METROFOOD-RI Preparatory Phase Project
Infrastructure for Promoting Metrology in Food and Nutrition
METROFOOD-RI is a pan-European Research Infrastructure (RI) that aims to promote scientific excellence in the field of food quality and safety. It provides high-quality metrology services in food and nutrition, comprising an important cross-section of highly interdisciplinary and interconnected fields throughout the food value chain, including agri-food, sustainable development, food safety, quality, traceability and authenticity, environmental safety, and human health.
The RI consists of a physical infrastructure (P-RI) and an electronic infrastructure (e-RI) to coordinate and integrate existing networks of plants, laboratories, experimental fields/farms for crop production/animal breeding, small-scale plants for food processing and storage, kitchen-labs for food preparation. The e-RI will make available an access platform to share and integrate knowledge and data on metrological tools for food analysis, focusing on food composition, nutritional contents, levels of contaminants and markers. METROFOOD-PP has started in December 2019 and will run until May 2022.
Steps for implementation
METROFOOD-RI was cited as an emerging project in the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 and in 2017 completed its Early Phase upon the EU-funded PROMETROFOOD project. Supported by METROFOOD-PP project (start date: 1 December 2019; end date: 31 May 2022), METROFOOD-RI moves towards its preparatory phase (PP). The overall aim of PP is to bring METROFOOD-RI to the level of a legally, financially and technically mature pan-European research infrastructure, ready-to-implementation and ready-to-operation. After completion of the preparatory phase, the implementation phase follows.
20 Beneficiaries and 28 linked third parties from 18 countries participate in the METROFOOD-PP project. The project is coordinated by ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. In the Netherlands, RIVM and Wageningen Research (with Wageningen Food Safety Research and Biometris) participate in METROFOOD-PP.
RIVM contributes mostly to activities related to the e-RI. Dr Doctor (Doctor ) Marga Ocké coordinates the project at RIVM (Centres/Units involved: Centre for Safety of Substances and Products, Centre for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services, Centre for Zoonoses and Environmental Microbiology, and Finance, Compliance & Control (Legal Advice and Permits).
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 871083