Food Metrology: Approaches and Tools for Measuring Food Quality

9 October, 2015


Coordinator: Laura Cavallarin (ISPA)
Coordinator: Andrea Rossi (INRIM)


Food Metrology is an emerging area of scientific, industrial and social interest, which addresses the challenge of traceable measurements of food constituents and contaminants in food matrices, by developing standardized procedures and suitable reference materials to insure full traceability of measurements to SI Units. The available methods and tools include: high-quality reference standards, validated methods, robust sampling practices, proven calibration approaches, reference materials in natural matrix, speciation chemistry, assessment of measurement uncertainty, establishment of traceability links and proficiency testing. The main impacts are on the development of new measurement traceability routes to enable fast sampling methods in screening processes and on the development of certified reference materials that allow measurements of food components, to guarantee food quality, safety and  provenance.

The event will present scientific findings relevant to measurements in support of food quality and safety. The main objectives of the workshop are:

  • to provide the scientific community and groups of interest with the state of the art of existing metrology approaches for food quality assessment,
  • to present food analysis areas where metrological approaches need to be incorporated, in order to enhance the reliability of the measurement process,
  • to stimulate discussion about the needs and the development areas in food metrology, 
  • to be a support by metrological methods of measurements of the three pillar of WHO in the field of food Security: food availability, food access and food use.

The event is promoted and supported by EU, in the frame of the EU scientific events for Expo 2015



EC-JRC – IRMM- Institute for Reference Material and Measurements
IMEKO - International Measurement Confederation
IZS PLV - Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria, Val d’Aosta
ENEA – Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile