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Proficiency Program
Program Description

The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) offers a Proficiency Program (PDF; 86Kb) to help organizations testing for biotechnology-derived grains and oilseeds improve testing capability and reliability. Through this program, GIPSA is improving the overall performance of testing for biotechnology-derived grains and oilseeds.

Program Specifics
  • Participation in this program is voluntary and available to organizations testing for the presence of biotechnology events in grains and oilseeds.
  • Participants receive corn and soybean samples for testing on a quarterly basis. The program will include new events as they are commercialized.
  • Each participant receives a summary report and a code to identify their organization.
  • The summary report will be posted on GIPSA's web site.
Participant Information

Participants in the GIPSA Proficiency Program must provide the following information by letter or e-mail to the GIPSA Biotechnology Program Manager listed below:

  • Participant name and address.
  • Participant contact person.
  • Contact telephone number.
  • Contact fax number.
  • Contact e-mail address.
Information Contact

For more information on this program or to participate, contact Ron Jenkins at 816-891-0442, or by e-mail at biotech-lab@usda.gov.

Proficiency Program Final Reports
October 2013 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 1,644Kb)
April 2013 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 1,523Kb)
November 2012 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 1,089Kb)
April 2012 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 1,304Kb)
October 2011 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 1,328Kb)
April 2011 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 453Kb)
October 2010 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 860Kb)
April 2010 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 334Kb)
November 2009 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 605Kb)
May 2009 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 284Kb)
November 2008 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 640Kb)
May 2008 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 368Kb)
October 2007 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 205Kb)
April 2007 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 252Kb)
October 2006 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 292Kb)
April 2006 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 323Kb)
October 2005 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 311Kb)
April 2005 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 345Kb)
October 2004 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
April 2004 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
January 2004 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
September 2003 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Summary Report - Attachment
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
May 2003 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Summary Report - Attachment
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
February 2003 Proficiency Program Results:
Summary Report
Quantitative Sample Summary
Qualitative Sample Summary
November 2002 Proficiency Program Results
August 2002 Proficiency Program Results
May 2002 Proficiency Program Results
February 2002 Proficiency Program Results (PDF; 79Kb)
DNA-Based Laboratory Proficiency Study Final Report (PDF; 43Kb)