Laboratory managers, practitioners and ISO/IEC 17025 auditors from 24 different countries attended the course and acquired the basis to properly calibrate their PCR (polymerase chain reaction based) measurements, to estimate measurement uncertainty and establish the traceability of their measurement results through appropriate certified reference materials.
As this course strongly emphasised the practical application of theoretical concepts, each lecture was accompanied by exercises in small groups during which the concepts have been put into practice. This knowledge should improve the performance and confidence of the laboratories in their daily analysis of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and allow laboratories to correctly implement Commission Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 requiring the labelling of food and feed products containing more than 0.9 % GMO.
Also the implementation and technical requirements related to the latest Commission Regulation (EC) No 619/2011 were discussed. The legislation lays down the methods of sampling and analysis for the official control of feed as regards presence of genetically modified material for which the authorisation procedure is pending or authorisation of which has expired.