The EURL supports NRLs by organizing interlaboratory comparisons for the determination of chemical elements in food of animal origin (defined in CR 854/2004) pursuing selected objectives. In fact, since 2006 the EURL-CEFAO has been working to improve the analytical performance of NRLs proposing exercises dealing with matrices fortified at concentration of interest. Therefore chemical elements and matrices used are both those for which a ML is fixed in CR (EC) 1881/2006 and those generally analyzed in National Residues Control Plans of EU MS.
Each year PTs are planned taking into account both the outcome of the previous ones and the needs of NRLs. In order to meet these specific characteristics, materials are prepared ad hoc. This preparation starts with the purchase of commercial...
The EURL-CEFAO is currently accredited by the Italian accreditation body ACCREDIA as testing laboratory and as PT Provider in accordance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO/IEC 17043:2010 respectively.
The previous accreditation status as testing laboratory was assessed by the Swedish Board of Accreditation, Swedac on 30 June 2004. In order to improve the qualification of its work, the Laboratory applied and obtained the flexible scope for 17025 and the accreditation as PT Provider in accordance with International Guide ISO Guide 43-1 on 29 March 2010 and subsequently on 9 January 2012 with ISO/IEC 17043:2010.
In July 2012, the transition to the national accreditation body ACCREDIA for both standards was achieved following Reg. (EC) No 765/2008 of the European...
The European Union Reference Laboratory for Chemical Elements in Food of Animal Origin (EURL-CEFAO) is hosted by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Department of Food Safety and Veterinary Public Health. The EURL-CEFAO is responsible for the residues listed in the Annex I, Group B3(c) in the Council Directive 96/23/EC of 29 April 1996, that is Chemical Elements in Food of Animal Origin.
The EURL-CEFAO, former called CRL-ISS, is one of the European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs). The tasks of EURLs are listed in the Art. 32 of Regulation 882/2004. In particular, the EURL-CEFAO focuses its mission on:
- the preparation of ad-hoc reference materials for Proficiency Testing for its relevant NRLs, and organizing a yearly workshop to discuss the results
- validating methods...
Commission Recommendation (EU) 2016/1111 of 6 July 2016 on the monitoring of nickel in food
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