Madrid, Coi: back to work for the standardisation and research unit

International Olive Council

Madrid, Coi: back to work for the standardisation and research unit

After the summer break, the Standardisation and Research Unit is back in full force with a busy calendar for the coming months.

A meeting for the working group on the organoleptic assessment of virgin olive oil and panel harmonisation will take place on 19 and 20 September at IOC headquarters in Madrid, with the goal of updating and impro- ving the method for sensorial analysis. This will be followed by a meeting of the statistics working group on the application of sensorial analysis on 20 September.

A meeting of experts from the European Commission will take place in Brussels on 23 and 24 September. This will be followed by a meeting with representatives of the US Embassy on 25 September.

On 27 September, the GCS – the company that helps the IOC evaluate physico-chemical and sensory analysis laboratories – will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The Standardisation and Research Unit has scheduled a meeting at IOC headquarters with experts from the Codex Alimentarius Commission on 2 October. The two institutions work closely together to ensure harmo- nisation and consistency between trade and food standards for olive oils, olive-pomace oils and table olives in order to facilitate international trade and reduce trade barriers. A meeting of the technical commission of experts on laboratory monitoring will also be held at headquarters on the same day.

The chemistry experts have been invited to headquarters on 3 and 4 October for a meeting on analytical methods. Participants will discuss the adopted methods for the analysis of virgin olive oils and olive-pomace oils as well as new methods, the results of ongoing studies and ring tests and relations with other standar- disation bodies.

The IOC has organised a workshop on the quality, authenticity and organoleptic characteristics of virgin olive oils as part of the international standardisation and harmonisation of standards to defend the IOC standard and strengthen relations between the IOC and the United States. The workshop will take place in Andalusia from 7 to 12 October.

On 15 October, the 54th meeting of the Advisory Committee and the 55th meeting of the Signatory Associa- tions to the Agreement on Quality Control will be held at headquarters.

The IOC will also attend the Torribera Mediterranean Center conference in Barcelona on 15 and 16 October.

Lastly, a meeting of the scientific commission of nutrition experts will take place on 21 October in Sevilleon the occasion of the 17th Euro Fed Lipid Congress and Expo. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss studies on the nutritional properties of olive oil products and to propose new research projects to improveknowledge on the benefits of olive oil consumption.

A workshop is also planned for 24 October as part of the Oleum project at the Instituto de la Grasa in Seville (Spain).

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