Comparative Testing

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission was established as European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EURL GMFF) by Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003. The EURL GMFF is also mandated by Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules.

Article 32 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 tasks the EURLs with the organisation of comparative testing for National Reference Laboratories, designated by each EU Member State under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and with an appropriate follow-up. The aim of this activity is ‘to contribute to a high quality and uniformity of analytical results’.

Participation in the EURL GMFF comparative testing rounds is free of charge and open for all official control laboratories active in GMO testing, including those from non-EU countries (subject to available capacity). Interested control laboratories that are not ENGL members or ENGL associated can express their interest to participate by sending an e-mail to JRC-EURL-GMFF-CT@EC.EUROPA.EU. Preference will be given to EU-based official control laboratories.

In a comparative testing round laboratories analyse blind samples prepared by the provider using their routine methods and procedures; results are then analysed and the performance of each laboratory is compared with the mean performance of all participating laboratories. Comparative testing is therefore a useful tool for monitoring the proficiency of testing laboratories and follow-up will be organised to support the laboratories that experienced difficulties in the correct quantification of the GM events.

The EURL GMFF is supported in this activity by an Advisory Board for Comparative Testing. The results of each comparative testing round are published in a report.

The EURL GMFF is accredited under ISO/IEC 17043 as comparative testing provider.

Round Description Type Status Docs
EURL-GMFF-CT-02/17 Determination of GM soybean (40-3-2, 68416, MON89788) in chicken feed and soybean flour. Comparative Test Report in preparation  
EURL-GMFF-CT-01/17 Determination of GM soybean in soya milk and GM maize in maize flour. Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-16 Determination of GM Oilseed Rape 73496 and GT73 in Rapeseed Cake and GM Soybean MON89788 in Soybean Flour Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-16 Comparative Testing Report on the Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Mexican Tortilla and Maize Flour Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-15 Detection and quantification of GM events in instant soup and soybean flour. Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-15 Detection and quantification of GM events in rice noodles and soybean flour. Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-14 Detection and quantification of GM events in chicken feed and maize flour (40278 maize, 40-3-2 soybean) Comparative Test Completed Report

Report part II
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-14 Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Feedstuff and Soybean Powder (MON 88017 maize, NK603 maize, 40-3-2 soybean, MON 89788 soybean) Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-13 Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Rice Noodles (356043 soybean) Comparative Test Completed

Report

Corrigendum

EURL-GMFF-CT-01-13 Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Biscuit Powder (98140 maize, MON 810 maize, MON 863 maize) Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-12 Detection and Quantification of GM Events in Compound Feedstuff (40-3-2 soybean, MON 88017 maize) Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-12 Quantification of Maize Line DAS-59122-7 and Oilseed rape Line GT73 (RT73) Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-11 Detection and Quantification of Maize Events GA21, TC1507 and MIR604 Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-11 Detection and Quantification of Soybean Event 40-3-2 Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-02-10 Detection and Quantification of Maize Event MON 810 Comparative Test Completed Report
EURL-GMFF-CT-01-10 Detection and Quantification of Maize (NK603 maize) Comparative Test Completed Report



 

 

 

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