Title: A review of the work of the EU Reference Laboratory supporting the authorisation process of feed additives in the EU
Authors: VON HOLST ChristophROBOUCH PiotrBELLORINI StefanoGONZALEZ DE LA HUEBRA Maria JoseEZERSKIS Zigmas
Citation: FOOD ADDITIVES AND CONTAMINANTS PART A-CHEMISTRY ANALYSIS CONTROL EXPOSURE& RISK ASSESSMENT vol. 33 no. 1 p. 66-77
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC97424
ISSN: 1944-0049
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC97424
DOI: 10.1080/19440049.2015.1116127
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This paper describes the operation of the European Union Reference Laboratory for Feed Additives (EURL) and its role in the authorisation procedure of feed additives in the European Union. Feed additives are authorised according to Regulation (EC) No. 1831/2003, which introduced a completely revised authorisation procedure and also established the EURL. The regulations authorising feed additives contain conditions of use such as legal limits of the feed additives, which require the availability of a suitable method of analysis for official control purposes under real world conditions. It is the task of the EURL to evaluate the suitability of analytical methods as proposed by the industry for this purpose. Moreover, the paper shows that one of the major challenges is the huge variety of the methodology applied in feed additive analysis, thus requiring expertise in quite different analytical areas. In order to cope with this challenge, the EURL is supported by a network of national reference laboratories (NRLs) and only the merged knowledge of all NRLs allows for a scientifically sound assessment of the analytical methods.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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