- 15 Juli 2016
Determination of mycotoxins and enniatins and beauvericin in cereal products
The European Union Reference Laboratory for Mycotoxins organises a proficiency test on the determination of regulated mycotoxins (deoxynivalenol, HT-2 toxin, T-2 toxin, aflatoxin B1, zearalenone, fumonisins B1 and B2) and emerging mycotoxins (enniatins A, A1, B, B1 and beauvericin) in cereals.
The objective of this study is to evaluate the proficiency of the European National Reference Laboratories and Official Control Laboratories in the determination of the regulated mycotoxins in cereals, as well as to assess their capability for analysing mycotoxins that might be subject to future regulation.
Only NRLs for Mycotoxins and OCLs appointed by NRLs can participate in the study.
Participation is mandatory and free of charge for NRLs for Mycotoxins.
The participation fee is 270 EUR for OCLs, which do not have NRL status.
Test material and analytes
The test materials are naturally contaminated cereal products (oat and maize) in powder form. Participants will receive 2 samples (one of each matrix) with different combinations of mycotoxins. They will be asked to report the concentrations for the relevant mycotoxins and classify the samples, whether compliant or not, according to the legislation (Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 and further amendments). The participants will be asked to report their results corrected for recoveries and accompanied by the respective measurement uncertainties.
Further details will be communicated to the participants at a later stage.
The performance of the participants will be rated by z-scores and zeta-scores.
NRLs for Mycotoxins and OCLs appointed by NRLs are welcome to participate in the study. The planned deadlines are given below.
|Reporting of results:||End of October 2016|
|Reporting to participants:||First semester of 2017|
|Sample dispatch:||Mid-September 2016|