IDF STANDING COMMITTEE ON HARMONIZATION OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS

SCHMM

Harmonization


Activities

  • ISO horizontal harmonization of microbiological standard methods.
  • Development of standard methods for various detection and enumeration techniques for micro-organisms,
  • Incorporation of precision and accuracy data in cooperation with IDF bodies,
Objectives

  • To develop standardized methods (International Standards, Technical Specifications/Reviewed Methods, Guidelines) for the detection and/or enumeration of foodborne pathogenic microorganisms including their toxins, marker-organisms and food spoilage microorganisms as well as supporting methods like statistics, proficiency testing, quality control of culture media etc.;
  • To develop, when possible, dairy orientated methods in harmonization with ISO/TC 34/SC 9 “Microbiology of food” to integrate the dairy requirements into the horizontal methods to be published by the ISO committee (harmonized approach). If, for any reason, harmonization is not possible or the method is so specific for milk and milk products, the project will be developed to become a vertical joint IDF/ISO/TC 34/SC 5 standard applicable for milk and/or milk products only;
  • To support on all levels of the specific requirements for the examination of milk and milk products during the development or revision of horizontal methods;
  • To review the Joint ISO-IDF International Standards but also those of ISO/TC 34/SC 9;
  • To monitor and work with other International organizations, including the ISO TC 34/SC9 and advise the Methods Standards Steering Group on any implications related to microbiological methods related to the committee;