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Reference & Quality Control Materials

Internal monitoring, or quality control to many of us, comprises of a systematic series of checks to monitor day-to-day and batch-to-batch variation in performance. This is essential when you want to maintain the quality of your product and vital in your armoury for brand protection in terms of avoiding any product recall. This is best achieved by periodic re-measurement of check specimens which resemble as closely as possible real test pieces or samples. FAPAS quality control test materials are real food matrices with one or more properties that have been sufficiently well established from the results of laboratories participating in a proficiency test to be used by laboratories as quality control materials.

Within our quality control materials we use correct specimens, which are stable enough and in sufficient quantity to be measured over a period of time. This ensures a similar response to your test pieces and those with zero or very low response (blank determinations). Generally these QC samples will be prepared on a routine basis by the measurement staff in accordance with procedures documented in the quality system.

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Reference materials for the food analysis sector are not numerous and Fapas test materials undergo rigorous quality and stability testing making them suitable for use. Currently we have Quality Control materials only available for food chemistry matrices. The values have been derived as a consensus of a number of laboratories using a variety of methods.

The satisfactory range indicates the range between which results would have been awarded a satisfactory z-score in the proficiency test. The satisfactory range is set as a range that is considered fit for purpose and reflects the expected interlaboratory reproducibility. Full details of the statistical methods used by FAPAS are given in our protocol

Do you need Reference and Quality Control Materials?

We hold an extensive catalogue of reference materials (RMs) and quality control materials (QCs). These include the following matrices:

  • Animal Feed
  • Animal Feed (Cereal based)
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Canned Crab Meat
  • Canned Fish
  • Canned Meat
  • Chilli Powder
  • Edible Oil
  • Maize
  • Maize Flour
  • Milk Powder
  • Oat Flour
  • Paprika
  • Soft Drink
  • Tomato Paste
  • Wheat Flour
  • Wine

All our reference materials are available to order online from:

Reference Materials

We also offer one of the widest range of reference materials in the world. As part of our Reference Materials programme, the range now includes over 1,000 different substances, in both solution and neat form, together with a comprehensive range of prepared mixes. Our independent lots of mixes are not simply prepared by different individuals on different balances, but use different lots of the raw materials - ensuring an Independent supply for quality assurance purposes. Our ongoing reference materials development programme continues to produce new products to meet the demand of the analytical laboratory community. Please don't hesitate to contact with any new requirements

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Available Reference Materials



Animal Feed Deoxynivalenol (DON) HT-2 Sum T2 & HT-2 T-2, Deoxynivalenol (DON) Zearalenone (ZON), HT-2 T-2, Aflatoxins B & G &/or total
Breakfast Cereal Deoxynivalenol (DON) Zearalenone (ZON)
Canned Crab Meat Arsenic (total) Cadmium Lead Mercury (total)
Canned Fish Histamine
Canned Meat Ash Hydroxyproline Moisture Nitrogen Total Fat, Ash Hydroxyproline Moisture Nitrogen Total Fat
Canned Meat Meal Ash Chloride Moisture Nitrogen Sodium Total Fat , Ash Chloride Moisture Nitrogen Sodium Total Fat Total Sugars, Ash Chloride Moisture Nitrogen Sodium Total Fat
Chilli Powder Aflatoxins B & G &/or total & OTA
Condensed Milk Ash Moisture Nitrogen Total Fat Total Sugars
Dried Vine Fruit Ochratoxin A
Edible Oil Arsenic (total) Copper Iron Lead
Maize Multi-mycotoxins, Aflatoxins B & G &/or total, Multi-mycotoxins
Maize Flour Ochratoxin A, Deoxynivalenol (DON)
Milk Powder Arsenic (total) Cadmium Lead Mercury (total), Aflatoxin M1, Arsenic (total) Cadmium Lead Mercury (total), Milk Powder Cyanuric Acid Melamine
Oat Flour HT-2 Sum T2 & HT-2 T-2
Paprika Ochratoxin A, Aflatoxins B & G &/or total & OTA
Powdered Brown Rice Arsenic (inorganic) Arsenic (total) Cadmium Lead Mercury (total)
Soft Drink Antimony Arsenic (total) Cadmium Chromium Copper Zinc
Wheat Flour Deoxynivalenol (DON)
Wine Cadmium Copper Lead

Key Capabilities

Prices are from as little as £120 per sample with many new samples constantly being added

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To speak with us about our services, please contact the Fapas customer service team on +44 (0)1904 462100 or e-mail us at

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