A living organism is called Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), according to the National and Community law, when “the genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur in nature through an intersection or natural recombination”.
This can be done through the use of genetic engineering techniques that allow the transfer of genes from one living being to another, even if of different species (transgenic).
There are different types of GMO; the majority of which contain common sequences (eg 35S promoter and NOS terminator) used for the initial screening. Qualitative and quantitative analysis can also be performed using methods published JRC for many corn, soybeans, cotton, rice, rape, potatoes and sugar beet events.
Analytical procedures validated specifically on the different analysed matrices and robotic systems designed to minimize the possibility of cross-contaminations guarantee the production of accurate and repeatable analytical data. Both qualitative and quantitative analysis are performed with PCR REAL-TIME technique by using oligonucleotides and fluorescent probes specific for each target.
Accreditation by Accredia (Italian Accreditation Body) according to UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
[Accreditation number: 0026, Certificate first emission: 14/11/1991]
Authorization to perform genomic analysis (finger print) on vegetable and fruit species- DD.MM. 14/4/97 and 9/8/2000 – Agricolture Department of the Emilia Romagna Region. Prot. n. OMP/05/14328 (09/05/ 2005)
‘Certificate of participation’ to the Project ‘Certification of a MON 810 Maize Reference Material for its DNA copy number ratio’.
IRMM [Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements]- European Commission – Directorate General – Joint Research Centre -Geel – Belgium -10/10/2008-
The systematic involvement in Proficiency Test provides the external evidence about the test methods applied.
The full reports and the corresponding identification codes of Proficiency Test performed in the last year are available on this page for the downloading with a click on the code Ptest (in bold characters, see the following table).
Besides the matrix and the analytes analysed, the table shows also a synthesis of the obtained results in terms of z-score..
Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 on genetically modified food and feed.
Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 September 2003 concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC.
A continuous updating of the analysed Targets (BAR, EPSPS, FMV promoter, etc.) ensures an ever more coverage in relation to GMO events in circulation.