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Food and Feed Safety (31-08-2007)

Training for south-east Asian laboratory analysts on food testing methods

A European Commission training workshop on the detection of heavy metals in foodstuffs will take place at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Reference Laboratory (ARL) at Nonthaburi, , on 3-7 September. The workshop is aimed at ASEAN member state laboratory staff and is part of Health and Consumer Protection DG's 'Better Training for Safer Food' initiative.

 Around twenty analysts participate in the workshop, mainly from National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) of ASEAN member states as well as other laboratories. The training aims to help ASEAN countries to improve the scientific competence of official testing services. It should enable laboratory analysts to strengthen their technical capacities and disseminate new working methods at national level.

 A large part of the workshop is dedicated to practical sessions on a range of methods of analysis and detection. Presentations will be given on the first and final days of the workshop. These will cover issues including: EU-regulations, validation requirements for analysis methods, quality control, data handling and measurement uncertainty.

 For more information on the 'Better Training for Safer Food' programme on the application of food testing for ASEAN laboratory staff please visit: