The Laboratory of Dioxins is located at the Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (IDAEA) of The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Barcelona. National Reference Laboratory in the field of Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants in Food. Since 1989, the laboratory has developed a huge number of studies on the determination of dioxins and related compounds within the framework of different research projects in open calls and in collaboration with public and private entities. The laboratory focuses on the development and application of analytical methodologies for the study of these compounds, both in environmental samples and food and feed matrices, and is accredited according to UNE-EN-ISO/IEC 17025. In addition to that, the Laboratory also participates in projects related with toxicological and epidemiological studies in which the effects on humans are subject of investigation. It is also noticeable, that the laboratory participated in a Circumnavigation study, in which, among other items, it was reported as for the first time the levels of some persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including dioxins and dioxin-like compounds, in open oceans and their role in the global distribution of these pollutants worldwide.
- Laboratory included in the Network of Food Safety Laboratories-RELSA, as an Official Control laboratory.
- Laboratory registered in the Register of Agro-food Laboratories of Catalonia by the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (Generalitat de Catalunya).
- Laboratory qualified in the field of the Prevention of Atmospheric Pollution by the Department of Territory and Sustainability (Generalitat de Catalunya).