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Workshop "Reference Materials And Method Validation In Food Safety Assurance", 17 - 21 June 2013, BOKU, Vienna, Austria

NOTE: The lecture has been postponed! The special workshop on 19 June 2013 takes place with a changed agenda.

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA Association will lecture on "Reference Materials and Method Validation in Food Safety Assurance" at BOKU - University of Life Sciences and Natural Resources, Vienna, Austria. Apart from enrolled MSc and PhD students, ICC and MoniQA members have access to a maximum of 10 places. If interested, please register by email to office [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at. The lectures, excursions and workshop activities are on 5 afternoons 17-21 June 2013, 13:00-17:00. Invited speakers from international standardisation organisations will enrich the workshop programme and give a global perspective and the value of international standards.

The aim of the workshop on "Reference materials and method validation in food safety assurance" is to describe the issues and challenges involved in the international comparability and validity of analytical results in the assurance of food safety and quality. On the basis of practical examples the focus will be on current hot topics, such as mycotoxins, food allergens, pathogenic micro-organisms, GMOs, etc., the analytical possibilities (including rapid methods), and the corresponding EU regulations. Additionally, an overview of international standardization bodies and examples of international validation studies will be given.

Meet ICC and MoniQA at the EuroFoodChem XVII, 7-10 May 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

As official conference supporters, ICC and MoniQA would like to invite you to the 17th edition of the EuroFoodChem, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, 7-10 May 2013, organised and chaired by the ICC National Delegate of Turkey and coopted MoniQA Supervisory Board Member, Prof. Hamit Köksel from Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. The location has been chosen to reflect the role of Istanbul as a meeting point for East and West as the crossroads of different continents and cultures.

EuroFoodChem XVII is the latest in the series of flagship conferences organised by the Food Chemistry Division of EuCheMS and the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences.

The EuroFoodChem XVII Local Organising Committee is delighted to announce that there has been an overwhelming response to the conference with over 800 abstracts received from more than 80 countries.

Details including specific topics of the conference are available at

MoniQA Association facilitated participation of external experts in technical meeting on strategies to resolve aflatoxin problems in the Balkan region (4th/5th April 2013)

A Regional Expert Advisory Working Group Meeting was held in Jahorina, Bosnia on: Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Control related to Aflatoxins in South Eastern Europe, 4th/5th April 2013.

The meeting was called upon by the Ministers of Agriculture of the Balkan region, which was recently affected by aflatoxins in maize and milk. The aflatoxin issue had also spread to West European trading partners. The meeting was organised by the South Eastern Europe Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group based in Skopje, Macedonia. Approximately 30 participants from Balkan countries attended the meeting. Two external experts, Frans Verstraete (European Commission, DG-SANCO, Brussels, Belgium) and Hans van Egmond (RIKILT Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands) were found to be available to attend the meeting, after an urgent call from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations through the Network of the MoniQA Association. The meeting resulted in recommendations that were immediately presented to the joint ministers to enable management decisions and adequate measures to resolve the aflatoxin problems in the Balkan region. The day after the meeting these recommendations were ratified at the political level.

The case shows how the MoniQA Association can successfully provide expertise from its members at short notice, in case of emerging food and feed safety issues.

A big Thank You to the two experts!

Registration for 2nd FOODSEG symposium openend

The 2nd FOODSEG Symposium will be held in Bucharest, Romania from 14th to 15th of June 2013.

For further information please visit

The ISM - MycoRed International Conference “Global Mycotoxin Reduction Strategies” will be held in Apulia, Italy, from 27 to 31 May, 2013 at Park Hotel S. Michele, Martina Franca

The Conference is organized by MycoRed Consortium, coordinated by CNR ISPA - Institute of Sciences of Food Production of National Research Council, with the support of the ISM - International Society for Mycotoxicology, concluding an international cycle of successful conferences held in Austria, Malaysia, South Africa, Argentina and Canada in the past four years.

The conference is expected to be the largest meeting of researchers on mycotoxins globally in 2013! This appointment will be an opportunity to discuss on mycotoxins concerns and present the recent advances by research at global level, according to the attached preliminary programme.


  • Final Registration: April 15, 2013
  • Final Programme: April 30, 2013
  • Hotel Reservation: April 30, 2013

Extension of early bird registration for the EuroFoodChem XVII (4 - 10 May 2013, Istanbul) EXCLUSIVELY for MoniQA Association Members

The early bird registration for the EuroFoodChem XVII ( is over. Exclusively for MoniQA Association Members, the deadline for this registration at the reduced fee will be extended to end of next week (7th April 2013)! Additionally accommodation at the University guest house can be offered at lower rates. The number of available rooms is limited.

