Welcome to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Quality Improvement Program!
Specialists with the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Aquatic Animal Health Program (FWS-AAHP) are committed to maintaining of scientific excellence through work in the Quality Improvement Program. We have accomplished much in the past decade through Standardized Procedures, Quality Improvement Studies, and expanded laboratory capabilities. Together with our partners, we continue to provide state-of-the-art aquatic animal health services that protect and enhance the health of aquatic animal resources for future generations.
The following describes common elements of QA/QC, what constitutes a comprehensive QI Program, and the overall program goals of the FWS Aquatic Animal Health QI Program.
Critical to Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) programs is the inclusion of performance measures that ensure accurate and reliable data and test results. The primary areas of focus for the FWS Aquatic Animal Health QI Program will include:
A comprehensive Quality Improvement (QI) program includes the traditional
aspects of QA/QC described above, while simultaneously promoting proactive
and dynamic approaches to ensure the program is continually improving and evolving.
This is very important considering the rapid technological advancements in
molecular biology and our expanding understanding of how many related disciplines
overlap with aquatic animal health. The vigilance promoted in our dynamic QI
program demonstrates commitment to effective and proficient disease detection
and management, and to continual development of improved methodologies that
broaden the understanding of aquatic animal health.
Our dynamic approach to QA/QC actively promotes collaboration with professional organizations and academia, assists our partners in meeting their changing program needs, and ensures continued excellence in the science generated in the field of aquatic animal health.