Final Vienna MoniQA Symposium Update

MoniQA 2018

Last Chance to Register! Online registration ends 31 May 2018: Second MoniQA International Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management, 7-8 June 2018

Register now at Online registration and regular registration fees end 31 May 2018. Registrations after 31 May 2018 will be considered on-site registrations and an additional fee will be charged. Registered conference participants are also eligible to attend any one of the MoniQA task force meetings on 7 June 2018, 9:00-11:30, however, your wish to participate needs to be confirmed to moniqa [at] moniqa [dot] org.

All meetings are conveniently organized in one place:
Austria Trend Event Hotel Pyramide, Vösendorf-Vienna, Austria,


  • MoniQA Food Authenticity Task Force Meeting, 7 June 2018, 09:00-11:30
  • MoniQA Food Allergen Reference Materials Task Force Meeting, 7 June 2018, 09:00-11:30
  • 2nd International MoniQA Symposium on Food Fraud Prevention and Effective Food Allergen Management, 7 June 2018, 13:00 - 8 June 2018, 16:30


Check out the final programme at and download your personal copy of the conference leaflet at

Emerging challenges and arising questions from food industry, legal advisors and national authorities will be discussed in this highranking meeting, including the following:


  • Despite the immediate economic motivation for food fraud, what are the public health challenges faced by industrialized and developing countries?
  • Will blockchain manage to prevent food fraud? What are the immediate implications and long term prospects of blockchain in the food industry?
  • To what extent are consumers, retailers, food producers, and suppliers called for vigilance? New challenges for liability and insurance?
  • The "failure" of analytical methods – to which extend can quality claims (health benefits, free from, geographic origin, etc.) be substantiated by analytical methods?
  • Gluten and food allergen detection with consumer held devices – personalized food safety or random liability claims?
  • New food allergen risk assessment and management tools customized for food manufacturers, retailers, authorities, consumers and clinicians – online, EU-supported, free


We are proud to present the renowned speakers of the symposium:

Adrian Rogers, Senior Research Scientist, Romer Labs UK, United Kingdom
Andrew Cannavan, Laboratory Head, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations, Austria
Beatriz Torres Carrió, Senior Quality Assurance Manager, International Featured Standards (IFS), Germany
Bert Popping, Managing Director and Co-owner, FOCOS, Germany
Cesare Varallo, Vice President - Business and Regulatory Affairs EU, INSCATECH, Italy
Clare Mills, Professor of Biological Sciences, Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
David Psomiadis, Head of Laboratory, Imprint Analytics, Austria
John O’Brian, Deputy Head, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland
Karin Hoffmann-Sommergruber, Group Leader, Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research, Medical University of Vienna, Austria
Katharina Scherf, Research Group Leader, Leibniz-LSB, Technical University Munich, Germany
Linda Monaci, Lead Scientist, ISPA-CNR, Italy
Michael Walker, Chair Strategic Food Surveillance Committee NI, LGC, United Kingdom
René Crevel, Director at René Crevel Consulting Limited, United Kingdom
Richard Cantrill, President, MoniQA Association, Canada
Riëtte van Laack, Director, Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara, P.C., USA
Roland Poms, Secretary General, MoniQA Association, Austria
Ronald Niemeijer, Director Global Marketing Food & Feed Analysis, R-Biopharm, Germany
Samuel Godefroy, Professor of Food Risk Analysis and Regulatory Systems, Food Security, Laval University, Canada
Steven Gendel, Senior Science Manager – Food, United States Pharmacopeia (USP), USA
Thomas Gude, Deputy Head, SQTS, Switzerland

Agenda Food Authenticity Task Force:

  1. Welcome and introduction
  2. Food Fraud Databases: e.g. USP, EU Knowledge Center, access and further developments
  3. Blockchain and other digital platforms: how best integrate them in food fraud prevention strategies and the impact of this integration (pros and cons)
  4. Food profiling/non-targeted analysis vs targeted analysis: how to build a digital platform, harmonized entry, access?
  5. Validation needs for methods, protocol development, PTs, collaboration
  6. Collaborative project offers, ideas, suggestions, funds?
  7. News and updates from member and partner institutions, and collaborators
  8. Next steps and any other business

Agenda Food Allergen Reference Materials Task Force:

  1. Welcome and introduction
  2. Decisions and update from the AOAC Annual Meeting 2017
  3. Welcome to new authorized distributors (see also information below my signature)
  4. Gluten material characterization and production update
  5. Soy material characterization and production update
  6. Egg material characterization and production update
  7. Related initiatives and activities, EFSA and UK-FSA projects on reference materials and reference methods
  8. Results from validation studies
  9. News and updates from member and partner institutions, and collaborators
  10. Next steps and any other business

Venue and accommodation:
The task force meetings will take place in the same hotel as the main conference (about 25 min by taxi from Vienna International Airport and about 25 min by public tram to Vienna City Centre station "Oper") :
Austria Trend Eventhotel Pyramide
Parkallee 2
2334 Vösendorf

To make your hotel room reservation, please follow this link or please mention "MoniQA" and the date of the event on your booking form.

Hotel number: +43 (1) 699 00, E-Mail: eventhotel [dot] pyramide [at] austria-trend [dot] at, Room Reservations: +43 (1) 699 00-3110 Website:

We thank our sponsors for their support to make these meetings possible.

See you in Vienna!

Roland Poms and Richard Cantrill
The Conference Chairs on behalf of the Organising Committee



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