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MICROVAL (EV998) - FT0404

The EUREKA project MiCROVAL has as it's objective the establishment of a European mechanism for the validation and approval of alternative methods for the microbiological analysis of food and drink. In Europe at present, there is no formal scheme available for agreement among suppliers of test materials, the food industry and standards institutes that there is a great need for a mechanism to validate novel methods, particularly those concerning the detection, quantifiction and/or identification of pathogenic or spoilage organisms. The MICROVAL project therefore includes aspects of importance to food safety and food quality.
1) To establish a European mechanism for the validation and approval of novel methods for the microbiological analysis of food and drinks. Ultimately the result of the project should be that in the future it is possible to submit a novel method for the determination of micro-organisms in food and drinks to a recognised, qualified European institution, body or authority that will arrange for a validation and approval procedure. Over the past 2 years Caampden has taken an active role in the development of a method validation system (European Microbiological Method Assessment Scheme-EMMAS). The proposed EMMAS haas been deveoped as a practoical validation system, giving food industry users important information concerning method performance laboratory practicality and costs. The inclusion of EMMAS representatives in the MICROVAL project will allow the ideas developed by the former group to be included in the latter system, thus aiding the development of MICROVAL.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1995

To: 1997

Cost: £82,911
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Campden Technology Ltd
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain