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European Proficiency Test FV 14





Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to participate in the European Proficiency Test in Fruits and Vegetables 14 (EUPT-FV-14), organised by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Residues of Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables on behalf of the European Commission, Health & Consumer Protection Directorate-General (DG-SANCO).

This EUPTis furthermore open for all National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and all Official Laboratories (OfLs) in the EU-candidate states and the EFTA countries.

The PT is also open for Official Laboratories in third countries (countries outside the EU) as long as test material is available and provided that DG-SANCO gives its consent.

For participating laboratories from the EU, EU-candidate states and EFTA states the participation fee will be: 175€.

For third countries the fee will be 200€.

The test material for the EUPT-FV-14 is PEAR homogenate.

The aim of this exercise is to ensure the quality, accuracy and comparability of the residue data reported by EU Member States to the European Union as well as other Member States within the framework of coordinated and national monitoring and surveillance programs.

Participation is mandatory for:

A list of the labs that, according to the information stored in our Lab-Network Database, are obliged to participate at the EUPT-FV-14 will be distributed via e-mail to all potential participants. The recipients of this list will be responsible to check whether their lab's contact data is correct. The NRLs will be responsible to check whether the list contains all laboratories officially analysing pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables in their country and report any errors to Hubert.Zipper@cvuas.bwl.de.

If participation in this EUPT is not possible, DG-SANCO expects from all laboratories listed in this list to give an explanation. This explanation can be given by e-mail to: pmedina@ual.es or omalato@ual.es

The calendar for this proficiency test is this:

Activity Date
Publishing the Target Pesticide List, Calendar and Matrix on the Web page. 30th November 2011
Receiving Application Form from invited laboratories. 15th Dec 2011 - 18th Jan 2012
Specific Protocol published on the Web site. 30th Jan 2012 at the latest
Deadline for receiving Laboratory scope: Form 0 1st-15th February 2012
Sample distribution. 20th February 2012
Deadline for receiving sample acceptance: Form 1 24th February 2012
Deadline for receiving results: Forms 2, 3 and 4 14th march 2012
Filling in Form 5 21st-28th March 2012
Preliminary Report: only results, no statistical treatment. April 2012
Final Report distributed to the Laboratories. December 2012

You can download this calendar Here: Calendar

The test materials, 300 g of pear homogenate containing pesticide residues, together with 300 g of 'blank' pear homogenate, will be shipped to participants on 20th of February 2012. If any laboratories have holidays in the week of the shipment, please inform the organiser to rearrange shipment - as soon as possible.

The participants can download the Target pesticide Listnow clicking here: Pesticide List

The laboratories have to determine the residue levels and report the concentrations for each of the pesticides that they detect (and also include the method used for each pesticide analysed but not detected to allow us to carry out a deeper analysis of the results). 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 'blank' material is intended to be used for recovery experiments for the pesticides found in the test material and, if necessary, for the preparation of matrix-matched calibration standard solutions.

For the assessment of the overall laboratory performance, the Sum of Squared of z-Score (SZ2) will be used as in the last Proficiency Test. Only laboratories that detect at least 90% of the pesticides present in the test material and report no false positives are going to be considered to demonstrate 'sufficient scope' and they will be therefore classified into Category A. Within Category A, the laboratories are going to be also sub-classified as "good", "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". All the other laboratories will be classified in Category B, because they demonstrate "insuficient scope". For laboratories in Category B, classification will also be conducted. This information will be available in the General Protocol.

Please note that in some cases the documents or the dates could change, new versions updated. In this case, it will be published in our webpage and additionally an e-mail will be sent to the participants for notification. But please, check periodically our website in case the email does not get through to you.

Payment Account Details:



- EUPT-FV14 - Calendar
- EUPT-FV14 - Target Pesticide List
- EUPT-FV14 - General Protocol and Specific Protocol




For any further question about EUPT-FV-14, please contact with:

Ms. Paula Medina

Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry
Ctra. de San Urbano s/n
04120 Almería
Tel. (+34) 950014102 (+34) 950014102
Email: pmedina@ual.es

Mr. Octavio Malato

Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry
Ctra. de San Urbano s/n
04120 Almería
Tel. (+34) 950214423 (+34) 950015531
Email: omalato@ual.es

Best Regards,

The EUPT-FV Organizing-Team



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Published 20-04-2012, 13:06:06


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