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 250 laboratories from 31 countries in the Americas members of the INFAL that regularly meet via web-based platforms, seminars, workshops, assemblies or through other activities promoted by the INFAL.
Mission of the INFAL
INFAL's mission is to promote and strengthen technical-scientific competence and collaboration and interaction between food safety and quality laboratories in the Americas within the framework of integrated national food protection programs, to protect consumer health and facilitate trade.
Objectives of the INFAL
Achieve the methodological equivalence of food analysis laboratories.
Strengthen technical-scientific cooperation among countries.
Support the creation of national networks.
Facilitate participation of member laboratories in proficiency testing schemes.
Promote the implementation of equivalent quality management systems in the INFAL laboratories.
Organize and promote training and continuous education programs, promoting the exchange of experiences and resources available in the region.
Maintain an information system for the members of the INFAL.