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Abstract

The International Measurement Evaluation Programme (IMEP) was established in order to shed light on the current stat of 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 the external reference values. These reference values are required to demonstrate traceability and they should have demonstrated nd adequately small uncertainty, as evaluated according to international guidelines. Hence, these reference values are completely independent form the participants� result. In IMEP participating laboratories receive a Certified Test Sample, 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 resuts.
Rice is the main foodstuff for about half of the world�s population. In order to protect public health it is essential to keep contaminants at levels, which are toxicologically acceptable. Cadmium and lead may induce dysfunctions in humans.

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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);NØRGAARD J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);DE SMET M, 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);TAYLOR P D P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20551 EN (2003), 130 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200618608 / Last updated on: 2006-07-10
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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