Regional training course on “Development and validation of analytical method for veterinary drugs and pesticide residues in animal products”, 12–23 November, Philippines

A training course on “Development and validation of analytical method for veterinary drugs and pesticide residues in animal products” was successfully held from 12 to 23 November 2018 at the Bureau of Animal Industry, Quezon City, Philippines. International Atomic Energy Agency’s RAS5078 project funded this regional training course, and it was hosted by the Government of Philippines through the Bureau of Animal Industry and National Meat Inspection Service of Philippines Department of Agriculture. Read more..


Network Members train on analytical techniques for residues in animal products, Quezon City, Philippines, 12‒23 November 2018 

Thirty-one laboratory analysts from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Vietnam and the host Philippines attended a training on testing for testing veterinary drug residues and some pesticides in animal products. This was hosted by the Bureau of Animal Industry. 

A number of screening techniques taught included: Charm MRLBLTET2 – Charm MRL Beta-lactam and Tetracycline 2-MinuteTest (ROSA) and Bioeasy 2IN1 BTCef (EU) Beta-lactams+Tetracyclines Rapid Test for Milk; Premitest on meat juice (meat samples); microbial inhibitor tests (Eclipse Farm 3G with e-reader, Charm Cowside II, Charm Blue Yellow II) and two receptor assays [(CharmMRLBLTET2 and Bioeasy 2IN1 BTCef (EU)); with Eclipse Farm 3G and e-reader and SNAPduo SP Plus; ELISA 

Additional work included training on basic parameters for validation of analytical methods (HPLC, GC, GC-MS, and LC-MS techniques) based on US FDA validation guidelines, with some information coming from AOAC validation guidelines. Validation topics included accuracy, precision, recovery, repeatability, reproducibility, stability of standards and compound in matrix. Other parameters for an acceptable calibration curve were discussed along with limit of detection and limit of quantification determination methods. 

Training to enhance competence of testing laboratories strengthens and expands food safety Asia networking, Bogor,Indonesia, 24-28 September 2018


Thirty-nine laboratory personnel from Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam attended this training in Indonesia with a focus on the general requirements for competence of food testing laboratories.


The training was hosted by the Indonesian Research Center for Veterinary Science under Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture. Among others, this aimed at enhancing quality management in food safety laboratories and further strengthening networking. The event facilitated exchange of information, knowledge and expertise given the different levels of capabilities and development. The network was strengthened and expanded as more members have become involved.

Capacity Strengthening at the Public Health Laboratory, Ministry of Health, Bahrain

The laboratory recently received two experts to support a local training aimed at enhancing human resource capabilities and better use of analytical instruments relevant in the testing and monitoring of food contaminants such as pesticide and veterinary drug residues, mycotoxins. The one-week training included among others: effective method development, optimization and validation processes compliant to standards (e.g. ISO/IEC17025:2005) including basic statistical application; cost-effective sample preparation; analytical method development and validation (single/multiple, screening and confirmatory) etc Read More.. 


Update and Activity report: Thailand Chapter (By Dr. Naraya Ntangsirisap)

Veterinary Public Health Laboratory (VPHL), Bureau of Quality Control of Livestock Products, Department of Livestock Development is one of the Competent Authorities (CA) responsible for providing laboratory services and monitoring the quality and safety of products from animal origins. The Bureau has maintained accreditation and is an active member of the network, hosting group trainings among others. The network benefits from the Bureau's status as an ASEAN Food Reference Laboratory for Veterinary Drug Residues (Detailed update from Thailand). 


Call to Submit Papers for the ASEAN-EU Science, Technology & Innovation Days 2017 Europe and Southeast Asia

The SEA-EU-NET 2 project will organize the next ASEAN-EU Science, Technology & Innovation Days (STI Days) on 24-25 April 2017 in Brussels, Belgium as a bi-regional forum for cooperation activities between Europe and Southeast Asia. The conference will include plenary sessions on ASEAN-EU STI cooperation with high-level keynotes, a brokerage session focusing on the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (Joint Call), as well as a Closing Event of the SEA-EU-NET 2 project (Call for Papers_ASEAN-EU Meeting)

Jordan Food & Drug Administration (JFDA) Takes a First Step to Antimicrobial Residue Analysis

While JFDA has been contributing actively to the country's food safety control system, little was happening on veterinary drug residue analysis. This will change because a national surveillance for antibiotics residues in chicken meat and eggs, has been set up, fulfilling the requirements of a quality infrastructure. Reports Dr. Ghaith Radwan Khaleel Algharibeh, Head of Contaminants Monitoring Division Food lab-Laboratories Directorate and an active membe of the network (Antibiotic Residue Project- Jordan- JFDA)

 Improving Food Safety in Bahrain

The Public Health Laboratory has greatly enhanced its capabilities (human resource and instrumentation) for more effective analysis of chemical food contaminants in various matrices. The network provides a platform and opportunity to share the experience with other sister institutions in the region. Read More.. (Analytical capabilities for residues in foods-Bahrain)

Research and Service Functions of the National Institute of Veterinary Research (NIVR), Hanoi, Vietnam

The NIVR, a member of the 'Food Safety Asia' laboratory network, is engaged in scientific research, graduate training, technology transfer, international cooperation and collaboration and consultation services in veterinary and related fields. The NIVR laboratories are equipped with necessary instruments and staffed by trained personnel to carry out molecular, analytical and diagnostic research and services. Read More..


