AFBI's Chemical and Immunodiagnostic Sciences Branch
All the work carried out at CISB focuses on ensuring food safety. We do so in many different ways. One of them is our statutory work, i.e. the work required by national and European legislation.
This includes the establishment and surveillance of the National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) through meat inspection and the veterinary service. Different testing schemes have been drawn up over and above the NRCP. Most of CSB’s regular statutory work is done for the following partners:
- The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
- The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
As a centre of excellence, CISB performs a wide range of screening and confirmatory analyses. To guarantee the high quality of our work, all the test methods we use are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Besides that, our confirmatory section also has a flexible accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025:2017, allowing us to validate new methods quickly and thus to react to new and changing demands without any delay.
CISB is specialised in residue drug testing and in the testing of marine biotoxins in shellfish, and in these capacities also has the status of UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL for residue testing, NRL for Marine Biotoxins).
Relevant European Union Legislation
- COUNCIL DIRECTIVE 96/22/EC of 29 April 1996 concerning the prohibition on the use in stockfarming of certain substances having a hormonal or thyrostatic action and of beta-agonists.
- COMMISSION DECISION 97/747/EC of 27 October 1997 fixing the levels and frequencies of sampling provided for by Council Directive 96/23/EC for the monitoring of certain substances and residues thereof in certain animal products; this Decision also deals with minor species.
- COMMISSION DECISION 98/179/EC of 23 February 1998 laying down detailed rules on official sampling for the monitoring of certain substances and residues thereof in live animals and animal products.
- COMMISSION DECISION 2002/657/EC of 14 August 2002 implementing Council Directive 96/23/EC concerning the performance of analytical methods and the interpretation of results.
- REGULATION (EC) No 470/2009 of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT and of the COUNCIL of 6 May 2009 laying down Community procedures for the establishment of residue limits of pharmacologically active substances in foodstuffs of animal origin; this regulation lays down the establishment of maximum residue limits (MRL).
- COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 37/2010 of 22 December 2009 on pharmacologically active substances and their classification regarding maximum residue limits in foodstuffs of animal origin; this Regulation provides a list of MRLs for many substances and species.
- COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/625 of 15 March 2017 on official controls and other official activities performed to ensure the application of food and feed law, rules on animal health and welfare, plant health and plant protection products; this regulation lays out specific rules on official controls and the action to be taken by the competent authorities in relation to the residues of relevant substances in food and feed. It lays out requirements for a multi-annual national control plan (MANCP), and the designation and responsibilities of National Reference and official laboratories.
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