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The European Union-Reference Laboratory for Heavy Metals in Feed and Food organises a proficiency test on the determination of total Cd, Pb, As and Hg as well as MeHg and inorganic As in seafood.
The main objective of this exercise is to evaluate the capabilities of nominated national reference laboratories in the determination of heavy metals in support to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006.
Only appointed national reference laboratories can participate in this exercise.
The test material to be analysed is seafood. One bottle/participant will be sent to the participants early June 2010.
The measurands are total Cd, Pb, As, Hg and MeHg according to Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006.
Participants are requested to perform two or three independent analyses using the method of their choice for the determination of total Cd, Pb, As and Hg as well as MeHg and inorganic As.