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DHS Seeks Laboratory Quality Assurance Services for BioWatch

BioWatch Trigger DetectorThe Department of Homeland Security has issued a Request for Information on organizations capable of providing Quality Assurance (QA) services to the BioWatch national biodetection program.

The BioWatch QA Program was established in 2011 to ensure field and laboratory operations for the biosurveillance system are conducted according to program policies, protocols, and QA and quality control (QC) requirements to ensure the defensibility of results.

The BioWatch QA Program elements include:

  • Program-defined QA requirements in QA Program Plans (QAPPs) for field, laboratory, and test and evaluation of candidate technologies
  • Independent audits of the SSL and field and laboratory operations
  • Routine testing of PM samples with known outcomes to monitor analytical performance
  • Routine proficiency testing (PT) using ISO17043:2010 standards.

Responses to this RFI will assist DHS in understanding the number and nature of available solutions.

Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-17-I-BIOWQA. Capability statements are requested no later than Jan 09, 2017.

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