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Arsenic species in rice: Call for analytical laboratories


The European Commission's JRC-IRMM is planning a certification campaign for total arsenic and arsenic species in rice. For this reason IRMM is looking for labs which can quantify total arsenic, arsenite/arsenate (sum) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) in rice using techniques other than ICP-MS or LC/ICP-MS for arsenic speciation analysis. The concentration ranges are as followed:

  1. Total arsenic (50-500 ng/g)
  2. Arsenite and arsenate (sum; 50-300 ng/g)
  3. DMA (50-300 ng/g)

In order to ensure high quality data validated methods, a quality system and/or accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 is mandatory.

If you are interested please contact:

Dr. Jens Boertz
European Commission - Joint Research Centre
Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM)
Reference Materials Unit
Retieseweg 111
B-2440 Geel (Belgium)
Phone: +32-(0)14-57 3005
E-mail: jens.boertz@ec.europa.eu

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