Milk Reference Materials (MoniQA)

Art. No.: MQA082015 / MQA092014 / MQA102016 / MQA082016 / MQA122016

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Milk Reference Materials (MoniQA)

Art. No.: MQA082015 / MQA092014 / MQA102016 / MQA082016 / MQA122016

Intended use

MoniQA milk reference materials – the first validated reference materials for allergen analysis.

The materials come in 5 g pouches (air tight sealed).

All materials come with a data sheet and a reference certificate to the analytical results, a measurement uncertainty and validation information.


Art. No.
MoniQA milk reference material
MQA082015 Blank (negative control): 5 g of gluten free cookie, milled, free from gluten, milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nuts. Can be used as a negative control and / or matrix material as basis for spiked samples.
MQA092014 SMP (positive control): 5 g of dried skim milk powder, characterized. Can be used as a positive control or as a spiked sample.
MQA102016 Low: 5 g of dried skim milk powder incurred in gluten free cookies (milled), concentration of milk protein is 3.5 mg / kg.
MQA082016 High: 5 g of dried skim milk powder incurred in gluten free cookies (milled), concentration of milk protein is 17.7 mg / kg.
MQA122016 Set of 4: set includes 5 g pouches of Blank, SMP, High and Low (MQA082015, MQA092014, MQA102016 and MQA082016).


General Information

The design and production of these materials was in response to the urgent need for reference materials expressed by the food industry and food analytical laboratories, as well as providers of food allergen test kits and other methodologies, and national authorities. An international initiative (since 2013) led by MoniQA Association discussed and agreed upon the requirements for food allergen reference materials. For this purpose MoniQA has liaised with the EU funded project iFAAM, the Prolamin Working Group, Health Canada, FARRP, Australia’s Allergen Bureau (Vital), and others. The initial group of 15 experts from the global analytical community grew over time to a group of some 50 institutions contributing to the design of the materials and giving scientific and technological input during the testing and production phase of the materials.

Effective food allergen risk assessment and food allergen management are important to protect allergic consumers and to comply with allergen labelling regulations. Such approaches require reliable analytical tools for the detection of allergens in food. Due to the nature of the analytes and their susceptibility to various processing effects, reliability and comparability of results have posed a great challenge. Both reference methods and reference materials are urgently needed to assure the quality, reliability and comparability of analytical results obtained with different methods. Being an important component of this analytical quality assurance, reference materials contribute to reliable and accurate results. Ensuring the correctness of analytical results is crucial to laboratories, since incorrect results may trigger decisions that can cause economic damage or pose a risk to public health.

Validated reference materials / quality control materials and certified reference materials are indispensable for:

  • Method development
  • Method calibration
  • Calibration of instruments
  • Validation of methods
  • Method verification
  • Proficiency testing
  • Process control and quality assurance in laboratory routine
  • Required use by ISO/IEC 17025



Art. NoMQA082015 / MQA092014 / MQA102016 / MQA082016 / MQA122016
Test format5 g pouches (air tight sealed)
Sample preparationThe sample preparation is described in the product information of the respective kits.
External link IMoniQA Association
External Link IIMoniQA Certificates