Guides current

No. 5 - Technical Guideline for Pesticide Residues Analysis on Tobacco & Tobacco Products (includes Technical Notes)

Feb. 2008

This guideline is intended to address issues more specific to tobacco analysis and may provide some minimum criteria for successful method implementation and also information on tobacco-specific aspects that should be considered. It is similarly structured to the European Union document SANCO/2007/3131 sets out best practices for the general quality control procedures for pesticide residue analysis in foodstuffs.

The document may be particularly relevant in giving guidance not only to laboratories that are newly introducing multi-residue methods in tobacco samples but also to laboratories that need improvements in their performance.

Although this Technical Guideline has been written to support the development and routine use of multi-residue methods, a number of targeted or single residue methods continue to be utilized and this document applies equally to them.

Technical Notes

The CORESTA Guide No. 5 provides a framework for the creation of high quality analytical methods for agrochemical residue testing. However, many residues require additional consideration to ensure satisfactory analysis. To address this issue the Sub-Group on Agrochemical Analysis has produced a set of six technical notes on compounds whose analysis had proved problematic in proficiency tests undertaken by the Group.