The Mass Spectrometry and Dioxin Analysis Laboratory has been operating since 2002 in the National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos". in Athens, Greece. It is equiped with specialized analytical instrumentation, suitable for the isolation and the determination of dioxins and PCBs in food samples, biological fluids, and environmental samples) and for trace analysis of POPs in general.

The general aims of the Laboratory include the development and application of mass spectrometry methods of analysis of low and high molecular weight organic compounds and biomolecules related to health, medicine and the environment.

Τhe Laboratory conducts analysis of dioxins, furans and dioxin-like PCBs according to international protocols (EPA 1613, EPA 1668) after appropriate sample clean-up and determination by high resolution mass spectrometry as specified by the EuC Regulation 1883/2006/EC and the Directive 2002/70/EC.

The Laboratory has been accredited according to ISO/EN 17025 by ESYD (Cert. No. 321) in the following fields :
 dioxins and PCBs in food, feed, biological samples and air
 p-dichlorobenzene and naphthalene in honey and beeswax
 chloramphenicol in honey and milk

The laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory of the European Commission for the control of dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, it is authorized by the European Commission for the control of pentachlorophenol in food and participates in the United Nations laboratories network for pollution monitoring by toxic organic compounds.

Collaboration has been established with the official bureaus of food, environment and health control organizations. Also, the Laboratory provides support to food companies and producers.

 
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