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European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EURL GMFF)

Training & Workshops

NRL workshops

To facilitate the exchange of information between the EURL GMFF and the NRLs operating under Regulation (EU) 2017/625 annual NRL workshops are organised. These workshops aim to provide updates on the control tasks of the NRLs, signal emergency issues, present updates on the legal framework and discuss the results of the proficiency testing rounds of the preceding year.

Date Title Place Report
29-Sep-20 NRL workshop 2020 Virtual Report
30-Sep-19 NRL workshop 2019 Ispra, IT Report
02-Oct-18 NRL workshop 2018 Ispra, IT Report
20-21 Sept 2017 NRL workshop 2017 Ispra, IT Report
21-Sep-16 NRL workshop 2016 Ispra, IT Report
22-23 Sept 2015 NRL workshop 2015 Ispra, IT Report


Training events

The EURL GMFF regularly organises training courses or training workshops for NRLs on topics proposed by the NRLs during the annual workshops. These training events aim to update the NRLs on technical advances in the analytical field or for exchanging experiences on approaches or new analytical techniques used for enforcement activities.

Date Title Place Report
12 & 19 Nov 2020 Training on the new guidance document on measurement uncertainty (MU) for GMO testing laboratories Virtual Report
12-13 Nov 2019 Training workshop on the transferability of qPCR methods into a dPCR format, aspects to be considered for accreditation and the use of conversion factors Geel, BE Report
23-25 May 2018 Training workshop on GMO screening approaches Gembloux, BE Report
29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 Hands-on training on digital PCR Ljubljana, SI Report
7-9 June 2017 Training workshop on DNA extraction from food and feed Ispra, IT Report
8-10 Dec 2015 Training workshop on digital PCR and next generation sequencing Ljubljana, SI Report
19-21 Nov 2014 Training course on digital and droplet digital PCR Ispra, IT Report


Training and workshops for Third Countries

The JRC also organises a series of international training and workshops aimed at capacity building and harmonisation of GMO detection and analysis in Third Countries. Please click here to view a summary of these activities.

Related publications

Querci, M., et al. "The analysis of food samples for the presence of Genetically Modified Organisms - User Manual." European Commission, Ispra, JRC120237, 2021.