By the end of December 2017, SARAF has already trained >900 participants from >90 countries:
  • In Europe: 24 Training Sessions have been organised in Nantes, France. Among these 24 sessions, 8 of them were specially tailored for the European Commission (DG Trade sessions) to train scientists involved in residue control laboratories in non-European countries. Two sessions were dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and results from two 6th FP projects, i.e. BioCop (I.P.) and CASCADE (NoEx). Fourteen sessions were open-access sessions to which any participant could register. In 2012 and 2013, Workshops were also organised for the dissemination of knowledge and results of the EU-7th FP DEER and UNIQUE CHECK projects.
  • Overseas: 22 dedicated training sessions (DG trade on-site sessions) of 1-2 weeks have been organised in 15 countries in the framework of contracts with the EC DG Trade, from 2008 to 2013. In parallel, one training was dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and results of the BioCop 7th FP project.
Evolution of the number of participants
Evolution of the number of participants


The objective is to give technicians, scientists, engineers and postgraduate students in analytical chemistry enjoying a good scientific background and professional experience in the field of residue analysis, the opportunity to:
  • Improve their knowledge of analytical chemistry and especially of the methodology applied to the control of residues and contaminants in food.
  • Be trained on hyphenated techniques involving gas and liquid chromatography coupled to sophisticated detectors, such as mass spectrometers.
  • Learn and put into practice examples of efficient methods applied in most European laboratories for the control of residues and contaminants in food.
  • Get a better knowledge of the general regulation regarding residues and contaminants in food.
  • Create their own network for further technical and scientific cooperation.

Course organisation

In 2015, the format of SARAF changed from a two-week to a one-week course.

The programme was therefore reviewed in depth and centered around our core activity: Mass Spectrometry used for the analysis of residues and contaminants in food.

Courses consist in theoretical and practical (hands-on, hands-off) lessons covering the following topics: general regulation concerning residues and contaminants in food, compounds to monitor, sample preparation, Mass Spectrometry for residue and contaminant analysis in food (basics and trends), GS- and LC-MS practical aspects (maintenance, optimization) with a focus on instruments such as QqQ, BE, APGC, SFC, LC- and GC-MS couplings, identification criteria, data analysis, quantification, validation of analytical methods (with practical group-work exercises).

SARAF sessions organised in dedicated countries have a programme established and customised for specific needs. They are basically intended to improve the participants’ knowledge of one specific analytical method and/or analyte family and/or analytical technique.
Type of sessionEuropeOverseas
Open access14-
DG Trade822
DG Research21
Higher education