Meeting of laboratories managers 2016
Last Tuesday, more than 60 responsible employees of laboratories active in the QS scheme accept the invitation to come to Berlin for the annually meeting of laboratory managers residue monitoring. The meeting is traditionally held on the opening day of the Fruit Logistica. Participants from Germany and abroad received comprehensive information about changes within the QS scheme and about the residue monitoring of fruit, vegetables and potatoes
As guest speaker of the event, Dr. Britta Michalski from the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR) reported about the evaluation of health risks of plant protection product residues in food. This primarily involved health risk assessment against different consumption models (VELS/EFSA PRIMo) and the assessment of samples with multiple residues. In addition to the results of the QS laboratory performance assessments, Dr. Gustav Offenbächer, scientific advisor for residue analysis and quality assurance, spoke about the requirements for reporting analytical results in test reports. For the first time, the information were examined within the scope of the laboratory performance assessment 2015 and has shown considerable differences in reporting. Furthermore the expert gave analytical assistance to the deviations of the laboratory performance assessments.
Overall, participants and lecturers were very satisfied with the meeting. Discussions and informal talks at the event were perceived by the participants as a good opportunity for professional exchange with colleagues and speakers.