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Abstract

Veterinary drugs are used to treat animal diseases or as prophylactic agents. However, they can also be abused, either applying them in a wrong way (e.g. too short withdrawal period) or in a non-authorised manner, e.g. as growth promoters. This constitutes a potential hazard for the consumer. European legislation addresses these issues, for instance by defining maximum residue levels, stipulating sampling and monitoring plans, and by defining procedures regarding the performance and validation of analytical methods. Suitable analytical procedures are required for accurate testing of animal derived food-stuffs. Certified reference materials (CRMs) represent an important tool for method validation and method performance verification. The present report highlights the current situation as regards main substance classes of veterinary drugs and their potential hazards, the legislative framework, the stat-of-the-art in analytical methods for veterinary drug residue analysis, and the impact of and challenges towards the development of new (certified) reference materials in this field.

Additional information

Authors: ZELENY R, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);ULBERTH F, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);EMONS H, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, Geel (BE);GOWIK P, EU Reference Laboratory for Residues of Veterinary Drugs, Federal Institute for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Berlin (DE);POLZER J, EU Reference Laboratory for Residues of Veterinary Drugs, Federal Institute for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL), Berlin (DE);VAN GINKEL L A, EU Community Reference Laboratory for hormonal anabolic compounds, sedatives and mycotoxins, Laboratory for Food and Residue Analyses, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 22109 EN (2006), 39 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
ISBN: ISBN: 92-79-01629-6
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