European Commission, JRC, Directorate F - Health, Consumers and Reference Materials

New certified reference material for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in fish


JRC-IRMM has released a new fish oil certified reference material, ERM-BB350. ERM-BB350 is a salmon oil fortified with polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs), certified for the mass fractions of 18 congeners (from PCB 28 to PCB 196) at the ng/g range.

This material is suitable for the determination of PCB contamination in lipophilic matrices. PCBs are still among the most prevalent environmental pollutants and because of their lipophilic character, they bioaccumulate throughout the food chain, becoming a matter of concern for the consumers of fish and fish-derived products.

ERM-BB350 is the replacement of BCR-350 (mackerel oil certified for 5 PCBs) and primarily intended to be used for assessing method performance and for validation and quality control of analytical methods.

The material has been produced in accordance to ISO Guides 34 and 35 and is in the scope of IRMM's accreditation to ISO Guide 34. Details about material processing and certification are described in detail in the certification report, available together with the certificate in our online catalogue.

Customer comments

  1. By Gianpaolo Maurelli on

    excellent and useful