Geel (BE) - 09/02/10 - 10/02/10
Scientific forum for the Community reference laboratories of the EU
Between 2004 and 2006, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers appointed 40 Community reference laboratories (CRL). These CRLs, together with the national reference laboratories, lead the harmonisation efforts across the EU for analytical methodology within a given field.
The CRLs cover three main areas: feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. While each topic is specific, CRLs do face a number of common issues. The scientific forum is organised by the JRC's Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements to identify and address topics of common interest, including new challenges. It will give the leaders of CRLs the opportunity to share experiences and exchange views, with each other as well as with representatives of the Commission. The expected outcome will be to identify which approaches are used, which general problems the CRLs face in the scientific part of their work, as well as priorities for the future. Particular emphasis will be placed on the organisation of proficiency tests, with examples from different types of CRLs.