JRC research contributes to standardised methods

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Photo copyright: EU 2015. Analysis of PAHs
Photo copyright: EU 2015. Analysis of PAHs

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The Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) has validated methods as part of two standards to look for contaminants in food.

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) released EN 16618:2015 Food analysis - Determination of acrylamide in food by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS), and EN 16619:2015 Food analysis - Determination of benzo[a]pyrene, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene and benzo[b]fluoranthene in foodstuffs.

EN 16618:2015 will allow labs involved in the EU wide monitoring programme for acrylamide to use a method demonstrated to be fit-for-purpose.

EN 16619:2015 fulfils performance characteristics of Commission Regulation (EU) No 836/2011 and will help control labs in the EU Member States to test food for compliance with regulated limits for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Both standards are based on pre-normative research (development and optimisation of the methods and their performance testing by collaborative study) by JRC-IRMM. 

JR-IRMM said standardised methods of analysis are an important tool to ensure the quality of laboratory data across the EU and help implement relevant legislation in a harmonised way.

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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