Laboratory requirements

The BNN laboratory recognition consists of the following six elements:

  • Modular system
  • Basic document check at initial recognition, in particular:
    + method accreditations
    + at least 3 years of application of the respective analytical methods in the laboratory (to be documented), "professional experience"
    + successful participation in at least 3 external competence tests according to BNN criteria
  • Proof of assessment competence in a (telephone) interview
  • Conditions for maintaining admission
  • Re-recognition after three years

Laboratories can apply for and receive BNN recognition for pesticide analyses for the following food groups (modules):

  • M1: Fruit and vegetables (fresh and processed)
  • M2: Cereals and cereal products, rice, pulses
  • M3: Oilseeds and vegetable oils and fats
  • M4: Tea, fruit and herbal teas, dried herbs and spices
  • M5: Honey and bee products

Laboratories can apply for and receive BNN recognition for contaminant analyses for the following substance groups:

  • S1: Mycotoxins
  • S2: Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA) / tropane alkaloids (TA)
  • S3: Metals and other elements
  • S4: Phthalates and other plasticisers
  • S5: PAH and MOSH/MOAH
  • S6: Dioxins and PCBs

The laboratory accreditation is awarded externally and carried out by the Lach & Bruns Partnership.

Detailed information, i.e. a guideline with the requirements, the scale of fees, the application form as well as information on the procedure can be found in the download area . .