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Abstract

The International Measurement Evaluation Programme (IMEP) was established in order to shed light on the current state of the practice in chemical amount measurements. IMEP runs in support of EU policies (e.g. Consumer Protection and Public Health, Single Market, Environment, Research and Technology, External Trade and Economic Policy). The aim of this interlaboratory comparison programme was to picture objectively the degree of equivalence and the quality of chemical measurements by comparing participant�s measurement results with external reference values, completely independent from the participants� result. These reference values are required to demonstrate traceability and they should have a demonstrated and adequately small uncertainty, as evaluated according to international guidelines. In IMEP participating laboratories receive a Certified Test Sample (with undisclosed concentration values), which they can analyse using their routine analytical procedures. Participants in IMEP can compare, on an international forum, their values to the IMEP-reference values and in this way assess the quality of their results. The European Commission has identified food safety as one of its top priorities. The White Paper on Food Safety of January 12, 2000 sets out the plans for a proactive new food policy. Measurements of contaminants in foodstuff play a key role in modernising legislation into a coherent and transparent set of rules. Mercury is a potential environmental toxicant. The main source of human intake of mercury contaminants originates from methylmercury in fish and fishery products. Hg and Pb may induce dysfunctions in humans. Very recently another EC Regulation (466/2001) was introduced that endorses officially the threshold value of 1mg.Hg.Kg-1 and 0.2 mg.Pb.Kg-1 in tuna fish. Certain forms of cancer and cardiovascular diseases have also been associated with Se deficiency. Se is also counted among the most important elements in terms of food-chain contamination

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Authors: AREGBE Y, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);HARPER C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);VERBIST I, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);VAN NEVEL L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);SMEYERS P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);QUETEL C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);TAYLOR P D P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21018 EN (2004), 57 pp. Free of charge
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Record Number: 200417573 / Last updated on: 2004-06-22
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
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