The importance of laboratory networking was recognized back in 1997, when representatives from 24 countries in the Americas and six international agencies, unanimously approved the establishment of the Interamerican Network of Food Analysis Laboratories (INFAL).
The INFAL was created as an interaction mechanism among food analysis laboratories in the Americas to strength their analytical capabilities to ensure food safety, protect consumer´s health and promote international trade.
To date, there are more than 138 laboratories from 25 countries in the Americas that are members of INFAL that meet regularly through web platforms, seminars, workshops, assemblies, or other activities promoted by INFAL
Mission of the INFAL
The INFAL's mission is to promote and strengthen technical-scientific competence and collaboration and interaction between food safety and quality laboratories within the framework of integrated national food control systems, to protect consumer health and facilitate trade in the Americas region.
OBJECTIVES OF THE INFAL
LINES OF ACTION
Organize and promote training and continuous education programs, promoting the exchange of experiences and resources available in the region.
Strengthen technical-scientific cooperation among countries.
Provide technical assistance for the creation of national networks of food laboratories.