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SARAF is a unique and comprehensive international course dedicated to chemical food safety, targeted to scientists involved in residue control laboratories in non-European countries or in official EU laboratories.

One SARAF training session is organised every year at LABERCA, ONIRIS, end of September or beginning of October.

The training session can accommodate up to 20 participants and its duration is one week.

Training fees are 2000 €. This includes all course sessions, documentation, refreshments, lunch, one social event and a card which allows the participant to use the Nantes public transport system to travel in Nantes and reach Oniris every day of the course.

Further one-week trainings can be organized at LABERCA or French partner laboratories for participants wishing to deepen their knowledge of one specific analytical method and/or analyte family and/or analytical technique (

Course organization

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 contaminants 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 customized 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.         

List of Topics

TheoryRegulationCompounds to monitor
International Food Regulation (particular case of EU)
Risk assessment and regulatory limits 
Theory Sample PreparationSample preparation: decision tree, extraction and purification
Some examples of applications: mycotoxins, pesticides, antibiotics, anabolic substances, persistent organic pollutants…
TheoryConfirmatory MethodsMS part I: ionisation
MS part II: detection and acquisition
GC-MS, LC-MS and SFC-MS principles
PracticalGC-MS and LC-MS practical aspects (optimisation, maintenance)
Some examples of applications: perfluorinated compounds, persistent organic pollutants, steroids, FCMs…
Data analysis (identification and quantification): GC-MS/MS, GC-HRMS, LC-MS/MS, LC-HRMS
Recent MS-related innovations
TheoryQuality in analytical laboratoriesEuropean analytical criteria 2002/657/EC
PracticalValidation of analytical methods