For registration, please get in contact with Ms Aysun Sahin (Arber): project [at] arber [dot] com [dot] tr

Mycotoxin Summer Academy 2013

The Mycotoxin Summer Academy (MSA) from 1 - 12 July 2013 offered two subsequent one-week training courses. The first week provided an overview on the significance and properties of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi including their determination and characterization. The second week was dedicated to various aspects of liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LC-MS) especially for multi-analyte approaches to determine mycotoxins.

The 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 01 March 2013 - a great success!

Some 200 participants from some 40 countries attended the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary. The main focus of the conference was "Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises".

Emerging issues and the various aspects of the interrelation between food safety, food security, economy development and globalization were presented and discussed in some 80 oral presentations in 20 technical sessions and close to 80 posters. The 6 keynote speakers at the start and at the end of the conference embedded the conference topics in both a global picture of the current situation as well as gave an expert glimpse into the future. We were proud to have had the following keynote speakers with us:

Pre-Conference Workshops at the 4th MoniQA International Conference

Make sure to use this unique opportunity and register for any of the exciting
pre-conference workshops on
Tuesday 26 February 2013 during your stay in Budapest!

01: Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda
In this MoniQA and ICC organized workshop representatives from National contact Points (NCPs), Technology platform (Food for Life) and Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will present ways of actively contributing to the H2020 European food safety research agenda and participants get the chance to present their cases and questions, share ideas with the experts and create the basis for their future involvement. Find more details under

02: Quality Assurance aspects of mycotoxin testing
The organisers of this workshop, Trilogy Analytical Laboratory, introduced a proficiency testing scheme using reference materials 'Double Check' which is an excellent tool in the quality assurance process of mycotoxin analysis. In this workshop the use of this proficiency testing will be demonstrated. See for more.

Wageningen Academic Publishers acquires 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods'

14 December 2012, Wageningen

Wageningen Academic Publishers is pleased to announce the collaboration with ICC and MoniQA for publishing 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)'. This international journal was previously published by Wiley Blackwell. The journal will be published by Wageningen Academic Publishers starting in 2013 with Volume 5. The journal transfer will ensure further growth and continued delivery of high-quality content.

Mike Jacobs, Managing Director at Wageningen Academic Publishers, said, "We are delighted to add 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods' to our portfolio. It ties in nicely with the food and feed titles that we have published for years. It is our aim to use our experience in this topic and our personal approach to re-launch the journal. Together with our motivated editors we look forward to expanding the journal's reach and readership."

In the new setting Dr. Roland Poms (ICC) and Stanley Cauvain (BakeTran, UK), are the editors-in-chief. Both editors were already involved with 'Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods' before the transition.

ICC represented at III International Conference "Grain Industry in the 21st Century", 20-22 November 2012, Moscow, Russia

Roland Poms, Secretary General of ICC and MoniQA, represented MoniQA and ICC at the Third International Conference "Grain Industry in the 21stCentury" in Moscow, Russia, 20-22 November 2012 organised by the Russian Grain Union together with the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, International Industrial Academy, International Grains Council, Grain and Feed Trade Association. The meeting attracted more than 200 representatives from 23 countries including Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, USA, UK, Argentina, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, and others. Roland Poms gave a presentation of ICC’s activities and its long standing link with Russia in the opening session of the conference, and a MoniQA endorsed speech on International Monitoring and Control Systems for Cereal and Food Safety and Quality during a technical session. A joint table top exhibition on behalf of ICC, MoniQA and Health Grain Forum provided up-to-date information on international developments in various grain and cereal products relevant areas. Additionally, Roland Poms was involved in various discussions about extending the membership base in Russia. To view the entire report and some pictures, please go to

MoniQA facilitates project proposal involvement

MoniQA is a broad and diverse network of partner organisations working in the area of food safety and quality management, method development and validation. One of MoniQA's services to its members and with this also one of the great advantages of being part of such a network is to facilitate participation at national and international research undertakings. Since its launch in September 2011, MoniQA has involved some 20 members in several research projects and/or proposals.

Currently MoniQA and its partners are involved in the preparation of 6 new projects.

GF13 - the 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages

Register now for the 3rd International Symposium on Gluten-Free Cereal Products and Beverages to be held in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013, at

An exciting conference programme has been developed and is available online at The following keynote lectures and technical sessions are included in the programme:

MoniQA to lead discussions on requirements for future Reference Materials for Food Allergen and Gluten-Free Analysis

Invited representatives from Standardisation Organisations around the globe will kick-off the discussion on priorities and main requirements for design, production and validation of Reference Materials for food allergen and gluten-free analysis. This first meeting is hosted by Trilogy Laboratories/R-Biopharm, one of MoniQA's members in Washington, Missouri, USA. The meeting's aim is to draft a first list of priority materials and to identify key points to be included in a potential future guidance document for the production of such materials. MoniQA will invite to a follow-up meeting to an extended discussion forum for MoniQA members and representatives of other invited research institutions/method providers/and regulatory agents in connection with the Gluten-Free Symposium in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013.

