This project focuses on the retention and expansion of knowledge acquired during the Statutory Research Tasks projects carried out from 2004 to the present. Analyses are not an end for the client, but rather a means of achieving the final objective. This project contributes to the retention and expansion of theoretical and practical expertise relating to veterinary drugs and growth-promoting agents, whereby the improvement of the efficiency of the processes within the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority's Food and Product Safety Laboratory and the RIKILT Institute for Food Safety also has a role.
• The retention and upgrading of expertise, focused on improvements in performance and efficiency, the ability to accommodate new obligations imposed by the regulations and joint validation and implementation.
• The enhancement of the cooperation between the RIKILT Institute for Food Safety and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority in the performance of official analyses and analyses within the scope of investigations and during crises, whereby the two laboratories will make more frequent use of the same analytical methods and cooperate in the joint validation of those methods.
The following sub-projects can be distinguished within this project:
1. Subjects arising from the current activities being carried out within the ‘Method adjustment and retention of chemical, histological and bioassay methods expertise’ (WOT-02-003-005), ‘Validation and accreditation for analytical methods for veterinary drugs and growth promoting agents’ (WOT-02-003-006) and ‘Efficiency improvements and standardisation of sample preparation: broad instrumental qTOF analysis group A and B substances’ (WOT-02-003-012) projects.
2. Subjects focused on the retention of expertise and accreditation.
3. Subjects focused on the upgrading of expertise.
Within the scope of this project our knowledge will also be retained and expanded by visiting conferences and workshops, etc., in the field of analyses to detect veterinary drugs and growth promoting agents and, in a general sense, by studying current articles in trade journals. This will also result in the exchange of knowledge between the RIKILT Institute for Food Safety and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. In addition, on the request of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority we will also provide support for the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority's range of instruments.
The results from the research will be published in reports (which where relevant will be confidential) and communicated in presentations, publications and/or specifications of analytical methods that can then be employed for the analysis of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority's samples.