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EUPT FV 18

Preliminary Results (click to download)

Preliminary Results Voluntary Pesticides (click to download)

FINAL REPORT (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD)

EUPT-FV-18 Methods (Click to Download)

Overview 

 

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to participate in the European Proficiency Test in Fruits and Vegetables 18 (EUPT-FV-18), organised by the European Union Reference Laboratory for Residues of Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetables on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General of Health and Food Safety (DG-SANTE).
This EUPT is open for all National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and all Official Laboratories (OfLs) of the EU, and furthermore it is also open for the NRLs and OfLs of 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-SANTE gives its consent.
The test item for the EUPT-FV-18 will be SPINACH homogenate containing incurred pesticides (or spiked in those cases were commercial formulations are not available).
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: 

All the potential labs that according to the information stored in our Lab-Network Database are obliged to participate at the EUPT-FV-18 will be contacted and invited via e-mail. If participation in this EUPT is not possible, DG-SANTE expects from all the obliged laboratories to give an explanation. This explanation can be given by e-mail to: cferrer@ual.es or amadeo@ual.es
The test materials, 200 g of spinach homogenate containing incurred pesticide residues (or spiked in those cases were commercial formulations are not available), together with 200 g of 'blank' spinach homogenate, will be shipped to participants on 8th February 2016. If any laboratories have holidays in the week of the shipment, please inform the organiser to rearrange shipment - as soon as possible.
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 year there will be a pesticide target list of mandatory compounds and a “voluntary target list” containing pesticides which might be present in the test item. Those voluntary pesticides will not be used for the evaluation of the laboratories into Category A or B, and a separate statistical evaluation will be made for them.
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.
The assigned value will be estimated using the robust mean, as described in ISO 13528:2009-01.
For the assessment of the overall laboratory performance, the Average of the Squared z-Score (AZ2) will be used as in the last Proficiency Test, but only for those laboratories in Category A, which will be those laboratories that are able to analyse at least 90% of the pesticides in the target list, that are able to detect at least 90% of the pesticides present in the test material and that report no false positives 
neither false negatives. Within Category A, the laboratories will be sub-classified as "good", "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory". All the other laboratories will be classified in Category B. 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.

The sample delivery will be 200 euros for EU-NRLs, 230 euros for EU/EFTA official laboratories and 250 euros for official laboratories from other countries. 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.

Account details:
BANK NAME: CAJAMAR - Caja Rural Sociedad Corporativa de Crédito
BANK ACCOUNT HOLDER: Universidad de Almeria
BANK ADDRESS: Office Number 990. Universidad de Almeria. Spain
ACCOUNT NUMBER: ES0730580130172731005000
SWIFT: CCRIES2A
REFERENCE GIVEN: INVOICE NUMBER

 

If any laboratories have holidays in the week of the shipment, please inform the organiser to rearrange shipment - as soon as possible.  

EUPT-FV18 CALENDAR

Activity

Date

Publishing the Calendar and Matrix on the Web page.

9th November 2015

Receiving Application Form from invited laboratories.

1st December-11th January 2016

Specific Protocol published on the Web site.

 25th January 2016 at the latest

Deadline for receiving Laboratory scope: Form 0

25th January - 5th February 2016

Sample distribution.

8th February 2016

Deadline for receiving sample acceptance: Form 1

12th February 2016

Deadline for receiving results: Forms 2, 3 and 4

1st March 2016

Filling in Form 5

7th-11th March 2016

Preliminary Report: only results, no statistical treatment.

Last week of March 2016

Final Report distributed to the Laboratories.

December 2016

 If any laboratories have holidays in the week of the shipment, please inform the organiser to rearrange shipment as soon as possible.

 

For any further question about EUPT-FV-18, please contact:

 

Ms. Carmen Ferrer

Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry
UNIVERSITY OF ALMERÍA
Ctra. de San Urbano s/n
04120 Almería
Tel. 
(+34) 950014102

Email: 
cferrer@ual.es  

 

Mr. Amadeo R. Fernández-Alba

Department of Hydrogeology and Analytical Chemistry
UNIVERSITY OF ALMERÍA
Ctra. de San Urbano s/n
04120 Almería
Tel. (+34) 950015034 

Email: 
amadeo@ual.es

Best Regards,

 

The EUPT-FV Organising-Team

 

Published 09-11-2015, 15:35:31

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