The China-Kazakhstan Joint Laboratory for Agricultural Sciences, built by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) for Saken Seifullin Kazakh Agrotechnical University (KATU), recently obtained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the Ministry of Trade and Integration of Kazakhstan. This accreditation shows that the lab already meets international standards for calibration and testing laboratories.
Located at the KATU College of Veterinary Medicine in Nur-Sultan, capital of Kazakhstan, the joint laboratory boasts advanced experimental equipment for a full range of tests. Coming into operation in compliance with international biosafety standards, the laboratory has developed a capacity to conduct zoonotic pathogen researches and tests under biosafety level-2 and -3 conditions, meeting the demand of the two countries for agricultural S&T innovation cooperation.
The joint laboratory fills a gap in the lack of entry-exit animal products inspection and quarantine facilities, breaking through the bottleneck of animal quarantine in Kazakhstan's domestic and foreign trade. It will serve as an important platform for China-Kazakhstan S&T cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. “The completion and operation of the China-Kazakhstan Biosafety Laboratory at KATU is a new achievement in high-quality cooperation between the two sides,” said Zhang Xiao, Chinese ambassador to Kazakhstan.
The construction and operation of the laboratory has received close attention and strong support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, and the Embassy of China in Kazakhstan. The laboratory is funded by the MST under the China-Kazakhstan Agricultural Joint Laboratory and Teaching Demonstration Sites Project, a technical assistance project for developing countries. It was built by the CAAS Harbin Veterinary Research Institute. (Correspondent: Deng Yanli)