Animal products for human consumption are tightly legislated and closely monitored for compliance. Veterinary medicines used in animals are likely to have a pharmacological effect in humans. Hence, for many veterinary medicines, there are extremely low maximum residue limits or even no MRL (i.e. any detection is non-compliant). The Fapas proficiency test materials are produced in keeping with EU MRLs or minimum required performance limit (MRPL) where MRLs are not set. The result reporting requirements are also in keeping with quality control guidelines laid out in EC/657/2002. Fapas veterinary medicine proficiency test materials include incurred residues as well as fortified animal products. The proficiency tests are grouped in analytical chemical class/matrix combinations and combine identification and quantification. The proficiency tests are suitable for all methods, including screening methods (for the detection of total amount of that chemical class).
Quinolones make up a group of antibiotic medications used within farming practices. Within poor farming practices the levels of this foodstuff can be at unsafe levels, where their consumption in humans can cause similar effects to fish. As such, being able to pinpoint and detect when these are found in high levels in fish muscle is key to providing safe foodstuffs fit for consumption.
Fapas proficiency tests allow you to evaluate your testing ability, and can highlight areas of improvement from which you can improve and maintain your testing capabilities across a range of specific analytes.
This proficiency test specifically looks at individual quinolones and fluoroquinolones but includes 'total quinolones' for the benefit of participants using ELISA test kits.