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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to announce the second European Proficiency Test for Pesticide Residues in Special Commodities (EUPT-FV-SC02, Ground Black Pepper), organised by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Residues of Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables on behalf of the European Commission, Health and Food Safety Directorate-General (DG-SANTE).

This EUPT-FV-SC02 is directed at all National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and all Official Laboratories (OfLs) in the EU Member States. Laboratories outside this EURL/NRL/OfL-Network may be allowed to participate on a case-by-case basis. Participation in this intercomparative study remains on a voluntary basis. Given the limited material available, the registration forms will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

The test item, approximately 25 g of ground black pepper containing pesticide residues will be shipped to participants on 3rd December 2018 (If any laboratory has holidays in the week of the shipment, please inform the organizer to rearrange the shipment).

The laboratories have to determine the residue levels and report the concentrations for each of the pesticides that they detect. The participants can download the Target pesticide List clicking here: 

This list of target pesticides also contains the Minimum Required Reporting Level (MRRL) for each pesticide, please be aware that some MRRLs are lower than the general 0.01 mg/kg.

The timetable for this proficiency test is (please note that the Calendar may be subject to minor changes): 

Opening Registration period 9th November 2018
Deadline for receiving Application Form from laboratories. 16th November 2018
Sample distribution 3rd December 2018
Deadline for receiving results 21st January 2019
Preliminary Report: only results, no statistical treatment 4th February 2018
Preliminary Report with statistical treatment 25th February 2019
Final Report July 2019


The sample delivery will be 250 € for EU National Reference Laboratories and EU Official Laboratories and 350 € for the rest of laboratories. Regarding payment procedures, each laboratory can specify their details and invoice requests when applying for the test.  

Please, do not pay for this EUPT until we send you the invoice.

Remember to include your Laboratory Code in the subject of the bank transfer.


BANK NAME: CAJAMAR - Caja Rural Sociedad Corporativa de Crédito

BANK ACCOUNT HOLDER: Universidad de Almeria

BANK ADDRESS: Universidad de Almeria. Spain

ACCOUNT NUMBER: ES0730580130172731005000


REFERENCE GIVEN: Invoice No. or Lab Code    






For any further question about EUPT-FV-SC02, please contact: 

Ms. Carmen Ferrer  

Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry
Ctra. de Sacramento s/n
04120 Almería
Tel. (+34) 950014102 


Best Regards,   

The EUPT-FV-SC02 Organising-Team



Published 09-11-2018, 14:10:09

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