RGCAs Aquaculture Pathology Lab is Indias First NABL Accredited Lab

Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India becomes the First Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory in the country accredited by NABL (National Accreditation Board For Testing & Calibration Laboratories) as per ISO/IEC 17025 : 2005.

RGCA the R & D arm of MPEDA established a state-of-the-art Central Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory at its Head quarters in Sirkali, TamilNadu in September 2011. The laboratory has been serving aquaculture industry of the country by providing timely and reliable diagnosis of various diseases encountered during the culture of finfish, shrimps & freshwater prawns.

The laboratory is equipped with all the latest disease diagnostic tools and has three component units for Molecular Pathology, Histopathology and Microbiology which together helps in diagnosis of various diseases encountered by the aquaculture industry. The Molecular Pathology Laboratory has been routinely engaged in screening/diagnosis of 16 Crustacean (shrimp/crab) pathogens including OIE listed pathogens besides 3 finfish pathogens.

In addition, the laboratory conducts periodical & need based aquaculture disease surveillance in India for the benefit of the seafood export industry. All the known diseases affecting the shrimp/prawn/ fish are diagnosed at this lab which includes the recently emerged dreaded shrimp disease viz. Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS)/ Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Disease (AHPND).

The laboratory has been successfully participating in Proficiency testing conducted by Aquaculture Pathology Laboratory, University of Arizona, USA (a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for crustacean diseases).

WITH THE ACCREDITATION OF NABL, THE AQUACULTURE PATHOLOGY LAB HAS BECOME THE ONLY NATIONALLY ACCREDITED LABORATORY FOR AQUACULTURE DISEASE DIAGNOSIS.