CONffIDENCE Final Stakeholder Workshop in Brussels

The CONffIDENCE Project invites the MoniQA colleagues to the final stakeholder workshop of CONFFIDENCE ( that will take place in Brussels on 18 December 2012. For further information please click here:

First European Cold Chain Database has been released

The objective of the EU supported research project FRISBEE (Food Refrigeration Innovations for Safety, consumers’ Benefit, Environmental impact and Energy optimization along the cold chain in Europe) is to provide new tools, concepts and solutions for improving refrigeration technologies along the European food cold chain. At all stages the needs of consumer and European industry will be considered. Among the tasks of the project is to develop new innovative mathematical modeling tools that combine food quality and safety together with energy, environmental and economic aspects to predict and control food quality and safety in the cold chain.

In order to gain a greater insight into deviations between real cold chain data and targeted specifications, a web based platform for building a comprehensive Cold Chain database has been set up:

From your published work and research activities or your company's activities you have been identified as a potential contributor. As a contributor, you will have privileged access to the Cold Chain Database (by login and password) and the access to the database will be secured.

Your input will be valuable in updating and extending the already released First European Cold Chain Database which is serving as a valuable tool to people and organizations that like you have contributed and are involved in the Cold Chain as researchers or industrial players.

QAS: Impact Factor on the Rise!

Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (QAS)

In 2011, the fourth year of publication, the impact factor of QAS – the International Journal of Quality assurance and Safety of Crops and Foods has reached 0.624. It has grown from 0.444 from its first rating within one year.

QAS would like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to our contributors and reviewers, it is with their help we have grown the journal in status and scientific quality. This includes an increase to 0.624 in our impact factor in 2011 with an IF ranking of 90 out of 128, considering our relatively junior status in the field of scientific journal publishing is a good start. “I hope that QAS and the material that you have provided have contributed in some small way to providing the ideas that we need to the challenges that we face in the food industry” , Stanley Cauvain, QAS Co-Editor in Chief, Managing Director and Founder of BakeTran, United Kingdom.

In early 2011 QAS – the International Journal of Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods (the official Journal of ICC and MoniQA), was selected for coverage in Thomson Reuters products and services. Since then the journal has been indexed and abstracted in the Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch), the Journal Citation Reports (Science Edition) and Current Contents®. Coverage started with volume 1 (2009).

QAS Paper selected to be published in a special eNewsletter featuring Wiley-Blackwell published papers

Selected Wiley-Blackwell published papers including one paper QAS paper (“Short Communication: Some key emerging food safety issues”; Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 141-148) will be highlighted in a special eNewsletter. By this, QAS will benefit from increased readership.

New MoniQA 2012 Annual Report now available

The new MoniQA Annual Report 2012 is now available as pdf document for downloading. It highlights the achievements of the FP7 funded Network of Excellence from 2007 till 2012 and some of the new activities of the MoniQA Association established in 2011. Please find the link for downloading the report below in high and low resolution.

3 day seminar on „Successful Planning and Implementation of FP7 Projects”, 23rd-25th October 2012, Brussels with a special rate for MoniQA Association members.

RTD Services in collaboration with EuroFIR organises a 3 day workshop-style seminar 'Successful planning and implementation of FP7 projects', which offers a training opportunity for researchers and research managers. The seminar combines theory, case studies and group work to provide both the “big picture” view and practical hands-on planning and implementation for FP7.The project development course will have a special focus on preparation for the upcoming and final KBBE deadline!

This seminar provides three compact, single day courses:

  • Project Development – from the call analysis through to full proposal preparation
  • Consortium Management – the specifics of managing an FP project
  • Dissemination and Exploitation – communicating science and managing IP 

Each one-day course can be booked individually with reduced rates for 2 and 3 day bookings. There is also a special rate for EuroFIR AISBL and MoniQA Association members.

For further information click here.

For registration, please contact Mrs Menouch Solimani at EuroFIR AISBL (secretariat [at] eurofir [dot] org).

Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda

“An interactive workshop on how to contribute to the European Food Research Agenda for Horizon 2020 and beyond - via KICs, the European Technology Platform (Food for Life) and the NCPs” 26th February 2013

During a half day workshop representatives from National Contact Points (NCPs), Technology Platform (Food for Life) and Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) will present ways of actively contributing to the H2020 European Food Safety Research Agenda at different levels. In interactive sessions, participants get the chance to present their cases, share ideas with the experts and create the basis for their future involvement.

