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ECBC's Environmental BioMonitoring Laboratory Focuses on the Future
Date:1/8/2009

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mindful of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center's (ECBC) Environmental BioMonitoring Laboratory (EBML) staff focuses on developing technologies and services that address the new world demands for global accreditation, increased service offerings, laboratory flexibility and quality control.

"We continue to work towards continuous expansion and leading the way in environmental bioanalytical laboratory services that meets the needs of the world post Sept. 11," said Isaac Fruchey, EBML team leader.

With this global view, EBML offers a variety of biosafety level one and two analytical technical services and is pursuing International Organization for Standardization (ISO)17025:2005 accreditation that is slated for completion in early 2009.

"This [accreditation] will increase confidence levels in analytical results and holds the laboratory accountable to internationally-recognized standards for testing and calibration, which is crucial to our continued success," Fruchey said.

Evolving as a broad-service bioanalytical laboratory, EBML is outfitted with modern facilities and equipment. The lab provides a wide range of environmental analytical testing services and, its staff has hands-on experience with a variety of challenging environmental sample matrices including soil, filters, high efficiency particulate air vacuum filters, biological sampling kits, surface swipes and cotton swabs.

"In our laboratory, we offer complementary technologies for the qualitative detection of both biological toxins and organisms," Fruchey said. "Our high-throughput screening approach allows us to provide same-day results for most samples, with a turnaround time of approximately six hours for complete analysis. This same-day service has an immediate impact on our clients."

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