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25 June 2013
Second Technical OMCL Counterfeit Training

17-18 June 2013, Bilthoven (The Netherlands)

The second tailor-made hands-on training for OMCLs on the testing of counterfeit and illegal medicines took place from 17 to 18 June 2013 at the premises of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Bilthoven, the Netherlands and was co-organised by the Dutch OMCL and the EDQM. The main topics of this training session were vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics. Twelve trainees from 11 Member States followed the course which consisted of a general introductory part, theoretical lectures and two practical parallel sessions in small groups where the following techniques were introduced:

  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR)
  • Raman Spectroscopy.

The training gave the participants the opportunity to follow the testing and comparison of authorised and falsified samples of medicines in the laboratory and to exchange experience with peers about the sampling preparation, test performance and interpretation of test results.

Further technical counterfeit training programmes for OMCLs with focus on other techniques are currently under preparation.

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