Becoming a Non-GMO Project Approved Laboratory

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Non-GMO Project Approved Laboratory. Our lab partners play a critical role in our Product Verification Program. At the present time, we are not expanding our total number of approved laboratories. However, you are welcome to submit your contact information for future consideration and to receive additional information about applying to the Approved Lab Program. Please send an email to standard@nongmoproject.org and we will add your information to our list of prospective lab partners.

The following is a partial checklist of requirements for becoming an approved laboratory with the Non-GMO Project. All points in the checklist below must be addressed by applicant labs. We will help you with any requirement that is unclear after initial submission of materials has been completed. Please contact us for additional requirements and guidelines.



Non-GMO Project Approved Laboratory Requirements
  1. A copy of your current ISO 17025 certificate of accreditation.
  2. A copy of your current ISO 17025 scope of accreditation.
  3. Date of accreditation certificate renewal. It is your responsibility to keep your current certificate of accreditation and scope of accreditation on file with us or we will remove you from our listing.
  4. For each High-Risk crop species, a list of the tests that you provide that target all commercialized GM events for the crop species. Please indicate where in the scope of your accreditation certificate these tests are listed, if not immediately obvious.
  5. For each High-Risk crop species, please state:
  • Whether you perform Quantitative GMO analysis and/or Qualitative.
  • Whether you are using Real-Time PCR or End Point PCR for GMO analysis.

6. Example PCR analysis reports for each High-Risk crop species. For each crop species, please include an example of each of the following:

Quantitative Analysis report for a sample that has High-Risk species DNA that is sufficiently intact to allow for valid quantitative analysis by PCR.

Quantitative Analysis report for a sample that has High-Risk species DNA that is NOT sufficiently intact to allow for valid quantitative analysis by PCR. (For example, a report for an oil sample that does not contain DNA sufficiently intact for quantitation.)

Qualitative Analysis report for a sample that has High-Risk species DNA that is sufficiently intact to allow for valid quantitative analysis by PCR.

Qualitative Analysis report for a sample that has High-Risk species DNA that is NOT sufficiently intact to allow for valid quantitative analysis by PCR. (For example, a report for an oil sample that does not contain DNA sufficiently intact for quantitation.)

7. Guidance that you provide clients on how to read/interpret your test results.

8. Written acknowledgment from your laboratory that you will use the following:

The Non-GMO Project’s Testing Guidelines

Non-GMO Project Real-Time PCR Test Tables for Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis

9. A copy of your proficiency test (ring trial) results from the previous 12 months, with your laboratory’s results clearly marked/highlighted. Typical providers for proficiency tests are GIPSA, FAPAS GeMMA, ISTA, AOCS.

10. Written acknowledgment from your laboratory that you will participate in an annual proficiency test conducted by the Non-GMO Project.