Rapid Methods Europe

Advisory Committee

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12.00 - 13.00 Round I
17.00 - 18.00 Round II

Workshop 1: Rapid tests for vitamin detection
Sponsored and presented by R-Biopharm AG.

R-Biopharm offers a wide range of analytical test kits for food and feed analysis and clinical diagnostics.

An increasing number of food products is enriched with vitamins. The vitamin content is monitored by manufacturers and control authorities to check compliance with labelling regulation. The gold standard in vitamin analytic was and is still the microbiological method. R-Biopharm presents a system of water soluble B-vitamin determination which is rapid, easy-to-use and based on AOAC, EN and DIN reference methods. The VitaFast® test kits are ideal for routine analysis since the reagents contained in the kit are ready to use and the kit is very user-friendly. We further present you the EASI-EXTRACT® Vitamin B12 immunoaffinity column, which allows the determination of both natural vitamin B12 and added cyanocobalamin in food.

Part I: Presentation of analytical methods of vitamin determination

  • Introduction and comparison with microbiological methods
  • Sample preparation and advantages of the VitaFast®  products

Part II: Practical demonstration

  • Demonstration of VitaFast® Vitamin tests and the EASI-EXTRACT® Vitamin B12 immunoaffinity columns

Workshop 2: Rapid test production techniques
Sponsored and presented by Biodot Ltd.

Biodot is the established world leader in the supply of equipment for the development and manufacture of rapid tests and biosensors.

Part I: Short presentation

  • Presentation of dispensing platforms with details of the different dispenser options along with their dispensing  characteristics
  • Lamination of the test components and cutting of laminate into sticks
  • An overall view of lateral flow test production and at which stage Biodot equipment is used

Part II: Equipment demonstration

  • Equipment demonstration, dispensing, lamination and cutting
    (bring your own reagents and materials for a quick and dirty trial)

Workshop 3: MicroVal validation and certification of rapid methods
Presented by MicroVal Secretariat.

MicroVal's organisation of validation and certification is based on an independent European structure consisting of: (i) an impartial European Board of Experts: MicroVal General Committee with all stakeholders represented, their primary focus being the development and maintenance of the MicroVal validation and certification system; (ii) MicroVal Certification Body group, open for participation by EU certification bodies; (iii) a neutral MicroVal Secretariat managed by a Standardization Institute not involved in certification activities; and (iv) European network of expert laboratories, reviewers and auditors.

Part I: The MicroVal organisation

  • Why start Eureka MicroVal
  • MicroVal, a balanced organisation
  • European and international perspective
  • Costs
  • Current activities

Part II: Certification process

  • MicroVal Certification Body - Introduction Lloyd's Register QA
  • Certification process
  • Audit scheme
  • Experience with first certifications

 Part III: Validation process

  • MicroVal Expert Laboratory - Introduction RIKILT, one of the MicroVal expert laboratories
  • Validation process
  • EN ISO 16140 validation: what's involved
  • Experiences with first validations

Workshop 4: Development of rapid assays for the veterinarian, agricultural and human diagnostic fields

Presented by Wageningen University and Research Centre.

As an international knowledge-based organisation Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) carries out research throughout the knowledge chain in the fields of life sciences and natural resources. Research comprises fundamental as well as applied research. Within the different specialized research institutes of Wageningen UR a broad variety of technologies are used to develop and validate assays for clients. In addition, the development of customer-defined applications as well as the development of new innovative technologies are also part of the working area. Many diagnostic tools have already been developed in close collaboration  with industrial partners. Strategic investments ensure the maintenance of strong intellectual property (IP) positions in the veterinarian, agricultural and human diagnostic fields.

In this workshop a brief introduction of some innovative technologies currently under study, including some practical demonstrations, will be given.  

Part I: Technologies and their possibilities

  • Wageningen UR is developing assays for, e.g., biosensor technology, xMAP technology, electric chips, lateral  flow, DNA and protein microarrays

Part II: Practical demonstration

  • Several technologies will be demonstrated



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