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Participation of a part of the INRSP in AFRA Regional training on the development and validation of analytical methods and statistical applications Cotonou (Benin) from 19 to 23 September 2016

As part of capacity building of INRSP staff a person of INRSP participated in AFRA Regional training (African Regional Agreement) on the development and validation of analytical methods and statistical applications, organized in Cotonou (Benin) from 19th to 23rd September 2016.

This course comes within the framework activities of the project RAF 5078 entitled: The establishment of a food saftey network by the application of nuclear and related technologies, Phase II, set up by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The official opening ceremony was chaired by the Minister of Benin Agriculture and Fisheries in the presence of the Director of the Central Laboratory for the Safety of Food Control (LCSSA) Mr Chabi Sika Kizito, Director of the course, participants from 23 countries and experts Ms Njeri Rosemray Nganga and Mr. Mathew M. Nindi mandated by the IAEA to conduct this course.

During the five days of training participants were built on:

-       Requirements of ISO / IEC 17025, clause 5.4.5

-       Validation of the method meets the standards (eg ISO 17025 / IEC: 2005),

-       including the basic statistical purposes

-       QuEChERS:
A powerful approach to sample preparation for pesticides and other analytes in a variety of matrices.

-       Mass Spectrometry.

The participants carried out practical work in the laboratory by applying the method to extract QuEChERS pesticide residues in tomatoes and salad using Q-Sep produced by RESTEK kits, purification using dSPE kits that are  ready tubes to use PSA containers + MgSO4 and activated carbon.

By following the extracted products are placed in vials injected into GC-MS and the results were used for statistical calculations necessary for the validation of the method.
The closing ceremony of this training workshop was noticed by the presentation of certificates and CD for course participants.

The missions of the Central Laboratory for the Safety of Food Control (LCSSA) of Benin resemble INRSP, the possibility of collaboration between INRSP and LCSSA was also discussed.