The activities of the National Food Centre are mainly based on the following:
- Reference functions and activities.
- Research and analytical control of foods.
- Research and development into new food analytical methods.
- Interlaboratory tests.
- Analytical support to AESAN in its activities,to Spain’s Autonomous Communities in their Official Controls,to Health Control at Border (Alerts) and to the Court of Justice and the National Health System.
- Accreditation optimisation according to Standard EN ISO/IEC 17025 for official controls.
El pasado 5 de junio, comenzaron las Jornadas de referencia 2013 de análisis de alimentos organizadas por el Centro Nacional de Alimentación que finalizan en el día de hoy.
Dio la bienvenida a las mismas Rosa Sanchidrián, Subdirectora General de Gestión de Riesgos Alimentarios de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición junto a la Directora del Centro, María Teresa López Esteban.
El día 6 de junio contó con la presencia de la Secretaria General de Sanidad y Consumo y Presidenta de AESAN, Pilar Farjas que resaltó la importancia de la celebración de estas jornadas de intercambio técnico como un punto de encuentro necesario para avanzar en los conocimientos analíticos, insistiendo en la conveniencia de una buena coordinación de los laboratorios para que se pueda disponer de un red amplia y especializada que permita dar respuesta a todas las necesidades de análisis que se plantean en los planes plurianuales de control.
Esta actividad se encuentra enmarcada dentro del Plan de Actividades de AESAN de este año 2013, y están participando representantes de los laboratorios que participan en el control oficial de todas las CC.AA. El número de inscritos ha sido de 130 personas además del personal propio del Centro.
El Centro Nacional de Alimentación de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición, como Laboratorio Nacional de Referencia en distintos campos relacionados con la seguridad alimentaria, convoca todos los años este tipo de Jornadas, que constituyen un punto de encuentro que trata de fomentar el intercambio de técnicas y experiencias, contribuyendo a la generación de conocimiento para potenciar el cumplimiento de los objetivos comunes a todos los laboratorios implicados en la seguridad alimentaria.
The General Secretary for Health and Consumption, Pilar Farjas, has taken part in Reference Conference 2012, on food analysis being held at the National Food Centre (CNA) in Majadahonda, Madrid.
This conference is directed at laboratory technicians who participate in official control. The National Food Centre of the Spanish Society for Food Safety and Nutrition, a National Reference Laboratory in different fields related to food safety, holds this conference every year, providing a meeting point to encourage the exchange of techniques and experiences, contributing to the generation of knowledge to strengthen compliance with common objectives of all laboratories involved in food safety.
Pilar Farjas, who is also President of AESAN, laid the emphasis on the specialization of laboratories, on the cooperation between them and on the importance of creating the network of laboratories to achieve the objectives of providing a greater response to analysis requirements, highlighting the importance of laboratories in official control.
The Conference was inaugurated in the morning by the Executive Director of AESAN, Ángela López de Sá, who underlined that mutual cooperation was crucial for achieving accreditation objectives and responding to the demands of official control and the coordination work of AESAN, highlighting the continuous improvement of the quality of analyses and the effect this has on food safety.
This conference forms part of the AESAN Plan of Activities for 2012, and representatives from virtually all of the Autonomous Regions took part.
From 11th to 13th Juny 2012
The National Food Centre of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition,and the National Reference Laboratory in different areas relating to food safety,have once again convened the Reference Conference 2012 on Food Analysis for the 11th,12th and 13th of June.
The conference is open to any laboratory technicians taking part in the official control.
This type of event offers a meeting point for encouraging the exchange of techniques and experiences,contributing to the generation of information to promote compliance of the common objectives of all laboratories involved in food safety.
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6 June
The attached programme contains an Application form for completion.
Applications can be sent by Fax (91 338 05 80) or e-mail (email@example.com)
Queries:Ana de la Cruz Telephone: 91 338 05 80
Del 11 al 12 de abril de 2012
Se ha celebrado en el Centro Nacional de Alimentación (CNA), la segunda edición del curso de formación sobre “Métodos de screening para la detección de arroz modificado genéticamente no autorizado en la UE en productos elaborados a base de arroz" organizado por el servicio de Biotecnología.