Update on Food Safety Work in Pakistan

Pakistan is capable of producing best food products in taste, aroma, and yield due to its excellent environmental conditions (such as high variation in soil temperature and microflora, intense sunlight and elongated photoperiod etc.). However, to ensure consumer safety of such high-value food items from food contaminants (such as veterinary drug residues and other related chemical compounds) and also meet requirements of international trade, it is important to develop efficient, reliable and affordable analytical strategies for routine and large-scale food monitoring. Read More..  (Pakistan Activity Report 2016-17)

Regional Training Course (RTC) on “Basic Maintenance and Troubleshooting of Food Safety Analytical Instrumentation including Effective Use of Instrument Software”, 20-24 Mar 2017, Singapore

The 1st training course under the IAEA regional Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) RAS/5/078 was successfully organized at the Veterinary Public Health Centre (VPHC), Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) of Singapore in Mar 2017. This 5-day training course was focused on "Basic Maintenance and Trouble Shooting of Food Safety Analytical Instrumentation including Effective Use of Instrument Software". Read More.. (Singapore story on the training course RAS 5078 RTC001 2.pdf)

Singapore Hosted Training of IAEA Fellowship and IAEA Scientific Visits from Bangladesh, Oct 2017

In Oct 2017, Veterinary Public Health Centre (VPHC) of AVA Singapore, welcomed Mr Mohammad Jahurul Islam, who was awarded IAEA fellowship from Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) for training on drug residues analysis, Mr. A.S.M. Saifullah and Mr. Md. Mazibur Rahman from BAEC as well, for IAEA Scientific Visit in the field of Contaminants and Residues in Food and Environment. The BAEC scientists were briefed with lectures on AVA’s food safety programme, as well as an overview of AVA’s food safety laboratories and workflows. Read More..

National Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research in Sri Lanka

A team of researchers led by Prof. P. Abeynayake from Food Safety & Quality Assurance Laboratory of the University of Peradeniya (FSQAL), Sri Lanka was awarded the 1st place in Livestock and Fisheries Sector of the National Awards for Excellence in Agricultural Research 2017 organized by the Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research Policy, Ministry of Agriculture. Read More...


Workshop on Veterinary Drug Analysis in Food and Feed by Veterinary Public Health Laboratory, Malaysia

On April 18th, 2017, Veterinary Public Health Laboratory (VPHL), Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia hosted a full-day workshop entitled Veterinary Drug Analysis in Food and Feed. This workshop was part of the activity of the Technical Working Group for Veterinary Drug Residues under the umbrella of National Food Analysis Committee.   It was jointly organized with Waters Malaysia. Read More..

Safer Food: Role of Veterinary Service Department, Malaysia

Department of Veterinary Services operated as Federal and State Veterinary Services (Peninsular) and Veterinary Services of Sabah and Sarawak. DVS is Federal Government agency under the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Malaysia. The headquarters is located in Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya. The main function of DVS is to control, prevent and eradicate animal disease in order to promote the growth of livestock industry and to provide safe food for consumption.Read More..

Veterinary Drug Residue (VDR) Laboratories of Nuclear Institute for Agriculture & Biology (NIAB) Received ISO/IEC 17025 Accreditation

 The Veterinary Drug Residue (VDR) Laboratory of the Nuclear Institute for Agriculture & Biology (NIAB), Pakistan received accreditation under ISO/IEC 17025 standard on April 04, 2017 granted by the Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC). Click here to get the full activity report of Pakistan under the project foryear 2017.


New Residue Laboratory has been Established at the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria

A new laboratory has been established to screen and monitor the residues of veterinary drugs, naturally occurring and synthetic anabolic hormones, and growth promoters in food (e.g., meat, liver, kidney, poultry, fish, milk etc.), blood and feedstuffs. Read More.. 

ASEAN-EU Science, Technology & Innovation Days 2017

The SEA-EU-NET 2 project organizes the next ASEAN-EU Science, Technology & Innovation Days (STI Days) during 24-25 April 2017 in Brussels, Belgium as a bi-regional forum for cooperation activities between Europe and Southeast Asia. The conference includes plenary sessions on ASEAN-EU STI cooperation with high-level keynotes, a brokerage session focusing on the Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme for Research and Innovation (Joint Call), as well as the Closing Event of the SEA-EU-NET 2 project.

Young researchers from the 10 ASEAN countries are invited to submit papers or posters related to the following scientific topics.


  • Antimicrobial resistance [new drug candidates (preclinical), diagnostics, transmission, antibiotic use and resistance in livestock, surveillances];
  • Emerging infectious diseases [new drug and vaccine candidates (preclinical), diagnostics, epidemiology, public health preparedness] in the context of EU and ASEAN partnerships.

Climate Change/Environment

  • Adaptation/resilience of food production systems [including varietal improvement of (plantation) crops];
  • Impacts of climate change on ecosystems/biodiversity (including analysis of diversity-stability relationships and ecosystems productivity) in the context of EU and ASEAN partnerships.


Important dates for poster submissions

Poster abstract submission deadline: 20 February 2017

Evaluation and selection of abstracts: 20 March 2017

Submission of final posters as a digital document: 10 April 2017

Printing of the abstracts: 5 April 2017


Important dates for paper submissions

Submission of Final Papers: 1 March 2017

Evaluation: 20 March 2017

Editing: 30 March 2017

Printing: 5 April 2017


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