SARAF is an English-language education program for international scientists aiming for a high level of competence in the field of residue and contaminant analysis. This concept was developed in 2001 by a European network of laboratories and has been coordinated since its creation by LABERCA. Initially, this training hosted in Nantes once or twice a year about twenty professionals from Europe or from third countries. Since 2008, SARAF sessions can be organized either in Nantes (1 week of training) or on site at the request of a country (1 to 2 weeks of training).
Since its creation, SARAF has already trained more than 450 participants from more than 90 countries around the world. Since 2001, 30 sessions have been organized, including 6 specially designed for the European Commission (DG Trade) and 2 for the benefit of DG Sanco (BTSF program). From 2008 to 2013, SARAF was mandated by DG TRADE to organize training sessions tailored to the specific needs of the countries concerned. Within this framework 35 week-long training sessions will have been organized mainly in Asia, but also in Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
LABERCA thus officially ensures the transfer of European know-how in terms of control of residues and contaminants in food. A variation of this course was created in 2010 for Master, PhD and post-doctorate students in the form of an intensive program labeled by DG EDUCATION & CULTURE (IPARAF, Intensive Program for Advanced Residue Analysis in Food).