EURL / GM Food and Feed

European Union Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed

Type of the activity: European Union Reference Laboratory

EURL-OGM

Background

The Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 nominates the Joint Research Centre as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for GM Food and Feed. It is established at the JRC Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) and – more precisely – at the Biotechnology and GMOs Unit. It works in collaboration with a European Network of National Control Laboratories, assembled in the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL).
The European Union Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed operates according to a quality management system fulfilling the requirements of standard ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025:2005.

Project description

Objectives: to facilitate the implementation of European legislation related to monitoring of genetically modified food and feed.

Description of the tasks

The main tasks of the EURL for GM food and feed are as follows:

  1. The European Union Reference Laboratory referred to in Article 32 is the Commission’s Joint Research Centre.
  2. For the tasks outlined in this Annex, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre shall be assisted by a consortium of national reference laboratories, which will be referred to as the « European Network of GMO laboratories ».
  3. The European Union Reference Laboratory shall be responsible, in particular, for:
    – reception, preparation, storage, maintenance and distribution to national reference laboratories of the appropriate positive and negative control samples,
    – testing and validation of the method for detection, including sampling and identification of the transformation event and, where applicable, for the detection and identification of the transformation event in the food or feed,
    – evaluating the data provided by the applicant for authorisation for placing the food or feed on the market, for the purpose of testing and validation of the method for sampling and detection,
    – submitting full evaluation reports to the Authority.
  4. The European Union Reference Laboratory shall play a role in dispute settlements between Member States concerning the results of the tasks outlined in this Annex.

 

Project team

Operating manager

Guy Van den Eede
European Union Reference Laboratory for GM Food and Feed
European Commission – Joint Research Centre
Biotechnology and GMOs Unit
I-21020 Ispra, Italy
Tel.:
Fax: +39 0332 78 54 83
Email : JRC-BGMO@cec.eu.int

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