Laboratory training "Analysis of pesticide residues in plant based food and animal feed”

17.09.2018 - 21.09.2018

What does AGES „Lab Training on the Analysis of Pesticide Residues in Plant Based Food and Animal Feed” offer?

(17.09. - 21.09.2018 or/and 24. - 28.09.2018)

These five-day modules are held at AGES National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Pesticide Residues at the Institute for Food Safety in Innsbruck. The training focuses on the analysis of pesticide residues from sample receipt to reporting in a comprehensive and practical way. The lab training will detail the legal principles and quality-relevant parameters in an accredited lab, in addition to theoretical knowledge and analytical know-how.

Each participant will carry out all relevant procedures on real samples under professional supervision in a laboratory for routine analysis.

Using pesticide multi-methods (LC-MS/MS, GC-MS/MS) the various modules focus on the analysis of different matrices. The Basic Module will detail the fundamentals of pesticide analysis and its attendance is compulsory for possible Add-On modules which focus on the extraction, analytics (incl. accompanying quality assurance) and evaluation of results of more complex matrices.


Basic Module:

Simple, plant-based food and animal feeds (fruit and vegetables with medium to high water content; cereals, dried fruit, single feedstuffs …) will be examined in the Basic Module. This module focuses on relevant quality assurance parameters, legal framework, and theoretical background besides the practical analysis of different minor complex samples of plant origin.

Add-On Module 1:

In Add-On Module 1 more complex plant-based matrices such as tea, herbs and spices, fatty food (oilseeds) and feedstuffs are being examined. Special modifications in sample purification and extraction are necessary to properly examine these matrices and will be presented in this training course.

Add-On Module 2:

Examination of animal based foodstuff (milk and dairy products, honey, eggs, meat and fish …) will be presented in Add-On Module 2. In this module a special, modular sample preparation procedure which has been successfully developed by the NRL for complex matrices will be presented.

Optional Add-On Module:

A tailored Add-On Module can be offered upon request. Hence, certain topics of the lab training can be advanced or even special methodology (e.g. single residue methods) will be presented in a 5-day training session especially targeted for your needs.


Lab training target group:

Users (analysts, heads of laboratories …) from the field of food and animal feed analysis with knowledge in analytical chemistry and in instrumental analysis.



Please register until 3rd September 2018 the latest by using the "registration form" button (creates email to organisers).
*Five-day standard course with max. four participants*
Contact for event:
AGES-Academy Course Management:
DI Dagmar VOCK
Telefon: +43 50 555-25201
Fax: +43 50 555-25209
Location: National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Pesticide Residues
AGES Institute for Food Safety Innsbruck
Technikerstrasse 70
A-6020 Innsbruck
Category: Laboratory training

Entry: 11.600 EUR (+20% VAT)

Contents of Lab-training “Pesticide Analysis”

Analytical Subjects (Basic & Add-On Modules):

  • Intensive hands-on training in routine analysis in line with standard procedure EN 15662 QuEChERS – multi method using LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS in plant-based food 
  • Instrumental analysis to determine pesticide residues using state-of-the-art techniques (liquid and gas chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry)

    • Equipment:
      UPLC Waters Acquity System & LC-MS/MS API 4000 QTRAP, SCIEX
      Software: Multiquant/Analyst , SCIEX                    
      GC-MS/MS (QQQ), 7010er Serie, AGILENT  
      Software: MassHunter, AGILENT

  • Production of reference standard solutions, (mixed) working solutions, calibration solutions, stability and degradation of active substances
  • Quality assurance in routine analysis of an accredited laboratory
  • Practically relevant hints and tips for routine analyses (issues and trouble-shooting)

    QM Issues, Legal Matters (Emphasis in Basic Module):

  • Quality management aspects in line with international standard EN ISO/IEC 17025 (accredited test labs)
  • Analytical quality control and validation in pesticide analysis (according to guideline SANTE/11945/2015, as amended): LOQ, linearity, recovery, repeatability, reproducibility, matrix effects, accuracy and precision, measurement uncertainty …
  • EURL/NRL/OFL-network, suitability and proficiency tests
  • Relevant EU legal matters (Regulation 396/2005 – standardized  maximum levels, Directive 63/2002 – sampling, …)
  • Monitoring activities (national and EU-wide monitoring program, incl. work documents, residue control plan for animal-based foods, animal feed monitoring)

    General Subjects (Emphasis in Basic Module):

  • Lab tour and exemplary work flow of pesticide analysis in a quality-assured/accredited laboratory (sample reception and management, registering samples using a database system – LIMS, raw data and traceability, reporting, ...)
  • Tasks and responsibilities of a National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for pesticide residues within the EU


Dr. Hermann UNTERLUGGAUER (Head of the Department for Pesticide and Food Analysis)
Ing. Karolina LICHTMANNEGGER (Deputy Head of the Department for Pesticide and Food Analysis, Expert GC Analysis)
Roman FISCHER (Expert LC Analysis)
Martina HUPFAUF (Lab Manager)
Clemens JAITNER, PhD (Scientific Expert, LC Analysis)