Calls for the PT in 2021 (March and September)

ICAR is pleased to announce the organization of the ICAR Proficiency Test 2021.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.

ICAR PT is ISO 17043 certified,  and the participatory form for downloading as Word file is available here

1.0 ICAR PT Programme 2021 and administrative aspects

1.1 Administrative fees

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.

1.2 Parameter Fees

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.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.

2.0 Technical Information

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 , 30.12 and 2  ml polyethylene screw-capped vials with airtight joints, 2 glass vials for lyophilized milk.

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 2021

Arrival expected

from 10 to 12 March 2021

2nd trial

07 September 2021

Arrival expected

from 08 to 10 September 2021

3.0 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

4.0 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 –  Administrative fees

ICAR Member

150,00 €

No ICAR Member

200,00 €

Shipping cost/package

EU countries 50,00 €

No EU countries 80,00 €

Asia 180,00€

North Africa 100,00 €

Africa 150,00

North America 100,00

South America 250,00

Parameter Fees

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 €

PAG

63,00 €

DNA (PCR technique)

84,00 €

These prices do not include VAT

 

5.0 ICAR PT Subscription and payment

The subscription form has to be completed in all its parts and sent to pt@icar.org by 31 January 2021.

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.

6.0 Results

After the samples dispatch, you will receive the instruction to upload your results on the ICAR server.

From this year the excel file will not be accepted

7. 0 Statistical treatment

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

8.0 Contacts

For any further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact ICAR secretariat:

Silvia Orlandini email silvia@icar.org phone +39 349 7967223

Cesare Mosconi email mosconi@icar.org phone +39 06 852371

ICAR, Via Savoia 78, sc. A int. 3, 00198 Rome, Italy - Email: icar@icar.org