’re also one of the only Canadian laboratories accredited by the US-CDC in Legionella analysis, and by Health Canada in viral testing for West Nile virus & Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.
Sporometrics is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by the American Industrial Hygiene Association Laboratory Accreditation Programs, LLC. AIHA accreditation represents the single most comprehensive and widely recognized international credential in the performance of environmental microbiological laboratory analyses of a range of matrices from the built environment.
Two-thirds of our staff are degreed scientists with university training in microbiology, (including mycology, bacteriology, virology, phytopathology) and entomology. Many have post-graduate degrees. Our senior scientific staff, Dr. Scott and Dr. Summerbell, hold professional certifications from the Canadian College of Microbiologists.
All of our analytical staff are certified by the Pan-American Aerobiology Certification Board (PAACB) through a process involving a series of rigorous examinations demonstrating their knowledge and skills in microscopic identification of fungal spores and knowledge of fungal taxonomy, ecology and sampling methodologies. Unlike laboratory proficiency testing and accreditation programs which evaluate the overall performance of a laboratory, the PAACB program submits each and every analyst to a rigorous set of examinations, ensuring uniformity and excellence for every individual who passes to become certified and receives a PAACB stamp. At Sporometrics, our 6-month analyst trainee program partners new employees with senior analysts, allowing them to become familiarized with laboratory procedures and identification techniques. Our internal training program takes each analyst trainee through a series of internally-delivered examinations to test their knowledge of theory and practice. The culmination of our internal training program is the PAACB examination process, which provides external quality assurance on the knowledge and skills of our analysts.