What is EURL POPs?

The scope of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants in Feed and Food (EURL POPs) includes, since it was appointed to an extended scope in 2018, halogenated POPs such as PCBs, dioxins, brominated flame retardants, PFASs, chlorinated paraffins and PCNs in both feed and food. As such, it is one of 28 EURLs in the field of feed and food control appointed by the European Commission.

What is EURL POPs?
What is EURL POPs?
What is EURL POPs?

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14.12.2021

The guidance in this document is intended for laboratories involved in the official control of contaminants in food and feed and focuses on the determination of these substances in the laboratory. It is intended as general guidance for laboratories and particularly for those that do not have existing analytical methods. It provides guidance on the essential analytical parameters to be used for organobromine contaminant analysis in food and feed and contributes to further harmonization in this field as part of the EURL’s official mandate and scope of work.

14.12.2021

In the times of a variety of online platforms for managing multi-user contributions, it is important to not only have the analytical know-how but also to understand how to participate in an interlaboratory exercise. EURL POPs uses personalised contribution tokens and messaging on the EUSurvey platform for their exercises. While everyone is getting used to this platform, we have started a collection of helpful guidance for the technical aspects of our proficiency tests and interlaboratory studies, now in its second edition with more detailed explanations on editable contributions.

08.12.2021

Announcement of the EURL Proficiency Test on the Determination of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs, HBCDDs, PFASs and CPs in Pork Liver (food). This proficiency test (PT) on the determination of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs, HBCDDs, PFASs and CPs in pork liver is organized by the EURL for halogenated POPs in Feed and Food to be performed between February and April 2022. The objective is to assess analytical performance of laboratories and the inter-laboratory comparability of results from analyses of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs, HBCDDs, PFASs and CPs in one sample of pork liver.

Interlaboratory studies and proficiency tests

The EURL provides proficiency testing for its main target analytes once a year in feed and food samples for the national reference laboratories of EU member states according to Regulation (EU) 2017/625 free of charge. Other national reference laboratories, official control laboratories and commercial laboratories providing self-monitoring for food and feed producers may participate for a fee.

PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs, HBCDDs

Proficiency test on core competencies of the network

PFAS

Proficiency tests on per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances

CPs

Proficiency tests on short- and medium-chained chlorinated paraffins

PCNs

Interlaboratory studies on polychlorinated naphthalenes

BCons

Interlaboratory studies on emerging and novel brominated contaminants

Core Working Groups and cooperations

The agenda of the CWG meetings includes several aspects regarding analytical methodologies, practical issues for laboratories to set up methods, proposals for analytical criteria and European Commission requests.

CWG CPs

  • established in 2016
  • (planned) outcome: Guidance Document on the Analysis of Chlorinated Paraffins, Joint paper on analytical conundrums

CWG BCon and PCNs

  • established in 2018
  • (planned) outcome: Guidance Documents on Analytical Parameters for the Determination of Organobromine Contaminants

CWG PFAS

  • established in 2018
  • (planned) outcome: Guidance Document on Analytical Parameters for the Determination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances

closed CWGs

  • Active 2012-2019
  • Topics: measurement uncertainty, analytical criteria for bioassays, MS techniques, congener patterns of PCDD/Fs and PCBs

Cooperations

  • Current and future international cooperations,
  • Outcome: furthering the science in fields related to EURL POPs’ scope
National Reference Laboratories across the EU

National Reference Laboratories across the EU

The national authorities of each of the 27 member states of the European Union declare National Reference Laboratories working in the scope of their respective EURL. The current addresses and contact data for the NRLs for halogenated POPs in feed and food can be found here.

European Union Reference Laboratory for halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Feed and Food Contact us

The scope of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants in Feed and Food (EURL POPs) includes, since it was appointed to an extended scope in 2018, halogenated POPs such as PCBs, dioxins, brominated flame retardants, PFASs, chlorinated paraffins and PCNs in both feed and food. As such, it is one of 28 EURLs in the field of feed and food control appointed by the European Commission.