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 Contact person:

 Viviana Cecilia Pedroarias


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 Mandate of the Laboratory:

 To provide a GMO detection services in samples of grains, seeds,   processed foods, to different external or internal customers to INTA in   accordance with regulatory requirements or market. To train to   national and international laboratories in different methodologies for   the detection of GMOs, through personal training and specific   courses. To develop methodologies to detect new events according     to  the lawsuits filed by regulations or market. To advise the public   interested in the various issues related to GMOs, their regulation and   methodologies for detection.
 To ensure the quality of the results and continuous improvement of   the processes by meeting the requirements of the ISO 17025.

 Role in the farm-to-fork chain:

 Argentina is one of the countries with the highest adoption of   genetically modified crops worldwide representing 20% of the area   planted to these crops.
 Due to the importance of Argentina as agroexporter country and the   requirement in some countries in the identification of  genetically   modified crops and their derivatives was necessary to develop new   and rigorous analytical methods designed to meet the segregation   and traceability programs required for such products.
 Analyses are performed for different agroexport companies,   agricultural producers, food manufacturers, certification bodies,   inspection bodies and inspection, research institutes, among others.

 National Reference Laboratory:

 Yes, the laboratory is representing the country in international forum   and is a reference in the country and the region.

 Type of contaminants analysed:

 Genetically Modified Organisms

 Matrices analysed:

 Grains, Seeds, Food, feed, green material, honey, pollen, raw   materials for the food industry.

 Combination matrices and
 contaminants analysed:


 Description of validated method used:

 q PCR (quantitative Chain Reaction polymerase) and PCR tf
 (Reaction   Polymerase Chain Final Time)

 Laboratory accredited according   to ISO17025:


 Provision of interpretation of residue
 data to customers:

 It provides data interpretation

 Laboratory certified according to GLP:


 Is laboratory available for research and
 development (R@D) within RALACA
 when funding becomes available?


 Is the laboratory available for quality 
 auditing services within RALACA when 
 funding becomes available?


 Is the laboratory available for expert 
 missions within RALACA when funding 
 becomes available?


 Is the laboratory available for ad hoc on-
 site training when funding becomes


 Is the laboratory available for ad hoc
 remote/distance learning training when 
 technology and funding  becomes 


 Is the laboratory available for 
 preparation of ad hoc reference 
 materials when projects/funding 
 becomes available?



 Is the laboratory available for
 organization and distribution of ad hoc 
 proficiency testing/collaborative trials
 when projects/funding becomes




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