Work Group: Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins
Leader: Hans van Egmond (RIVM)
Co-Leader: Michele Solfrizzo (CNR-ISPA), Anton Alldrick (CCFRA)
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites of filamentous fungi whilst phycotoxins are toxins produced by algae – both may contaminate foods.
MoniQA will provide guidelines for the evaluation of analytical methods, with particular reference to rapid test kits, suitable for mycotoxins and phycotoxins. The guidelines will address:
1. The Stakeholder Environment including general legislative considerations, the law concerning mycotoxins and phycotoxins specifically, and consequences for stakeholders
2. Sampling in the context of the stakeholder, sample collection and sample handling in the laboratory
3. Method performance including parameters for method validation and parameters required by accreditation bodies as well as measurement uncertainty