DG-SANCO strongly promotes the establishment of cooperation between official laboratories in the area of SRM-pesticides (see also 12th recital in preamble ("whereas part") to Multiannual Coord. Control Progr. Reg. for 2012-14).
This cooperation should not only take place between parties located within the the same country, international cooperations are also encouraged. Cooperation with commercial labs is also possible, but these labs have to participate in the EUPTs.
To promote cooperation and facilitate contacts between potential collaborators the EURL-SRM has launched the SRM-PinBoard-Service. The main aim of this initiative is to increasingly exploit existing synergy potentials and to assist MSs, the OfLs of which currently lack the capacity to introduce and run certain SRM-methods, in their efforts to keep up with the requirements of the multi-annual control programs.
The cooperation may follow different approaches, e.g.:
OfLs or MSs may subcontract selected laboratories (governmental or commercial) to analyse for SRM-pesticides.
- MUTUAL SUBCONTRACTING:
OfLs or MSs may establish mutual subcontracting agreements, dividing analytical tasks and labour among them. If carried out in a balanced way, such cooperation can even be accomplished without financial transactions among the parties.
As a first step towards creating the SRM-PinBoard-Service an extensive Survey was run among all OfLs to find out:
a) what type of cooperation already exists between labs/institutions in the area of pesticide residue analysis, and
b) which labs/institutions are interested in cooperating in the future with other labs/institutions in the SRM area and in which way.
Using the information received from this Survey and following a double check with the labs, the EURL-SRM has prepared a list (SRM-PinBoard), showing all labs/institutions that have expressed interest in entering into cooperation in the SRM area and have given their consent to appear in the SRM-PinBoard. For labs that would like to be subcontracted for the analysis of certain compounds the SRM-PinBoard also gives information about the accreditation status and whether the lab is deemed analytically proficient, based on available EUPT-results.
The latest versions of the SRM-PinBoard can be accesses in the restricted CIRCA area:
How to join the SRM-PinBoard and how to opt out from it?
All laboratories within the Network can chose to be introduced or to be excluded from the SRM-PinBoard at any time, upon request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Updating the SRM-PinBoard:
The SRM-PinBoard list will be updated periodically by the EURL-SRM, in particular when new EUPT results become available or when labs wish their entries to be amended. If you like the SRM-PinBoard-data concerning your lab to be updated please contact (email@example.com).
Judgement of Analytical Proficiency:
Based on available EUPT-SRM results, and considering the number of available results and the z-scores achieved, we evaluated the "proficiency" of all labs within our network in the analysis of SRM-pesticides. These rules are preliminary and will be further revised in the future, in consultation with the EUPT-Panel, as the number of collected results will increase (any input this regarding is welcomed).
For more info concerning the currently applied rules please refer to the SRM-PinBoard file.
The SRM-PinBoard list does NOT contain any "non-proficient" entry. If a lab is not listed as proficient for a certain pesticide this can either mean that the lab was judged as not proficient (based on the EUPT-results available for this pesticide) or, in most cases, that there is not enough data available to assess its proficiency.
Evaluated pesticides (only for labs with sufficient number of results):
- Quats (Chlormequat / Mepiquat),
- Acidic pesticides as free acids (2,4-D, Fluazifop etc.),
- Dithiocarbamates as CS2,
Not evaluated pesticides (due to too few EUPT-results in general):
- Acidic pesticides following alklaine hydrolysis,
- Fenbutatin Oxide,
Here you will find a quick evaluation of the SRM-PinBoard (Version1): PinBoard (Version I) Fact Overview
For any questions or suggestions concerning the SRM-PinBoard please contact us under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your EURL-SRM Team
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