The aim of the Department of Pesticide Residue Research (Laboratory) is to conduct scientific research on the residues of plant protection products in agricultural crops, unprocessed and processed food of plant origin, soils and waters, and mycotoxins in cereals. Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for pesticide residues in feeding stuff and organic produce.
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Laboratory has the most modern equipment such as gas and liquid chromatographs with tandem quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS) and gas chromatographs with ECD and NPD.
Official control of residues of plant protection products is carried within agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and in co-operation with the Plant Health and Seed Inspection responsible for supervision of plant protection products use.
The tasks and responsibilities of the NRL are laid out in Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004. Laboratory duties include: collaborating with the EURLs for pesticide residues, coordinating the activities of Veterinary Inspection Laboratories responsible for feeding stuff monitoring, organising comparative tests and providing scientific and technical assistance to the competent authorities.
Laboratory is accredited under the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard by PCA. Laboratory has participated systematically in the international proficiency tests arranged by the European Commission and FAPAS, always with satisfactory results.
Laboratory offers testing of pesticide residue in unprocessed and processed food of plant origin as well as in soils and waters.