As provided for in the Department Order, BAFS shall lead the Harmonization of DA Laboratory Services. The terms of reference of BAFS under this work stream are:

a. Develop a national action plan on harmonizing all laboratory services provided by the DA national agencies and the DA RFOs through the

    Regional Integrated Agricultural Laboratory Divisions and oversee its implementation;

b. Synchronize plans and efforts of the National Food Authority - Food Development Center (NFA-FDC) on harmonization of food safety

    laboratory services , particularly in line with the latter's role and responsibilities as Coordinating Laboratory for DA Laboratories as

    stipulated in the Food Safety Act (FSA) 2013 and its IRR;

c. Develop and oversee the implementation of an integrated program for overall development including, but not limited to, accreditation,

    proficiency testing, and training for the laboratories;

d. Coordinate with the concerned national agencies and the DA RFOs on the upgrading of laboratory and testing facilities and provide

    pertinent recommendations for this purpose;

e. Develop, establish and maintain the DA National Laboratory Information Management Systems.