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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 with the most widely used techniques in its field of competence (ICP-MS; Z-ETA AAS; FIMS; HG-AAS; ICP-OES and Direct Mercury Analysis)
- giving assistance to EU-NRLs in its field of activities
- organizing training courses for NRLs of candidate and third countries.

Since July 2004, the EURL-CEFAO has been accredited as testing laboratory by the Swedish Board of Accreditation Swedac in accordance with the recognized International Standard ISO/IEC 17025. In order to improve the qualification of its work, in 2010 the EURL obtained the flexible scope for ISO/IEC 17025 and the accreditation as provider of proficiency testing schemes according to International Guide ISO Guide 43-1 and subsequently (2011) to ISO/IEC 17043:2010. In 2012 the shift to the national accreditation body ACCREDIA for both standards was achieved in due time according to Reg. (EC) No 765/2008 of the European Parliament (art. 4 and 39).

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Published 24-03-2006 in About Us , last update 06-10-2016

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