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". 21 participants from 13 project member states actively participated in the training course. The training course started off with country presentation on food safety control systems established by individual member states. The participants also shared their experiences on laboratory management and the challenges they are facing on equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
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. They also participated in field inspection trips to gain experiences on food safety inspection. The training programme included visits to local vegetable and costal fish farms to understand the farm surveillance programme; visits to cold houses to observe the inspections and sampling conducted for import control and food safety testing, and briefing on the approval processes for food import and export. They were also attached to VPHC laboratories to understand the food safety testing workflows and laboratory quality control systems.
Mr Sifullah and Mr Rahman, by the end of their two-week scientific visits, commented that the visits had greatly helped them gaining a deeper understanding on a functioning food safety control programme and laboratory management system. With the benchmark findings, they would go back to BAEC to further enhance their residue monitoring programme and laboratory capabilities. Mr Jahurul Islam was attached in VPHC Drug Residues lab to receive hands-on training on using HPLC-MS/MS for veterinary drug residue analysis. His training covered sample extraction, equipment analysis, results interpretation and reporting. Under the professional guidance of VPHC scientists, he worked hard and completed his training smoothly. Mr Jahurul expressed appreciation to AVA Singapore before his departure back home “Time just passed so fast and the three-week attachment has been a wonderful laboratory experience for me. Now I am more confident using HPLC-MS/MS for drug residue testing.” He informed that his laboratory would have a new HPLC-MS/MS system soon and he promised that he would apply the skills and knowledge gained from this IAEA fellowship to help BAEC enhance its laboratory testing capabilities.