The revised version of the standard ISO 16140 was published in June 2016 as ISO 16140 Part 2, Protocol for the validation of alternative (proprietary) methods against a reference method. This standard is describing the validation of alternative (proprietary) methods compared to a reference method, in the field of microbiology of the food chain. This field is covering the whole chain of food production, from primary production, feed, environment of food processing and handling, storage to end-products. ISO 16140:2003 has been used successfully over the years resulting in more than 100 validated alternative methods that are commonly used by routine testing laboratories. This standard is a common European and International Standard, developed in the framework of CEN (European Committee for standardization) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) cooperation agreement and it is referenced in European legislation (Commission regulation No. 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs) as the procedure to validate alternative methods.
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