16.3.2006   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 79/16


COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 433/2006

of 15 March 2006

amending Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 as regards the reference laboratories for monitoring water content in poultrymeat

THE COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES,

Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 1906/90 of 26 June 1990 on certain marketing standards for poultrymeat (1), and in particular to Article 9 thereof,

Whereas:

(1)

Paragraphs 10, 12 and 12a of Article 14a of Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 of 5 June 1991 introducing detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation (EEC) No 1906/90 on certain marketing standards for poultrymeat (2) provide for detailed guidelines regarding the levels of controls and actions to be undertaken by reference laboratories for monitoring water content in poultrymeat.

(2)

The Community Reference Laboratory ‘Het Spelderholt’ provided for in Article 14a(14) of Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 is no longer in a position to continue its work.

(3)

Experience with the work of the reference laboratories has shown that there is no need for a separate Community Reference Laboratory any more. Instead it appears sufficient to establish a coordinating board for testing activities by national reference laboratories.

(4)

The coordinating board should consist of representatives of the Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (JRC) — Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and of three national reference laboratories.

(5)

The representative of IRMM should be the chairperson of the board and should appoint the national reference laboratories on rotational basis.

(6)

Annex VIII to Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 contains the names and addresses of all reference laboratories. Several Member States have informed the Commission of a change of their national reference laboratories. Malta has sent the name and address of the Maltese National Reference Laboratory in a neighbouring Member State. It is therefore necessary to update the name and address of certain Reference Laboratories and introduce the name and address of the Maltese Reference Laboratory.

(7)

Annex IX to Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 contains the specific tasks to be performed by the Community Reference Laboratory and by the national reference laboratories. The change in organisational structure of reference laboratories for monitoring water content in poultrymeat should be laid down in Annex IX.

(8)

Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 should be amended accordingly.

(9)

The measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Poultrymeat and Eggs,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Regulation (EEC) No 1538/91 is amended as follows:

1.

Article 14a is amended as follows:

(a)

In paragraph 12a, the second subparagraph is replaced by the following:

‘The national reference laboratories shall forward these data to the board of experts referred to in paragraph 14 for further evaluation and discussion with national reference laboratories before 1 July each year. The findings shall be presented to the Management Committee for consideration in accordance with Article 18 of Regulation (EEC) No 2777/75.’

(b)

Paragraph 14 is replaced by the following:

‘14.   A board of experts in monitoring water content in poultrymeat shall act as a coordinating body for testing activities of national reference laboratories. It shall consist of representatives of the Commission and national reference laboratories. Tasks of the board and of national reference laboratories, as well as the organisational structure of the board are provided for in Annex IX.’

2.

Annex VIII is replaced by the text in Annex I to this Regulation.

3.

Annex IX is replaced by the text in Annex II to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the seventh day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 15 March 2006.

For the Commission

Mariann FISCHER BOEL

Member of the Commission


(1)  OJ L 173, 6.7.1990, p. 1. Regulation last amended by Regulation (EC) No 1101/98 (OJ L 157, 30.5.1998, p. 12).

(2)  OJ L 143, 7.6.1991, p. 11. Regulation last amended by Regulation (EC) No 81/2006 (OJ L 14, 19.1.2006, p. 8).


ANNEX I

‘ANNEX VIII

LIST OF NATIONAL REFERENCE LABORATORIES

 

Belgium

Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO)

Eenheid Technologie en Voeding

Productkwaliteit en voedselveiligheid

Brusselsesteenweg 370

BE-9090 Melle

 

Czech Republic

Státní veterinární ústav Jihlava

Národní referenční laboratoř pro mikrobiologické, chemické a senzorické analýzy masa a masných výrobků

Rantířovská 93

CZ-586 05 Jihlava

 

Denmark

Fødevarestyrelsen

Fødevareregion Øst

Afdeling for Fødevarekemi

Søndervang 4

DK-4100 Ringsted

 

Germany

Bundesforschungsanstalt für Ernährung und Lebensmittel

Standort Kulmbach

EC-Baumann-Straße 20

D-95326 Kulmbach

 

Estonia

Veterinaar- ja Toidulaboratoorium

Kreutzwaldi 30

EE-51006 Tartu

 

Greece

Ministry of Rural Development & Food

Veterinary Laboratory of Larisa

7th km Larisa-Trikalon st.

