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Survey on the Commodity-Scope of Official Labs

As part of the 2nd Comprehensive Pesticide Lab Survey a sub-survey on the commodity scopes of the official EU-laboratories (OLs) was conducted. OLs from EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) and EU candidate countries (Croatia, FYROM, Turkey) were also invited.

The EURLs would like to thank all participants for the lively participation!

Some results of this survey, which was conducted by the EURL-SRM on behalf of all 4 EURLs, are shown below

Joint Network of Official Pesticide Residue Labs

The scene of official pesticide residue labs (OLs) within the EU is highly diverse as regards the scope of commodities and pesticides covered. More than 80% of the OLs (including NRLs) perform pesticide-residue-related activities belonging to the responsibility area of more than one EURL (see Tables 1, 2 and 3). Moreover, in most labs activities corresponding to more than one EURL are often conducted by the same persons (data not shown).

This situation asks for the creation of a Joint Network and for a high degree of cooperation and coordination among the 4 EURLs on pesticides. The EURL-SRM, being responsible for all commodity types, has a special position that calls for close collaboration with all OLs, NRLs (Table 2).

Table 1: Responsibility Areas of the different OLs (including NRLs)
(206 labs (82 %) cover more than one EURL-area)

 EURL-Areas covered 
 FVCFAOSRMNo. of OLs with
this combination
 XXXX74
 XXX 31
   X 26
 XX X23
 XX  16
 X   16
 X  X14
  XX 13
 X XX11
  XXX9
  X X6
 X X 6
   XX3
  X  3
Total

191

(76%)

175

(70%)

127

(51%)

140

(56%)**

SUM = 251*

* Number of labs that responded to the survey out of 285 OLs within the EU and EFTA states

** in theory: 100%

 

Table 2: OLs actually analyzing SRM-compounds in different sample types

 No. of labs covering SRM-compounds in the respective EURL-areas
 EURL-FVEURL-CFEURL-AO
 

Fruits&Veg.

(N=191)

Cereals

(N=155)

Feed

(N=83)

AO

(N=124)

High fat cont.

(plant; N=118)

Honey

(N=94)

No. of labs analyzing for SRM-compounds

(OVERALL 140 labs (56%))

118

(62%)

87

(58%)

30

(36%)

23

(19%)

27

(23%)

24

(26%)

 

Commodity scope covered by OLs

Table 3: Commodities covered by the different laboratories
To see Table 3, please CLICK HERE.

Link to Survey Overview: CLICK HERE.

 

Published 24-08-2010, 10:24:58

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