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Scientific forum for the Community reference laboratories of the European Union

Geel, Belgium
February 9-10, 2010


Between 2004 and 2006 the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) appointed 40 Community reference laboratories (CRL). These CRLs, together with the national reference laboratories, lead the harmonisation efforts across the EU for analytical methodology within a given field. The CRLs cover three main areas: feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules. While each topic is specific, CRLs do face a number of common issues.

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The scientific forum is being arranged by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to identify and address topics of common interest, including new challenges. It will give the leaders of CRLs the opportunity to share experiences and exchange views, with each other as well as with representatives of the Commission. The expected outcome will be to identify which approaches are used, which general problems the CRLs face in the scientific part of their work, as well as priorities for the future. Particular emphasis will be placed on the organisation of proficiency tests, with examples from different types of CRLs.

Confirmed speakers include P. Gowik (CRL for residues of veterinary medicines); V. Baeten (CRL for animal proteins in feedingstuffs); A. Fernandez-Alba (CRL for pesticides in fruits and vegetables); F. Aarestrup (CRL for antimicrobial resistance) and K. Mooijman (CRL for salmonella).

The forum’s structure will consist of presentations as well as group discussions. The official language of the forum will be English. A summary report will be distributed to the participants after the forum.

The scientific forum will be held in conjunction with a brief administrative session organised by DG SANCO on 10 February 2010.


Invitations will be sent out during the autumn of 2009. Registration will be via the JRC Events Registration (registration opens 27 November 2009). There is no participation fee.

Forum Structure

9 February 2010

  • 12:00 – 14:00 Registration and lunch

  • 14:00 – 15:30 1st Session

  • 15:30 - 15:45 Coffee break

  • 15:45 –17:30 2nd Session

  • 19:00 Dinner

10 February 2010

  • 08:30 – 10:00 3rd Session

  • 10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

  • 10:30 –12:00 4th Session

  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

  • 13:00 -15:00 Discussion and Conclusion

  • 15:00 – 15:30 Update from DG SANCO

To make the best use of the time during the scientific forum, a questionnaire will be sent out to the participants, to be returned before the event.

The detailed agenda providing the exact titles of the presentations will be sent out in advance of the scientific forum

When and Where

Joint Research Centre

Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements

Retieseweg 111

B-2440 Geel – Belgium

9-10 February 2010

Accommodation and travel

It has been arranged with DG SANCO that travel (economy class flight or equivalent), hotel costs and meals may be claimed within the individual CRLs’ mission budget. The JRC-IRMM will reserve a number of hotel rooms. IRMM will arrange transfer between the airport, the institute, and the hotel.

Further details will be announced on this web site.

Latest update 3 September, 2004

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