Initial Certification Audits for Laboratories
QCS will perform initial certification audits for laboratories in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) as described in the CDCB Auditing Procedures for Laboratories Manual.

The rate for an initial certification audit is $5,000 and includes one on-site visit, a written audit report, and 12 months of certification.

Payment is due before the travel arrangements will be made.

If the laboratory fails to meet the CDCB requirements and cannot be certified by QCS, additional visits or follow up auditing may be necessary. The charge for this time will be $100 per half day plus travel expenses.

Renewal Audits for Laboratories
QCS will perform renewal audits for laboratories in accordance with the guidelines established by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) as described in the CDCB Auditing Procedures for Laboratories Manual.

The annual rate for certification renewal is $1000 and the rate for an on-site audit is $1100. However, the on-site audit fee can be split into two payments of $550 and paid annually.

The annual rate for participation in the Sample Unknowns program is determined by the total number of components subject to analysis and the rate is $100 per component per instrument. For example, the annual rate for one instrument certified to analyze for butterfat, protein, and somatic cells is $300. Additional examples are provided in following table:

Number ofComponents Analyzed On-site Audit Fee (Split over two years) Annual Certification Renewal Fee Total Certification Renewal Fee
3 x $100 = $300 $1100 / 2 = $550 $1000 $1850
4 x $100 = $400 $1100 / 2 = $550 $1000 $1950
7 x $100 = $700 $1100 / 2 = $550 $1000 $2250
10 x $100 = $1000 $1100 / 2 = $550 $1000 $2550
13 x $100 = $1300 $1100 / 2 = $550 $1000 $2850

Milk urea nitrogen (MUN) analysis via the Sample Unknowns program is not required for certification and is an optional service provided by QCS.

Payment is due by the last day of the centering period month.

If the laboratory fails to meet the CDCB requirements and cannot be certified by QCS, additional visits or follow up auditing may be necessary. The charge for this time will be $100 per half day plus travel expenses.