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Workshop on Rules for Microbiological Sampling and Testing

April 19th - 19th

Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

Location: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Backweston Campus, Young’s Cross, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

This FREE workshop is targeted at commercial laboratories which offer microbiological testing services to food business operators (FBOs) for compliance with the microbiological criteria specified in Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 and to FBOs’ own in-house laboratories.  

The workshop is also relevant to public laboratories and although very focused on laboratory procedures, will also be of interest to inspectors who perform official controls to ensure that the relevant requirements of the Regulation are fulfilled by FBOs.
The workshop will focus on Article 5 of the Regulation on ‘Specific rules for testing and sampling’, with a particular emphasis on:

(i) Sampling procedures:

FBOs may use other sampling procedures to those required by Annex I of the Regulation (e.g. procedures involving pooling or compositing of samples) only if they can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the competent authority that these procedures provide at least equivalent guarantees. The workshop will address the key factors to be considered when pooling/ compositing samples, as defined by ISO 6887, so that this practice does not impact on the sensitivity of the analytical method.

(ii) Alternative analytical methods:

For each microbiological criterion, the Regulation indicates the reference analytic methods to be used. The Regulation allows for alternative methods (e.g. proprietary/rapid methods) to be used provided it can be demonstrated that the performance of the alternative method is at least as good as the reference method. The workshop will go through the procedures for the validation of alternative methods against the corresponding reference method and their verification as set out in ISO 16140. The primary goals of the workshop are to inform participants of the requirements for the use of alternative sampling and testing procedures, and to raise awareness among commercial laboratories on laboratory procedures and practices that can impact on their customers’ compliance with the Regulation.

On conclusion of the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to discuss their own unique challenges via an open-floor Q & A session.


This event is now fully booked.  Please email if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.  Thank you.

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