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Report of 3rd joint CRL/NRL Pesticide Residue Training Workshop

Background

According to Article 32 of the EU-Regulation 882/2004 the Community Reference Laboratories (CRLs) are responsible, among other tasks, for the conduction of training courses for the benefit of staff from National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) of the EU-Member States (MS).

These training courses should contribute to the betterdissemination of useful information to the NRLs as well as in fostering the creation of a strong network between NRLs and CRLs. The Participants of the training workshops are expected to disseminate the knowledge gained during the workshops to their colleagues working in other Official Laboratories (OfLs) in their countries.

The present workshop was jointly organized by the CRL for Pesticide Residues in Fruits and Vegetables (eurl-FV) and the CRL for Pesticide Residue Analysis using Single Residue Methods (CRL-SRM) and took place between the 5th and 7th of November 2008 at the facilities of the CRL-SRM near Stuttgart/Germany.

Pre-Workshop Activities

Well in advance to the training course the participants were prompted to indicate subjects they would like to have addressed at the workshop. They were also asked to prepare a short Powerpoint-presentation showing the activities of the laboratories and their expectations from the workshop.

Furthermore, a mini-survey was conducted among the participating NRLs, taking into consideration questions submitted by the participants. The results of this survey were presented at the workshop.

Finally, the participants were asked to report their current scope of routinely targeted pesticides in a specially prepared excel-sheet. The pesticide scope of each individual laboratory was then compared with a risk-based ranking list prepared by the CRLs considering various aspects (toxicology and residue relevance). During the "Check your Scope" session of the workshop, each participant was handed-out a special excel working-file showing a comparisson of the laboratory's scope with the ranking list. Aim of this exercize was to give the labs the possibility to gradually eliminate their analytical gaps in a thoughtfull and targeted fashion.

Participants

NRL-Representatives of the 12 EU-MS that entered the community in the last two enlargement rounds were invited to participate at the workshop, giving a total number of 17 persons. Additional guests were representatives of the other CRLs from Freiburg and Copenhagen and Tuija Pihlström (NFA-Sweden) as speaker and coordinator for the AQC-session.

Aims

Main aims of this workshop were:

 

Documentation

The following documents/presentation can be downloaded from CIRCA (to register in CIRCA click here):

 

Published 29-12-2008, 12:13:28

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