The majority of new challenges that our country needs to address after signing of the EU Association Agreement are related to the agriculture sector.
The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) has provided a real perspective for export of the Georgian products to the EU market. The DCFTA opens for the Georgian products the access to the world’s largest market with 28 countries and more than 500 million consumers.
Based on the above, it is of utmost importance to develop a business-oriented agriculture in our country and Georgia to become an exporter of agro-food products with the support of the Government.
Agro test laboratory network is well developed as far as considerable resources from state budget and various donor organizations have been invested in recent years to improve laboratory systems in Georgia.
There are governmental and private laboratories operating in the country. The laboratories have a wide range of tests like animal disease diagnostic, Plant disease diagnostic, GMO, water microbiology and chemical tests, food/feed testing, soil testing, and act.
Most laboratories have internal quality control (IQC) systems in place and participate in regular external quality assessment programs or inter-laboratory comparisons for some or all of their activities.
Almost all Test Laboratories are accredited and certified by ISO 17025:2005. Testing refer to the accompanying scope of accreditation for information regarding the types of tests to which this accreditation applies. ISO 17025 accredited laboratories have demonstrated that they are technically proficient and able to produce precise and accurate test and calibration data. This ensures a laboratory’s quality management system is thoroughly evaluated on a regular basis to guarantee continued technical competence and compliance with ISO 17025.
ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation helps customer minimize risk by ensuring that customers are choosing a technically competent lab that has a sound quality system in place. This also allows stakeholders to avoid expensive retesting, which enhances confidence in customer product by assuring that it has been thoroughly evaluated by an independent, competent testing or calibration laboratory that has been assessed by a third party.
There are following laboratories operating across Georgia:
The Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture (LMA) (www.LMA.GOV.GE) works animal and plants diseases diagnosis and food safety direction. The Laboratory network operates country-wide and includes three (3) zonal diagnostic laboratories in Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Akhaltsikhe and eight (8) regional ones in Gori, Marneuli, Dusheti, Gurjaani, Ambrolauri, Ozurgeti, Zugdidi, and Batumi. The Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture owns international ISO 17025:2005; in addition, the quality management system ISO 9001:2015 has been introduced and applied.
Adjara Laboratory Research Center (www.moalab.ge) mainly operates in Adjara region and does food testing. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005.
Wine Test Laboratory can assist customers for alcohol content testing, anti-oxidant testing, vine testing and act. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005.
Quality Lab (QL) operates in food testing and GMO testing. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005.
Multitest Lab operates in three different directions like food testing, soil testing and alcohol content testing. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005
Natadze Scientific-Research Institute of Sanitary, Hygiene and Medical Ecology, mainly operates in food testing. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005.
Cito 2, can assist customers in food testing. The laboratory owns accreditation and certified ISO 17025:2005
Agricultural University of Georgia, Division of Ecological Agriculture and Nature Conservation, mainly works on soil test analyses.
There are some laboratories working in food safety issues: Etalon Lab, Expertise plus, Norma, Test lab and ect.