Participants of the 9th Ordinary Assembly of INFAL

The Minister of Health of Dominican Republic, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas chaired the Opening Ceremony of the 9th Ordinary Assembly of the Inter-American Network of Food Analysis Laboratories – RILAA which was held from the 5th to 9th of November in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Assembly gathered representatives of the member laboratories of 17 countries of the Americas, who defined the new strategies of the INFAL, the action plans of the 2019-2020 biennium, new ad-hoc groups, and elect the new representatives of the Executive Committee, as well as the host country of the 10th INFAL Assembly. The Assembly also hosted a Technical Seminar on antimicrobial resistance and digital transformation.

The representative of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), Dr. Alma Morales, welcomed the representatives of the present laboratories and proceeded to give the floor to Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health of PAHO / WHO, who emphasized the excellent and continuous commitment of the participating laboratories, regarding collaboration and horizontal cooperation, known as South-South Cooperation. The ex-officio Secretariat of the INFAL exercised by PANAFTOSA / SPV of PAHO / WHO in cooperation with OPS Dominican Republic and REDLAA provided supervision and technical support during the Assembly.

Representatives of the new Executive Committee 2019-2020 elected during the 9th INFAL Ordinary Assembly

THE 9TH ASSEMBLY OF RILAA reached the expected goals defining the action plans for the 2019-2020 biennium, forming ad-hoc groups on antimicrobial resistance and labeling, as well as electing the member countries of the new Executive Committee: Argentina , Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Finally, Brazil was elected as the host country of the next 10th Assembly of the INFAL

Report and presentations

Sistema de gestión de las muestras de los laboratorios de la red nacional de vigilancia sanitaria y ensayos de proficiencia – Dra. Carla de Oliveira Rosas

Conferencia Magistral “Seguridad e Inocuidad Alimentaria en el Marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible” – Dr. Plácido F. Gómez Ramírez

La Utilización del Sistema Harpya en Brasil Nuestra Experiencia en la gestión de muestras de alimentos y otros productos – Dra. Carla de Oliveira Rosas

Informática de Laboratorio – Necesidades, Cronología y Futuro – Daniel Fernando Santos Díaz

Salmonella from farm to fork – Prof. Patrick Butaye

Serovariedades de Salmonella resistentes en carne de ave importada – Lcda. Marieta Sonali Rivera Corona

Clasificación de agentes antimicrobianos y su mecanismo de acción en Resistencia Antimicrobiana (RAM) – Una visión en inocuidad alimentaria – Dr. Mario Collado

Sistema de vigilancia integrada del caribe en Resistencia Antimicrobiana en la agricultura (CISARA ) – Experiencia de República Dominicana – Dra. Virginia Quiñónez

Grupo Inter-agencias y vigilancia integrada en resistencia antimicrobiana – Dr. Herbert Morales (OIRSA)

Grupo Inter-agencias y vigilancia integrada en resistencia antimicrobiana – Dra. Ericka Calderon (IICA)

Grupo Inter-agencias y vigilancia integrada en resistencia antimicrobiana – Dra. Simone Raszl (OPS)

Grupo Inter-agencias y vigilancia integrada en resistencia antimicrobiana – Dr. Leopoldo del Barrio (FAO)

RAM, la Cadena Alimenticia y los Laboratorios de Análisis de Alimentos – Una Salud – Dr. Armando Hoet

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