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STRD1023: Registration is now open

Following up on the positive feedback received for the first proficiency test on precision and accuracy in the analysis of standard solutions organised in 2021, the EURL Berlin is please to announce a new round of this format for October 2023. All eligible laboratories will receive the official announcement by e-mail later today. Due to the limited number of test items available, the EURL Berlin reserves the right to limit the number of participants. Please find more details on the proficiency test here.

Revised Guidance Document on Method Extension

The EURL guidance document on method extension is now available as version 2.0. A table highlighting the required samples for the reduced validation scheme in accordance with the conventional validation approach has been updated. The EURLs hope that this will facilitate the implementation of the approach and encourage the submission of additional feedback in order to improve the overall quality of the guidance documents.

Revised contaminant legislation

In a field adjacent to the control of residues of veterinary medicinal products in foods, Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/915 has been adopted recently and will enter into force from 25th May, 2023. This Commission Regulation repeals Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and deals with maximum levels of certain contaminants in food. The document may be retrieved from EUR-Lex.

Revised EURL guidance document on the quality control during routine analysis

The EURL guidance document on the quality control during routine analysis (ongoing performance verification) is now available as version 1.2. Taking into account the feedback received from the NRLs, a section on the selection of representative analytes on which to monitor the method performance has been introduced. The EURLs hope that this information will be helpful to the laboratories active in the field of the analysis of residues of veterinary medicinal products. The provision of constructive feedback for example during the EURL workshops or by e-mail is encouraged and helps to improve the practicality of the guidance documents.

ANSES EURL Workshop 2023

We are pleased to announce that the EURL workshop organised by the ANSES-Fougeres is planned for 20-22 June 2023 as an on-site event in Fougeres. We are very much looking forward to meeting everyone in person once again and hope for fruitful discussions. Information on the registration and a preliminary programme will be made available by the end of March.

New version of EURL reflection paper

The EURL Wageningen has updated their reflection paper on natural growth promoting substances in biological samples. The paper summarises information on the presence and formation of hormones and other growth promoting substances in food producing animals. Current approaches for enforcement are discussed and research needs for full implementation in residue control are identified.