Outcome of IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2020 – Virtual meetings

Steve Holroyd, Chair (NZ) Aurélie Dubois-Lozier, IDF Head Office and Marcel de Vreeze ISO/TC 34/SC 5

Meeting wrap-up – IDF/ISO Analytical Week 2020

Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, IDF and ISO have just wrapped up their first virtual/digital Analytical Week meeting that was initially originally scheduled for Beijing, China 6 to 9 April. 13 calls were held with approximately 100 participants attending one or several of the meetings. All meetings were productive, and participants respected the virtual meeting rules.

In terms of outcomes, several standards have been identified for revision, such as ISO 14675|IDF 186 (guidelines for a standardized description of competitive enzyme immunoassays for aflatoxin M1). New guidelines for the use of the promising Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) technique for e.g. fat determination will be developed. The current Codex review of methods recommended for milk and milk products in the CXS 234 remains a priority for IDF and ISO.

11 IDF/ISO standards or IDF Bulletins are expected to be published in the coming 12 months thanks to the active involvement of experts around the world. IDF and ISO warmly thanks all Chairs, Deputy Chairs, Action Team leaders and experts who are working on about 70 projects which all aim to improve the analytical methods for the quality, and safety of dairy products. Our thanks also to the Chinese Organizing Committee for their invitation and good work.

The analytical committees will next meet in Brussels between 31 October and 3 November (as part of the rescheduled IDF business meetings).

The next IDF/ISO Analytical Week is scheduled in Konstanz, Germany, 19 to 22 April 2021. Details will become available later this year.

For more information about IDF work with ISO, please contact Aurélie Dubois-Lozier, IDF Science and Standards Manager.