A detailed programme of this pre-conference workshop will be available soon.

This event is linked to the 4th MoniQA International Conference “Food Safety under Global Pressure of Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises" In Budapest 26th February – 1st March 2013. The workshop will be held on the 26th of February, 09:00-12:00. The registration fee for this session is included in the registration fee for the main conference. Without main conference participation, a one-day-ticket must be purchased.

For the registration, please go to

The session is organised by MoniQA and ICC and will be chaired by Rainer Svacinka, MSc. rainer [dot] svacinka [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at

Workshop on “Rapid Methods for the Microbiological Analysis of Food” in Plovdiv, successfully held in September 2012

The Workshop on “Rapid Methods for the Microbiological Analysis of Food” (in Bulgarian) organised by the University of Food Technology and MoniQA was successfully held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from 19-21 September 2012. A mix of presenters from Universities, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and 8 different companies (such as Merck, Biosystems Ltd and Diamed Ltd) trained around 40 participants for 3 days. The feedback from the participants was enthusiastic and highlights the potential for further MoniQA trainings.

“Thank you” to the successful organisers at the University of Food Technology.

ICC, MoniQA and HEALTHGRAIN at the AACC International Annual Meeting 2012, Hollywood, Florida, USA, 30 September - 03 October 2012

ICC, MoniQA and HealthGrain Forum were presented at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2012 in Hollywood, Florida, USA, 30 September - 3 October 2012, in a joint exhibition table top, in the poster session, and in oral presentations during the ICC Luncheon 2012. Roland Poms from ICC arranged for the dissemination activities and represented the three associations at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2012. The conference and exhibition counted some 1100 delegates and some 50 old and new friends of ICC enjoyed the traditional ICC Luncheon and an update on ICC activities.

ICC is looking forward to the next ICC Luncheon at the AACCI Annual Meeting 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 29 September - 2 October 2013.

Further info:

ICC and MoniQA at the latest PWG (Prolamin Working Group) meeting in Leuven, Belgium

ICC and MoniQA were represented by Roland Poms at the latest meeting of the PWG (prolamin working group) in Leuven, Belgium, 20-22 September 2012, where new clinical research results were presented and food analytical challenges were discussed. Collaboration between the PWG, ICC and MoniQA was reaffirmed especially related to the design and potential production of a new reference material and in organising technical sessions at upcoming conferences, such as the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February – 1 March 2013 and the 3rd International Gluten Free Conference in Vienna, Austria, 12-14 June 2013.

MoniQA was represented at the “11th Food Chemistry Meeting (11EQA)”, Bragança, Portugal, 16-19 September 2012

Roland Poms represented MoniQA at the “11th Food Chemistry Meeting (11EQA)” in Portugal with a keynote speech on “International surveillance system for food safety”. Around 200 participants attended the event.

For further information on the event please go to

Workshop on Rapid Methods for the Microbiological Analysis of Food in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 19-21 September 2012

The training is organised by University of Food Technology and MoniQA. It will take place at the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv and will be held in Bulgarian language.

ICC, MoniQA and HEALTHGRAIN at the AACC International Annual Meeting 2012, Holywood, USA, 30 September - 03 October 2012

ICC together with MoniQA and HEALTHGRAIN Forum will be present at the "AACC International Annual Meeting 2012" with a shared table top.

Further info:

MoniQA will be present at the 11th Food Chemistry Meeting (11EQA), Bragança, Portugal, 16-19 September 2012

Roland Poms, Secretary General of MoniQA and ICC, is holding a lecture on “Safety, Traceability and Authenticity”. For the detailed scientific programme and further information please go to:

Members Only Webpage: MoniQA Privileged Information

New! For MoniQA Members only we compiled important documents under Privileged Information at Currently this page contains the most recent discussion paper on EC KBBE Calls of Theme 2, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnologies , which is planned to be published in early summer 2012, a collection of free protocols and guidelines for method validation, MoniQA Career Centre - Jobs, Mobility and Exchange Grants, PhD Positions, Travel Bursaries, and past MoniQA Alerts. We appreciate your input, if you have information that you would like to share or if you are looking for relevant information that might be of interest to the network. Contact: roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at.

4th MoniQA International Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013

4th MoniQA International Conference, 26 February - 1 March 2013
Novotel Budapest Congress, Alkotas Utca 63-67, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

Food Safety under Global Pressure by Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises

Please register now at

Get a glimpse at the outstanding conference programme at

The following keynote speakers will contribute to the highly relevant conference themes:

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