RIKILT Wageningen University & Research has been given the important task in the EU with respect to research into mycotoxins and plant toxins in relation to food safety. On 1 March 2018, RIKILT will be European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for mycotoxins and plant toxins. This duty is commissioned by the European Commission. Mandatory checks As EURL, you have to make sure that the research and the statutory mandatory checks into mycotoxins and plant toxins in food and feed are properly set up and carried out by the National Reference laboratories (NRLs) in each Member State. A major component of this task is to develop and make available the analytical methods for analysis to the NRLs. 20 years experience RIKILT has more than 20 years of experience as EURL for growth hormones in animal derived food products. The Wageningen institute was nominated for the job to the European Commission by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.