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Date:11/10/2010

eference Methods for GMO Analysis" focuses on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) methods i.e. DNA-based detection methods.

Compliance with ISO 5725 international standard (Accuracy (trueness and precision) of measurement methods and result) and/or the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) "Protocol for the design, conduct and interpretation of method performance studies".

The 79 reference methods thus identified are described in a short executive summary which provides all essential information. For further details on some of the methods the relevant references are provided.

This user-friendly lay-out makes the Compendium a practical tool and facilitates implementation of the reference methods by GMO control laboratories.

Most of the methods have been developed by the biotechnology industry and validated by the EU-RL GMFF for their applicability according to EU legislation. They will be used by EU Member States to organise official controls on GMOs and the "Compendium of Reference Methods for GMO Analysis" will therefore contribute to the health and consumer protection of European citizens.

Inauguration of extended state-of-the-art laboratories

Over a hundred experts members of the European Network of GMO Laboratories (ENGL), international partners from GMO control labs in China, India, Japan, Jordan, Zimbabwe and Latin America and several participants from the biotech industry participated today in the inauguration of extended laboratory facilities at the JRC Ispra. Equipped with unique instrumentation the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed (EU-RL GMFF) can analyse contents of GMO in food and feed down to trace level.


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Contact: Berta Duane
berta.duane@ec.europa.eu
39-033-278-9743
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Source:Eurekalert

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