Title: Report of the interlaboratory comparison organised by the EU Reference for Laboratory Food Contact Material - ILC02 2009- Bisphenol A in 50% aqueous ethanol (milk simulant): Laboratory performance and precision criteria of a harmonised method
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC60241
ISBN: 978-92-79-17085-0
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24550 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC60241
DOI: 10.2788/28777
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) of the European Commission¿s Directorate-General Joint Research Centre hosts the Community Reference Laboratory for Food Contact Materials (EURL-FCM). One of its core tasks is to organize interlaboratory comparisons (ILCs) among appointed National Reference Laboratories (NRLs). This report presents the results of the second ILC exercise of the EURL-FCM for the year 2009, which focused on the determination of Bisphenol A (BPA) in 50% aqueous ethanol as a food simulant for milk. The general aim was to develop and perform the validation of a method for the analysis of Bisphenol A as model substance for a polycarbonate (PC), since it is a material that has typically been used as baby bottles and therefore typically in contact with mostly milk-type products. The strategy rose from the implementation of the new milk simulant 50% Ethanol (EtOH) in Commission Directive 2007/19/EC that current CEN standards for specific migration have not addressed yet. Four 50% ethanol solutions containing different concentrations of Bisphenol A were provided for analysis encompassing concentrations of relevance to exposure determination and compliance determination. The homogeneity and stability studies were performed by the EURL-FCM laboratory. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the two approaches were also written. There were 31 participants from twenty-five countries to whom samples were dispatched and 26 of which submitted results. The results of analyses were received and statistically interpreted. The assigned values were obtained as a consensus values after applying the robust statistics to the results obtained from the participants. Laboratory results were rated with z-scores in accordance with ISO 13528 [1]. Standard deviations for ILC comparison (also called target standard deviations) were set based on Horwitz equation and Horrat ratio 0.5. The results and preliminary report were discussed in the plenary of December 2009. The participation of the laboratories was regarded as satisfactory for the aim of the precision experiment with regards of the numbers of received results. As a conclusion of the precision exercise on the quantification of Bisphenol A in the new milk simulant 50% ethanol, this ILC showed that the validation of the method based on HPLC-FLD according to the description based mostly on the previous CEN standard TS 13130-13 was successful. The precision that can be suggested were of 15% reproducibility SD and 6% repeatability SD for the 0.0067 mg/kg level, 10% reproducibility SD and 4% repeatability SD for the 0.0.21 mg/kg level, 6% reproducibility SD and 2% repeatability SD for the 0.0.75 mg/kg level, 6% reproducibility SD and 0.2% repeatability SD for the 0.56 mg/kg level. With respect to the scarcity of data previously available in the validation performed as reported in the CEN standard TS 13130-13 (issued version of 2005), this validation also provides a great breadth of valuable detailed and traceable raw data, which should prove extremely relevant for the creation of an extension of the standard from CEN.
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