Food analysis using Isotopic Techniques – Proficiency Testing Scheme
Proficiency Testing provides an objective means of assessing and documenting the reliability of the data produced by a laboratory, demonstrating competence to the customers and to the accreditation bodies.
A specific scheme dedicated to the isotopic analysis of food was implemented by Eurofins Scientific in 1994, and has continued within the framework of a European research program (1996-1998) called "Food analysis using Isotopic Techniques" (FIT). Since 1999, this Proficiency Testing Scheme (now called FIT-PTS) was expanded to all laboratories around the world performing stable isotope measurements on food.
This scheme is recognised by accreditation bodies as a valid proficiency testing scheme and includes more than 50 laboratories worldwide.
Organisation and data evaluation
The FIT-PTS complies with the ISO / IUPAC / AOAC International Harmonised Protocol for Proficiency Testing of analytical laboratories.
The scheme is organised as follows:
The data are evaluated by a scientific committee of experts in the field of food analysis proficiency testing:
- Dr Claude Guillou (JRC Ispra, EU)
- Dr Eric Jamin (Eurofins Analytics France)
- Dr Carsten Fauhl-Hassek (BfR, Germany)
- Dr. Andrew Damant (FSA, UK)
For further information and details for participation in the proficiency testing schemes, please contact: FreddyThomas@eurofins.com .