Calls for the PT in 2020 (March and September)
ICAR is pleased to announce the organization of the ICAR Proficiency Test 2020.
The participation in ICAR proficiency test will comply with analytical quality assurance requirements ISO 17025 and with the system of Certification of Quality implemented by ICAR from 2006 includes a recognition of the competence of laboratories and, more widely, of analytical systems in ICAR member organisation that requires regular PT participation with international anchorage.
ICAR PT is ISO 17043 certified, and the participatory form for downloading as Word file is available here
ICAR PT Programme 2019 and administrative aspects
The administrative fees are differentiated for ICAR and NO-ICAR members. If your laboratory is servicing an ICAR member you have to consider the member fee. For this reason in the subscription form we are asking you to report the organization’s name that you are providing the DHI results.
The technical sub contractor of this proficiency testing scheme is ACTALIA who has for many years collaborated efficiently with ICAR.
The ICAR PT parameters considered are: fat, protein, urea, lactose, somatic cell, beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB), Pregnancy Associated Glycoproteins (PAG) and Microorganism DNA PCR technique in cow milk.
For fat, protein, urea, lactose, somatic cell, beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB), it will be possible to participate with chemical (direct) method and alternative (indirect) method.
ICAR secretariat will collect the participation forms, will send you the final report and the invoice, while ICAR PT and ACTALIA PT will be organized in parallel.
If you are interested in other parameters offered by Actalia you have to subscribe the Actalia order.
The contract between ICAR and ACTALIA prescribes that for the ICAR PT parameters you will receive only that invoice from ICAR.
ACTALIA will invoice your company only for the parameters that are NOT included in ICAR PT (extra-parameters)
So to be clear, ICAR will invoice for the ICAR PT parameters and Actalia will invoice separately their extra parameters.
We believe that the ICAR PT will be more useful for your quality assurance !
A feature of the new ICAR PT report will help you track and trend your performance over time.
ICAR technical staff will be there to help to interpret and support you as necessary.
|Method to apply||Parameters||Number of Samples|
|All methods chemical and alternative||Fat & Protein||10 samples with a volume of 65 ml preserved with 0.02 % bronopol, regularly ranging from 1.5 % to 4.9 % fat and from 2.5 % to 4.0 % crude protein (TNx6.38)|
|3 Kjeldahl solutions, 1 tryptophan + 1 Glycin + 1 ammonium sulphate at N concentration of milk, with a volume of 30ml|
|Lactose||10 samples with a volume of 65 ml, preserved with 0.02 % bronopol, regularly ranging from 4.6 % to 5.1 % lactose|
|1 lactose solution with a volume of 30 ml at the concentration of milk|
|Somatic Cell||10 samples with a volume of 30 ml, preserved with 0.02 % bronopol, regularly ranging from 50 to 1600 x103 cells/ml|
|2 lyophilized samples|
|Urea||10 samples with a volume of 30 ml, preserved with 0.02 % bronopol, regularly, ranging from 10 to 70 mg urea /100 ml|
|BHB||10 samples with a volume of 30 ml, preserved with 0.02 % bronopol, regularly ranging from 0,06-0,25 mmole/liter|
|PAG||5 preserved samples with a volume of 12 ml for a qualitative determination positive and negative|
|DNA (PCR technique)||5 preserved samples with a volume of 2 ml for a qualitative determination positive and negative|
Packaging: 65 ml or 35 ml polyethylene screw-capped vials with airtight joints.
Dispatch: by express carrier with ice in isolated boxes => arrival within 1 day (for most European countries) or up to 5 days, depending on the consignee’s country.
Storage in the laboratory: samples must be stored at 4°C upon arrival and should be analysed for SCC no longer than 5 days, and for chemistry no longer than 10 days, after the dispatch date.
|Dates of sample dispatch||1st trial||09 March 2020|
|Arrival expected||from 10 to 12 March 2020|
|2nd trial||07 September 2020|
|Arrival expected||from 08 to 10 September 2020|
Particular cautions for international delivery
Large delays can result from missing the exact fulfilment of the custom requirements of the importing country so it is important to update Actalia-Cecalait on the local custom requirements and the latest changes.
For new participants, particular attention should be paid to the first trial to check transport effectiveness and, where needed, enable possible improvement with regard to delays. The most appropriate method for sample transport and delivery will be determined. Samples may arrive on a bank holiday in your country: please, be careful
ICAR PT Fees
The ICAR Administration fee is for each round. Shipping costs see the table below. Fees for each parameter and method are for each dispatch and for one set of samples
|ICAR PT Fees|
|ICAR Member||150,00 €|
|No ICAR Member||200,00 €|
|Shipping cost/package||EU countries 50,00 €|
|No EU countries 80,00 €|
|North Africa 100,00 €|
|North America 100,00|
|South America 250,00|
|Method||Chemical (direct)||Alternative (indirect)|
|Fat||60,00 €||60,00 €|
|Protein||72,00 €||72,00 €|
|Lactose||60,00 €||60,00 €|
|Urea||60,00 €||60,00 €|
|Somatic cells||98,00 €||98,00 €|
|BHB||97,00 €||97,00 €|
|DNA (PCR technique)||84,00 €|
These prices do not include VAT
ICAR PT Subscription and payment
The subscription form has to be completed in all its parts and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2020. With the acceptance order you will receive the invoice that has to be payed before 20 February 2020. This will facilitate the administrative procedures especially for the organizations that need the invoice in advance.
After the samples dispatch, you will receive the ICAR PT Excel form necessary to send back your results to email@example.com. If the results will be send to other email addresses and on different template the results will not be evaluated
The statistical treatment will be done according the ISO 17043 for each parameter. The ICAR report scheme has been simplified by the ICAR Milk Analyses Sub-Committee and includes a full overview/explanation of the ICAR population. All the data will be treated anonymously and a tight confidentiality commitment is guaranteed
For any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact ICAR secretariat:
- Silvia Orlandini email firstname.lastname@example.org phone +39 349 7967223
- Cesare Mosconi email email@example.com phone +39 06 852371