Title: Assessment of Commutability for Candidate Certified Reference Material ERM-BB130 "Chloramphenicol in Pork"
Citation: ANALYTICAL AND BIOANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY vol. 398 no. 3 p. 1457-1465
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC60798
ISSN: 1618-2642
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC60798
DOI: 10.1007/s00216-010-4022-z
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Chloramphenicol (CAP), an effective antibiotic against many microorganisms, is meanwhile banned in the EU for treatment of food-producing animals due to adverse health effects. The Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is currently developing a certified reference material (CRM) for CAP in pork, intended for validation and method performance verifications of analytical methods. The material will be certified using liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and gas chromatography - mass spectrometry (GC-MS) methods and has a target CAP level around the minimum required performance limit (MRPL) of 0,3 µg/kg. To prove that the material can be applied as a quality control tool for screening methods, a commutability study was conducted, involving five commercially available ELISA kits and one biosensor assay (BiaCore kit). Meat homogenates (cryo-milled wet tissue) with CAP concentrations around the MRPL and the candidate CRM (lyophilised powder) were measured by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS as well as the 6 screening methods. Pair wise method comparisons of results obtained for the two sample types showed that the CRM can successfully be applied as quality control (QC) samples to all 6 screening methods. The study suggests that ERM-BB130 is sufficiently commutable with the investigated assays, and that laboratories applying one of the investigated kits therefore benefit from using ERM-BB130 to demonstrate the correctness of their results. However, differences among the assays were observed, either in the abundance of bias between screening and confirmatory LC and GC methods, the repeatability of test results, or goodness-of-fit between methods.
JRC Directorate:Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

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