Collaborative Pesticide Residue Studies: Workshop to Identify and Assign Residue Studies with Partnering Countries

Date: May 18th, 2017

Place: Hotel City Express

Organized by: USDA - Program IR4

The objetive of this workshop is to review potential crop/pesticide combinations to include in regional joint residue studies with the United States' IR4 Project. Research projects will be assigned to national study teams, based on country and private sector priorities. The USDA and IR4 project leads will discuss possible funding mechanisms and coordination of the projects. Background presentations will summarize past collaborative work and the importance of improving skills in Good Laboratory Practices. Funding discussions will emphasize the ideas for, and the neet to, leverage funds through cost-sharing models. Pesticide industry will provide guidance and recommendations on how to improve collaborative projects based on previous lessons learned, and provide insight into ways Latin American regulatory authorities can support development of national minor use programs.

Note: This course is free with limited space. Those interested should first complete an approval form and then the organizers will inform the acceptance. The form must be sent to the mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the title of Curso Post-Congreso IR4. The deadline for the course registration is May 5th or until the course is at its full capacity

The course agenda is available in the following document to download

Risk Assessment for the establishment of pesticide maximum residue limits (MRL's)

Date: May 18th(9:00-17:00)-19th(9:00-16:00),2017

Place: Hotel Wyndham San José – Herradura

Inscription fee: $250 USD per person

Expositors: Daniela Brocca & Lucien Ferreira 

All participants attending this course must bring a laptop.

Transportation: it includes transportation from the post-workshop course location to the LAPRW 2017 venue hotel.

The course includes simultaneous interpretation Spanish – English.

The following are the main topics of the course:

  • Presentation of EFSAS's role and responsabilities (difference between risk assessment and risk management)
  • Calculation and setting of maximum residue limits (MRL) in the European Union
  • MRL risk assessment: is the proposed MRL safe?
  • MRL enforcement: control activities on food available on the European market
  • Outlook of EFSAs on-going scientific activities impacting future pesticides evaluations

This course is sponsored by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the LAPRW 2017

The course contents are available in the following document to download





FAO/IAEA/RALACA Meeting on Data Quality and Management

Date: May 18th-19th,2017

Schedule: 8:00 - 17:00

Place: Country & Suites by Carlson, San José, Costa Rica

Organized by: FAO/IAEA Joint Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency

Expositors: Britt Marianna Maestroni, Amadeo Fernández-Alba, Michelangelo Anastassiades & Dolores Hernando

Analytical quality control encompasses all those procedures designed to ensure and demonstrate that the results of laboratory analysis are valid, consistent, comparable, precise and accurate. Analytical results for samples sent for testing at the analytical laboratory must be reliable in order to avoid incomplete or faulty interpretation when the data are used for decision making. Unreliable data can have a negative impact on decision-making. To help meet quality requirements, the Joint FAO/IAEA Division will hold a training workshop on "Data Quality for Decision Making". The purpose of the workshop is to present and share analytical and statistical strategies for the generation of accurate and reliable results for decision making processes, and to provide a forum for interdisciplinary networking between stakeholders in the farm to fork food chain.

Note: This course will be free, with limited space. People whom are interested in participating must send an email expressing their interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.