EL-411 10 Larisa

 

Spain

Laboratorio Arbitral Agroalimentario

Carretera de La Coruña, km 10,700

ES-28023 Madrid

 

France

Unité hygiène et qualité des produits avicoles

Laboratoire central de recherches avicoles et porcines

Centre National d'études vétérinaires et alimentaires

Beaucemaine — B.P. 53

FR-22400 Ploufragan

 

Ireland

National Food Centre

Teagasc

Dunsinea

Castleknock

Dublin 15

Ireland

 

Italy

Ministero Politiche Agricole e Forestali

Ispettorato Centrale Repressione Frodi — Laboratorio di Modena

Via Jacopo Cavedone n. 29

IT-41100 Modena

 

Cyprus

Agricultural Laboratory

Department of Agriculture

Loukis Akritas Ave; 14

CY-Lefcosia (Nicosia)

 

Latvia

Pārtikas un veterinārā dienesta

Nacionālais diagnostikas centrs

Lejupes iela 3,

LV-1076 Rīga

 

Lithuania

Nacionalinė veterinarijos laboratorija

J. Kairiūkščio g. 10

LT-2021 Vilnius

 

Luxembourg

Laboratoire National de Santé

Rue du Laboratoire, 42

LU-1911 Luxembourg

 

Hungary

Országos Élelmiszervizsgáló Intézet

Budapest 94. Pf. 1740

Mester u. 81.

HU-1465

 

Malta

CE.FI.T S.r.l.

Sede Centrale e Laboratori

Viale Lido 108 A

IT-96012 Avola (SR)

 

Netherlands

RIKILT — Instituut voor Voedselveiligheid

Bornsesteeg 45, gebouw 123

NL-6708 AE Wageningen

 

Austria

Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH

Institut für Lebensmitteluntersuchung Wien

Abteilung 6 — Fleisch und Fleischwaren

Spargelfeldstraße 191

AT-1226 Wien

 

Poland

Centralne Laboratorium Głównego Inspektoratu Jakości Handlowej Artykułów Rolno-Spożywczych

ul. Reymonta 11/13

PL-60-791 Poznań

 

Portugal

Autoridade de Segurança Alimentar e Económica — ASAE

Laboratório Central da Qualidade Alimentar — LCQA

Av. Conde Valbom, 98

PT 1050-070 LISBOA

 

Slovenia

Univerza v Ljubljani

Veterinarska fakulteta

Nacionalni veterinarski inštitut

Gerbičeva 60

SI-1115 Ljubljana

 

Slovakia

Štátny veterinárny a potravinový ústav

Botanická 15

SK-842 52 Bratislava

 

Finland

Elintarviketurvallisuusvirasto Evira

Mustialankatu 3

FIN-00710 Helsinki

 

Sweden

Livsmedelsverket

Box 622

SE-75126 Uppsala

 

United Kingdom

Laboratory of the Government Chemist

Queens Road

Teddington

United Kingdom

TW11 0LY’


ANNEX II

‘ANNEX IX

Tasks and organisational structure of the board of experts in monitoring water content in poultrymeat

The board of experts referred to in Article 14a(14) is responsible for the following tasks:

(a)

supplying information on analytical methods and comparative testing regarding the water content of poultrymeat to the national reference laboratories,

(b)

coordinating the application by the national reference laboratories of the methods referred to in (a), by organising comparative testing, and proficiency testing in particular,

(c)

supporting the national reference laboratories in proficiency testing by providing scientific support for statistical data evaluation and reporting,

(d)

coordinating the development of new analytical methods and informing the national reference laboratories of progress made in this area,

(e)

providing scientific and technical assistance to the Commission, especially in cases where the results of analyses are contested between Member States.

The board of experts referred to in Article 14a(14) shall be organised as follows:

The board of experts in monitoring water content in poultrymeat shall consist of representatives of the Directorate-General Joint Research Centre (JRC) — Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM), of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development and of three national reference laboratories. The representative of IRMM shall act as the chairperson of the board and shall appoint the national reference laboratories on rotational basis. The Member States’ authorities responsible for the national reference laboratory selected shall subsequently appoint individual experts in monitoring water content in food to serve on the board. Through annual rotation, one participating national reference laboratory shall be replaced at a time, so as to ensure a degree of continuity on the board. Expenses incurred by the Member States’ experts and/or the national reference laboratories in the exercise of their functions under this paragraph shall be borne by the respective Member States.

Tasks of national reference laboratories

The national reference laboratories listed in Annex VIII are responsible for the following tasks:

(a)

coordinating the activities of the national laboratories responsible for analyses of water content in poultrymeat,

(b)

assisting the competent authority in the Member State to organise the system for monitoring water content in poultrymeat,

(c)

participating in comparative testing (proficiency testing) between the various national laboratories referred to in (a),

(d)

ensuring that the information supplied by the board of experts is disseminated to the competent authority in the relevant Member State and to the national laboratories referred to in (a),

(e)

collaborate with the board of experts and in case of appointment to join the board of experts, to prepare the necessary test samples, including homogeneity testing, and to arrange appropriate shipping.’