5th Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshop: "Choosing The Right Laboratories For Official Control"

Event type(s): 
  • Association events
  • Trainings
Date and Location
4 March 2012
Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel
Árpád fejedelem útja 94
1036 Budapest
 HU (Hungary)

Update 14 March 2012:

On behalf of the organising committee, IAM and MoniQA, I would like to thank you for your participation at the latest edition of the Joint IAM/MoniQA Workshops in Budapest prior to the CCMAS Meetings. We can look back at another successful meeting with interesting presentations and your active involvement in the discussions. I hope you enjoyed the workshop as much as we the speakers and organizers did. We had over 60 participants.

A special thank you goes to the organizing committee and to the sponsors of the event: AOCS, ICC, MoniQA and NMKL! We hope to extend the sponsoring family next year. 

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We would like to stay in touch with you and we appreciate your feedback and any ideas and suggestions of topics for the next workshop of its kind in 2013.

Stay connected........and join us!

      ....from Rome, Italy, 2008

           ....to Krakow, Poland, 2010

                ....to Varna, Bulgaria, 2011

                     ....to Budapest, Hungary, 2013

4th MoniQA International Conference
Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013
(just prior to Inter-Agency-Meeting and Codex Alimentarius CCMAS 2013!)

"Food Safety: driven by Globalisation, Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises"

Continuing the successful series of MoniQA International Conferences, which are typically in the size of around 200-300 participants from regulatory, industry, research and technology, method providers, media and consumer associations, the 4th MoniQA International Conference will be taking place in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013, conveniently scheduled just prior to the IAM and CCMAS meetings. Please mark your calendar for this important event NOW!

I hope to see you there.

Dr. Roland Ernest Poms 



Following on from the successful series of Workshops held immediately prior to the recent Sessions of CCMAS the IAM/MoniQA Workshop organisers were asked by delegates to further develop a number of issues of concern.  In particular they were asked to consider whether it would be appropriate to develop a Workshop to discuss “choosing the right laboratories for official control”.  This has become particularly important given the increasing tendency for “commercial” laboratories to be used for such work in a number of countries.

This Workshop will therefore:

  • Review and explain the Codex quality requirements for laboratories currently involved in import/export work
  • Review and explain the quality standards for official control laboratories currently required by different governments/governmental organisations
  • Experiences when official control laboratories have had to be selected,
  • Tendering considerations
  • Conflict of interest considerations

1)    Welcome by IAM and MoniQA Association, Richard Cantrill (AOCS, USA) on behalf of IAM and Roland Poms (ICC, Austria) on behalf of MoniQA
2)    Introduction to the topic, Roger Wood (UK)
3)    Choosing the right laboratory for official control by Stanley Bacler (Health Canada)
4)    Food Safety Modernization Act – an FDS perspective, Gregory Noonan (FDA, USA)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

5)    EFSA data collections on chemicals in food and feed, Valeriu Curtui (EFSA, EU)
6)    Nordic guidelines for requirement specifications for food analysis - checklist for considerations in connection with tendering procedures, Astrid Nordbotten (Norwegian Food Control Authority, Norway)
7)    Panel discussion, Roger Wood (UK)

Time: 4 March 2012, 13:30-17:30


Ramada Plaza Budapest Hotel

            Árpád fejedelem útja 94.
            H-1036 Budapest
            Tel.: (36-1) 436-4100
            Fax : (36-1) 436-4156
            E-mail: info [at] ramadaplazabudapest [dot] com
            Web: www.ramadaplazabudapest.hu


  •  Budapest Ferihegy Airport (BUD): 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the destination which takes approximate 30 minutes by car. The hotel provides transport to or from the airport in charge of fee. For further information, please contact us at  info [at] ramadaplazabudapest [dot] com. There is an airport minibus service (www.airportshuttle.hu) to any address in Budapest.  
  • With public transportation: take the bus nr93 or nr200E to Kőbánya-Kispest (metro line 3). Take the metro till Árpád Bridge station than take the tram nr1 direction to Buda till the other side of the bridge (Szt. Lélek tér).
  • Driving directions: From the airport head for Ulloi Street, go to Hungária Boulevard and then Károly Boulevard, then across the Árpád Bridge and the hotel is on the left hand side. Budapest has an inexpensive and efficient public transport system with easy links between the metro, HEV trains, buses, trams and trolleybuses. Tickets can be bought from metro stations, kiosks and newsstands.


  • Free: IAM members, CCMAS delegates, MoniQA Association members (one delegate per organization, any additional delegate at a reduced price: 150.- Euro)
  • Regular: 290.- Euro


Due to the end of the EU funding the organizers welcome sponsoring of the event (coffee breaks, venue, etc…), this is an exclusive offer to the members of IAM and MoniQA association. Sponsoring includes mentioning as such and starts as low as 200.- Euro.


MoniQA Association, c/o ICC Headquarters
Marxergasse 2
1030 Vienna
Tel: +43 1 70772020; Fax: +43 70772040; email: roland [dot] poms [at] icc [dot] or [dot] at

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