Omsk Reference Center (Omsky Biocluster member) carries out its activities in the field of veterinary medicine, plant quarantine, seed production and plant protection, agrochemistry, soil fertility, quality and safety of grain, cereals, feed and components for their production, as well as by-products of grain processing. The service area of the Center includes the city of Omsk and the Omsk region. The Center has all the necessary licenses, certificates and accreditation.
As of December 19, the Omsk Reference Center received 51,508 samples, which is significantly more than in 2019. Specialists conducted 170,880 tests, including 15,333 tests as a state assignment. As a result, 28,472 positive samples were identified (16.7% of all tests). In 2020, the center issued 32,650 product conformity statements and issued 570 quality certificates for more than 100,000 tons of grain.
Every year, the Omsk Reference Center, together with the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Omsk Branch), draws up a coordination plan for joint activities and signs an agreement on the implementation of the state task. In 2020, the state task was completed in full. In accordance with the training schedule for 2020, 22 employees of the Center improved their qualifications.
During the year, employees of the Testing Center of the Omsk Reference Center took part in interlaboratory comparative tests organized by providers subordinate to the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.
In 2020, the Omsk Reference Center continued the modernization of laboratories with modern equipment. In order to provide information coverage of the activities, the Center is actively working on interaction with the media. The Center official website regularly provides information on all areas of activity, current news, advice and recommendations to the population in the field of food and biological safety. To highlight significant events and results, the Center takes part in press conferences and round tables. Also, attention is paid to interaction with the press and TV channels broadcasting in the region.
Now, an application has been submitted to the Federal Accreditation Agency for the procedure for expanding the scope of accreditation in the study of samples for the presence of antibiotics, GMOs, as well as in the field of grain and feed quality indicators, water quality indicators, agrochemical indicators, toxic elements, grain safety indicators, pesticides and indicators in plant quarantine areas. To carry out the procedure, all the necessary techniques were introduced, equipment and reagents were purchased. Changes have been made to the quality management system in accordance with the new requirements of GOST (Russian State Standart) 17025-2019. In 2021, the Omsk Reference Center will have to go through the competency confirmation procedure.