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The IMEP-118 proficiency testing (PT) exercise focuses on the analysis of total arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, tin and inorganic arsenic in canned food (peas in brine). This PT is organised in support to Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 setting maximum levels for certain contaminants in foodstuffs.
The main objective of this exercise is to assess the analytical capabilities of nominated National Reference Laboratories (NRLs), food control laboratories and other interested laboratories in the determination of heavy metals in canned food. Participation in IMEP-118 is mandatory for all NRLs having experience in this kind of analysis.
Please register using the following link:
Test materials and analytes
The test material to be analysed is canned food (peas in brine). Each participant will receive one jar of the test item. The measurands are total As, Cd, Pb, Hg, Sn and iAs in canned food.
General outline of the exercise
Participants are requested to perform one to three independent analyses using the method of their choice, and to report their measurement results together with the associated measurement uncertainty and coverage factor k. Detailed instructions will be sent together with the test item.