Topic outline

This course is part of a series of four e-learning courses on ”Bivalve Mollusc Sanitation for growing areas".

This third course in the e-learning series details the Growing Area Monitoring activity in a bivalve mollusc sanitation programme. The course describes sample plans, how to conduct sampling and the laboratory analysis of microbiological hazards in a growing area for bivalve molluscs intended for human consumption.


This course addresses the subject matter from a technical perspective but is written for the general public. Individuals who would especially benefit from taking the course include:

  • Policy makers
  • Responsible authorities.
  • Development practitioners and programme managers
  • Sectoral specialists and researchers
  • Bivalve producers
  • Trainers and extension agents

  • Primary and ongoing monitoring in terms of their dependencies and activities.
  • Generating and document sampling plans for primary and ongoing monitoring.
  • The requirements for sampling and sample transport for bivalve molluscs and water.
  • The capability factors and the recommended quality management frameworks for laboratories.
  • The microbiological methods for the determination of faecal indicators and pathogens in bivalves and water.

This course consists of four lessons of approximately 15-45 minutes each:

  • Lesson 1 - Primary and ongoing monitoring
  • Lesson 2 - Sampling plans
  • Lesson 3 - Sample collection and transport
  • Lesson 4 - Quality, methods and laboratories

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    Department for International Development (DFID)