Normec BioBeheer has joined forces in the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19

Normec BioBeheer has joined forces in the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19

Fenelab Consortium COVID-19 now also starts with Corona tests. Eight Dutch laboratories have joined forces in the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19 to realize additional test capacity at the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. These laboratories are affiliated with the national trade association Fenelab. The laboratories accredited by the Dutch Accreditation Council have extensive experience with PCR analyzes. This new extensive laboratory network will go into production this week.

Non-medical laboratories provide resources
After good deliberation with relevant authorities the time has now come: a consortium of non-medical Fenelab laboratories will offer help to carry out corona tests. The Ministry of VWS has asked the Fenelab members to become part of the upscaling laboratories. Nine members of the association Fenelab enable this collaboration: Normec Biobeheer, LabWing, Merieux Nutrisciences, Nofalab, Nutreco Masterlab, NutriControl, Nutrilab, SGS and Triskelion. Under normal circumstances these companies are competing food laboratories, all of them are ISO 17025 accredited and top performers in their field. Additionally, they have a great deal of experience to perform high-quality PCR analyzes. With the recent signing of the agreement with the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, these labs will as of January 4th contribute to the ongoing fight against the corona virus.

The CEL functions as a central extraction location and logistics distribution station
After people have been sampled at the GGD test locations, the samples – provided by the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19 – are immediately transferred by courier to the central distribution station in Vlaardingen. This Central Extraction Location (The CEL) has been prepared and meets BSL-2 safety qualifications to receive, pre-treat and distribute nose and throat samples. Qualified personnel receive the samples. Using the extraction robots installed for this purpose, the samples are pipetted to the 96-well plates that are allocated to the participating laboratories.

PCR analyzes within 24 hours
The laboratories, the so-called PCR locations in the Netherlands, ultimately carry out the tests on the basis of which it is determined whether or not a person is infected with the corona virus. Results will be delivered within 24 hours of taking the swab. In addition, daily ring tests and control samples ensure that the quality requirements are met. All materials for the sampling, kits and analysis equipment are provided by the Fenelab Consortium COVID-19. The Dutch laboratories thus enable further upscaling with extra PCR capacity.

About Fenelab Consortium COVID-19
The Fenelab Consortium COVID-19 is a partnership of Fenelab members that jointly provides a joint SARS-CoV-2 test facility on behalf of the Ministry of VWS. In the next months, the consortium will carry out corona tests at the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. At the start of the work, nine Dutch Fenelab members entered into a partnership to provide the special service.

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