European Analytical Criteria: Past, Present and Future

L. Vanhaecke, P. Gowik, B. Le Bizec, L.A. van Ginkel, E. Bichon, M.H. Blokland, H.F. de Brabander

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    In this paper, the past, present, and (possible) future of the European analytical criteria for residues are described. The elaboration of the revision of Commission Decision 93/256/EC was a long process starting in 1996 and ending with the formation of a European Commission (EC) working group in 1998. This working group took account of developments in scientific and technical knowledge at that time and produced a draft version of the revision within 6 months. The revision, finally published in 2002 (2002/657/EC), includes new ideas on the identification of analytes and the criteria for performance assessment as well as validation procedures. Currently (2009), the evolution in analytical equipment and progress in scientific research, accompanied by recent European regulatory changes, demands an update or revision of the 2002/657/EC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)360-372
    JournalJournal of AOAC International
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • ratio mass-spectrometry
    • carbon-isotope analysis
    • performance liquid-chromatography
    • meat-producing animals
    • veterinary drugs
    • urinary steroids
    • residue analysis
    • bovine urine
    • cattle urine
    • lc-ms


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