Veterinary Medicines

According to EU regulations our food may not contain the remnants of veterinary medicines. These regulations are rigorously enforced. RIKILT is a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for residues of veterinary medicines.

RIKILT is a NRL for animal drugs which promote animal health, such as:
  • antibiotics
  • anthelmintics
  • coccidiostatics
  • substances like acetylsalicylic acid and ibuprofen (also referred to as NSAIDs).

Non-registered antibiotics

RIKILT is also a NRL for non-registered antibiotics such as nitrofuranes, malachite green and chlooramfenicol. Products like meat, milk and eggs are all tested for the presence of animal drugs.

A full overview of these substances (and substance groups) can be found in Directive 96/23/EC.

Regular proficiency tests

This NRL regularely organises proficiency tests in which interested laboratories can participate.