Han participado representantes de laboratorios de distintas Comunidades Autónomas implicados en el control de Organismos Modificados Genéticamente en alimentos, piensos y semillas.
En esta ocasión los laboratorios participantes han sido:
Este tipo de actividades se enmarcan dentro del Plan de Formación desarrollado por el Centro Nacional de Nacional de Alimentación, adscrito a la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición.
From 6th to 7th March 2012
The course named “Strategies for adapting the accredited scope to the needs of laboratories that take part in the official control of agro-food products” has taken place in Spain’s National Food Centre (CNA).
Its programme consisted of the following topics:
Thirty technicians from different Spanish Autonomous Communities as well as staff from the CNA itself participated.
The National Food Centre is attached to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition.It provides scientific and technical support and carries out analytical laboratory control. In certain instances it acts as a reference laboratory for corresponding legislations and the development of national and European Union R+D+I projects.
From 13th to 15th June 2011
As a National Reference Laboratory in different fields relating to food safety,the conferences were organised by Spain’s National Food Centre, which belongs to the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition.
They enjoyed the participation of Maria Teresa López, CNA Director and Ana Troncoso, Executive Director of the AESAN.The latter highlighted the importance of such conferences as a forum for sharing information on activities and new methods and trends in analysis conducted by Official Control Laboratories.
Today the First Food Safety Laboratory Network RELSA Conference has been held.
The inauguration ceremony has been presided over by the Executive Director of the Spanish Food Safety Agency, Ana Troncoso, along with the Director of the National Food Centre, María Teresa López. Nearly the one hundred participants were thanked for their attendance and the great interest they have shown.
Later on the state of the RELSA Network has been described within the context of the Food Safety and Nutrition Bill. The RELSA currently consists of a database of the analytical capacities of the more than 100 official control laboratories that are committed to sharing their data. The aim of RELSA is to join the forces of its laboratories in order to fine tune techniques and accreditations in the field of official control.The goal of these meetings is to give everyone the opportunity to share their ideas whilst requesting the cooperation of participating laboratories.
Throughout the Conference,topics have been dealt with such as the description of the data obtained from the survey that was carried out prior to the day and the transmission of the results of the Country Profile Mission 2011 preliminary report on official control laboratories. Updates have been also brought to the table such as the collection of chemical substance prevalence data in food and feed.ENAC has also presented its guidelines for participating in the agro-food sector’s reference laboratory accreditation system along with its existing cooperation models,such as the northern group.
Amongst the most significant conclusions has been the assessment of the creation,development and use of the database since it will undoubtedly be the Network’s basic tool. On the other hand,private laboratories have expressed their availability to participate in official controls.
The session will be continued in October with the view of moving forward in meeting those outlined objectives.
Timetable (PDF, 134 Kb)
From 08/06/10 to 11/06/2010
As a National Reference Laboratory in different fields relating to Food Safety,the CNA organised the Technical Conference aimed at official control laboratories another year running.
Timetable (PDF, 134 Kb)
The Executive Directive of the AESAN, Ana Troncoso, opened the Reference Conference on Food Analysis, which will take place on Spain’s National Food Centre (CNA) on 9th and 10th June.
Amongst others,the following topics will be dealt with:
- Physical and chemical analysis of residues of veterinary medicinal products.
- Methods for the quantitative determination of GMOs. Criteria for the acceptance of results.
- Critical study of irradiated food analytical methods.
- Accreditation in official control laboratories.
- Methodology used by official control laboratories when analysing pesticides and dioxins.
- Test methods for materials in contact with food.New control trends.
- Analytical trends in the research of pathogens in foods.
- Trends in the control of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and mycotoxins.
There will be more than 106 official control laboratories from the majority of Autonomous Communities.