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11.05.2022

This document on analytical parameters for the determination of selected per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food and feed was developed within the network of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for halogenated POPs in Feed and Food, the respective National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) of EU member states and international experts in the field of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) analysis.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 an existing method. It provides useful key elements in a set of analytical parameters contributing to further harmonization in the field of PFAS analysis in food and feed as part of the EURL’s official mandate and scope of work.

26.04.2022

This interlaboratory study (ILS) on the determination of several brominated contaminants (BCons), polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs) and chlorinated paraffins (CPs) in fish oil is organized by the EURL for halogenated POPs in Feed and Food to be performed between May and September 2022 (first deadline) or March 2023 (second deadline). The objective is to characterize a quality control material for method development purpose and quality control during routine analysis. Therefore up to five sets of results for all analyte groups can be reported until each deadline using the same or different methods. In addition, the focus is on the assessment of intra- and interlaboratory comparability of results from PBDEs, HBCDDs, TBBPA, eBFRs, PBDD/Fs, PXDD/Fs, PCNs and CPs in two fish oil samples.

20.04.2022

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.

05.04.2022

This proficiency test (PT) on the determination of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs and HBCDDs in dried citrus pulp was organized by the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Feed and Food to be performed between September and November 2021. The objective was to assess analytical performance of laboratories and the interlaboratory comparability of results from analyses of PCDD/Fs, PCBs, PBDEs and HBCDDs in one sample of dried citrus pulp.

05.11.2021

ECHA has recently issued a public call for comments and evidence on MCCPs for a proposed ban of this substance class. The EURL POPs CWG CP has answered based on their work on the CP guidance document and their experience with interlaboratory exercises including MCCPs.

20.09.2021

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.

14.02.2018

Given the growing importance of chlorinated persistent contaminants other than PCBs and dioxins, of brominated persistent contaminants and of fluorinated persistent contaminants for the safety of feed and food, the scope of the EU reference laboratory (EURL) for dioxins and PCBs in feed and food was extended to all halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in feed and food. Therefore the EU reference laboratory for dioxins and PCBs in feed and food was renamed in EU reference laboratory for halogenated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in feed and food to reflect this extension of scope (Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/192). The tasks of EURLs are defined by Regulation (EU) 2017/625 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

03.05.2017

This document on measurement uncertainty was developed within the network of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Dioxins and PCBs in Feed and Food and the respective National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) of member states. Detailed guidance is given on the evaluation of measurement uncertainty in the quantitative analysis of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), to assist laboratories performing official feed and food control within the European Union, especially National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) and Official Laboratories (OFLs). It provides useful key elements contributing to further harmonization of compliance assessment and outlines practical aspects related to measurement uncertainty estimation.

03.08.2016

The European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (EURL PAH), the EURL for Heavy Metals in Feed and Food (EURL HM), the EURL for Mycotoxins (EURL Mycotoxins), and EURL for Dioxins and PCBs in Feed and Food aim to provide with this document guidance to official food control in the EU on the estimation of the limit of quantification of analytical methods for the determination of individual substances in the field of contaminants in feed and food. The document focusses on estimation of the limit of detection (LOD) and/or limit of quantification (LOQ) of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), heavy metals, mycotoxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PCDD/Fs).

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EURL POPs provides several documents as scientific output of its work as free downloads. Forwarding and reproduction of these documents is permitted as entire document, not excerpts. Instructions and/or reports of proficiency tests and interlaboratory studies may be restricted to the participants of these exercises; respective passwords will be provided along with the individual laboratory code.

Guidance on Analytical Parameters for the Determination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) - Annex May 2022
Guidance on Analytical Parameters for the Determination of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) May 2022
Announcement - Interlaboratory Study on the Determination of Brominated Contaminants, PCNs and CPs in Fish Oil April 2022
Guidance Document on the Determination of Organobromine Contaminants April 2022
Guidance Document on the Determination of Organobromine Contaminants Annex A April 2022
EURL PT Dried Citrus Pulp 2021 Report PBDEs and HBCDDs April 2022
EURL PT Dried Citrus Pulp 2021 Report PCDD-F and PCB April 2022
EURL PT CP 2103-IF final report March 2022
Technical Guidance for PTs v1.1 September 2021
EURL PT Baby Food 2021 Report PBDE HBCDD August 2021
EURL PT Baby Food 2021 Report PCDD-F and PCB July 2021
Guidance Document on CP analysis v1.9 June 2021
EURL PT 2003-FF Report PBDE and HBCDD March 2021
EURL PT 2003-FF Report PCDD-F and PCB March 2021
EURL PT DP 2002-MF Report Bioassay March 2021
EURL PT POP 2001-FI Report CP eBFR November 2020
EURL PT POP 2001-FI Report PCDD-F and PCB November 2020
EURL PT POP 2001-FI Report PFAS September 2020
EURL PT POP 2001-FI Report PBDE HBCDD September 2020
Guidance Document Estimation of LOD/LOQ August 2017
Guidance Document Measurement Uncertainty - PCDD/Fs and PCBs May 2017
EURL Recommendation for extraction procedures December 2007