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Who does what?

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With its eight National Reference Laboratories (NRL) and one European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL), the BVL is a competent point of contact for questions of residue analysis, method development, quality assurance and antibiotic resistance as well as a service provider for official residue control laboratories. More: Who does what? …

Reference laboratories

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In order to reach uniform standards in food control throughout the EU, the reference laboratories (National and EU Reference Laboratories) collaborate with the official food control laboratories in a network. Within this network the laboratories inform and support each other. More: Reference laboratories …

National resistance monitoring

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Resistant bacteria are a threat to the health of humans and animals, since they may limit the therapeutic options available in the treatment of infectious diseases. Bacteria which are not only resistant to one antibiotic, but no longer respond to several antibiotics, are a major problem. More: National resistance monitoring …

Official Collection of Methods of Analysis

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On the basis of § 64 Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (German Food and Feed Act, LFGB), §35 vorläufiges Tabakgesetz (German Preliminary Tobacco Act, VTabakG) and §28b Gentechnikgesetz (German Act on Genetic Engineering, GenTG), the BVL publishes an Official Collection of Methods of Analysis and Sampling. The BVL also hosts the coordination office for the implementation of these laws. More: Official Collection of Methods of Analysis …

Accreditation and quality assurance

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The implementation of a (quality) management system is an approved means to render work processes transparent and reproducible, to ensure their continuous improvement and, by way of accreditation according to an internationally recognised scheme, to produce internationally accepted results. Regulation EC No 882/2004 renewed the obligation to obtain accreditation for all food control laboratories. More: Accreditation and quality assurance …

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