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Compendium of pesticide residues analytical methods - PR1143

MAFF funds the development of analytical methods employed by laboratories which contribute data to the Pesticides Safety Directorate / Working Party on Pesticides Residues monitoring programmes. Such methods include multi-residue methods and those which are specific for a single compound or for a small, defined number of compounds. Although an increasing number of such methods are being published in the scientific literature, this proposal seeks to assemble a compendium of methods currently in use for pesticide residue monitoring covering the commodity/crop sectors (fruit & vegetables, cereals, animal products, fish and fish products). The compendium will be based upon methods employed by the principal contributing laboratory, the Central Science Laboratory, MAFF, but reference will be made to methods used in other contributing laboratories, as appropriate and available.The objective of the proposal is to bring together methods in an easily accessible form which can be referred to by other laboratories, policy departments and anyone else with an interest in generating or interpreting pesticide residues data. The project proposal consists of two phases; (1) the production of an outline of the basic structure of the compendium with an initial consideration of electronic presentation, to include a consideration of content, layout, cross-referencing, interrogation and document format, and (2) the compilation of a small database and trial publication based on one multi-residue method and limited associated validation data. Customer requirements will be reviewed regularly throughout phases 1 and 2.It is proposed that the compendium take the form of an Internet publication. Such a form will minimise publication costs and permit regular, cost-effective updates to cover new and emerging methodologies. Electronic publication will also provide a means of maximising the dissemination of methods and promoting harmonisation between laboratories. The availability of common, reference methods will also encourage laboratories outside the official monitoring programme (e.g. industry laboratories) to use the methods and to supply data to the regulator in which the latter can have more confidence.
1. To produce a pilot compendium of pesticide residue analytical methods in an easily accessible form by bringing together current, validated methods in a common format and publishing these on the Internet.
2. To plan the input of remaining methods and maintenance / update of the database
Project Documents
• Final Report : Compendium of pesticide residues analytical methods   (35k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2001

Cost: £37,510
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Pest and Weed Control              
Pesticide use              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety