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The Asia Pacific Food Analysis Network (APFAN) Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that Registration and the Call for Abstracts are now open for the "International Workshop on Laboratory Quality Standards towards Global Competitiveness", to be held at the Acacia Hotel Manila, the Philippines from 23rd-25th May, 2023.

This International Workshop is held in partnership with the Philippine Department of Science and Technology's Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) and Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) and will cover many topics including the following:

·        Quality and Safety Management Requirements
·        Method Validation and Measurement Uncertainty for different instruments
·        Food Reference Materials (RM) Production, Laboratory Performance Study and Method Performance Study
·        Advanced Methods for Food Analysis / Special Techniques in Food Analysis


Local Participants Registration Fee
Early Bird rate (until 15th April, 2023)             PHP 6,000
Regular rate (16th April to 15th May, 2023)    PHP 7,000

Foreign Participants Registration Fee
Early Bird rate (until 15th April, 2023)             USD 120
Regular rate (16th April to 15th May, 2023)    USD 140

The Workshop Fee covers entry, morning and afternoon snacks, and lunch each day, as well as program materials. Payment can be made by cash deposit or bank transfer and upload proof of payment through the website before the deadline.


Participating in this PT3 Workshop will bring you many benefits:
·   Each participating organization will be eligible to join, free-of-charge in three (3) Chemical Proficiency Testing (PT) rounds organised by DOST-FNRI as follows:
- Processed/Canned Meat for Trans Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Proximates and Minerals
- Wheat Flour for Total Dietary Fibre, Proximates and Minerals
- Biscuit for Trans Fat, Proximates and Minerals
·   Plus, free-of-charge, one Microbiology PT round organized by DOST-ITDI as follows:
- Shrimp for Aerobic Plate Count (limited SLOTS only)
·   Each participant will be automatically included as a member of the APFAN network.
·   The workshop will also be applied for accreditation of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units.
·   At the Workshop you will have direct access to international experts on quality management, food analysis, and PT programs and RM production.
·   An optional tour on 26th May is available for participants (at additional cost).

Please register now by signing up through the website link:

Get in early as places are limited. Don't be left behind!


The APFAN Organizing Committee is pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts for oral and/or poster presentations, to be presented during the Workshop. The organisers welcome the submissions of abstracts until 28th February, 2023.

The Organizing Committee will provide notice of acceptance of abstracts by 30th March, 2023. The deadline for registrations to be considered in the Program is 15th May, 2023. All presenters will have to be registered on/before 15th May, 2023.

Please note:
>  The abstracts will be accepted in English only.
>  The abstracts will be accepted only via online upon registration in the website.
>  Abstracts will be made available to the participants in an electronic form. The author is solely responsible for the ethical and scientific content of the submission as well as for its proper grammatical and stylistic form.
>  There are no fees for submitting abstracts.

Welcome to Manila, the PHILIPPINES

Manila is an excellent hub for Philippine culture, history, shopping and nightlife. You’ll be greeted with lively streets teeming with cars, buildings, and people with high energy but you’ll also never run out of fun activities to do. If it’s your first time in Manila and the Philippines, then your first order of business should be to take a ride in the iconic jeepney! You won’t miss these colorful open-aired vehicles that have become a status symbol of the country’s history and art. There are a lot of museums ranging in different themes from history, arts, science, and optical illusions, to travel and desserts. Manila is also a great place to fill your stomach, from street vendors to highly rated restaurants that serve iconic Pinoy dishes. At night, watch the sunset by Manila Bay then head out to the famous resto-bars and pubs. You won’t regret it!

The Workshop venue is ideally situated in Alabang, Muntinlupa, where numerous commercial establishments, large scale commercial real estate projects, famous hospitals and top premier shopping centers can be found. Being south of Manila, Alabang is accessible to all points of Metro Manila, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, through the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) or Metro Manila Skyway System (Skyway).


APFAN is a special project of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) and was formed at the Third Asian Chemical Congress in Brisbane in 1989. As we celebrate our 34th founding anniversary this 2023, the APFAN aims to serve the needs of food analysts and thereby promote food quality and safety and good nutrition. This is achieved by promoting and supporting food analysis laboratories in the region, indirectly contributing to the improvement of regional food security.

The goal of the current APFAN project is to provide laboratories in the Asia Pacific region access to low-cost PT trials in order to assess their performance compared to their peers. So far, three PT trials have been conducted since 2018, and the PT4 materials will be distributed free of charge to Workshop participants in Manila. By focusing on the practical aspects of the ISO/IEC 17025 Standard, PT and RMs, with follow-up Workshops (PT1 in Jakarta in 2018, PT2 in Bangkok in 2019 and PT3 in Manila in 2023), this project will assist participants to identify, assess and implement actions that address any management and technical shortfalls of their organizations.


The APFAN PT Workshops and associated activities are not possible without the generous support of our Sponsors. Sponsorship of the Manila Workshop will provide your organization with access to over 2,800 APFAN contacts in 73 countries in the region.

Details of the Sponsorship, Exhibition, and Advertising packages available can be obtained by phone through Ms. Rosemarie J. Dumag (APFAN Secretary/National Coordinator) or Ms. Christine Eden C. Sevilla (APFAN 2023 Finance Committee) at (+632) 85123077 or (+63) 9202815853 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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