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Laboratory analyses of topsoil samples collected in the context of the LUCAS 201...
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)
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Lot 1 Clarifications request
1. With regard to paragraph 2.2.5 of the document "Technical specifications lot 1", see if it is possible to use alternative test methods and equivalent to those required. 2. With regard to par. 2.2.5 "Heavy metals" of the document "Technical specifications lot 1, we ask: a) in which document it is possible to consult the requested quantification limits - LOQ (excluded in question LOQ LOT 1 of 06/12/2018 09:22). b) It should also be noted that the evaluation criteria (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry - ICP-OES) are not met because they are low and above the performance limit of this instrumentation. The clarifications to this effect are clearly requested. 3. With regard to paragraph 2.2.1 of the document "Specifications - part 2 - technical specifications of lot 1", please note that, if the offer is legal and operational in Italy, there will be no customs clearance charges for shipping samples to their premises.
1. As indicated in the Technical Specifications, the use of alternative methods would be acceptable provided that the tenderer can prove that the results would be equivalent to analysis by ICP-OES. 2a. LOQs were provided in the Q&A n. 7 and further integrated with the Q&A n. 12. 2b. The LOQs proposed were successfully used for analysing heavy metals in previous surveys (i.e. LUCAS 2009) through the same methodology (ICP-OES). This means that those LOQs can be detected by standard ICP-OES application. Therefore, we confirm those values. For more details on the methodology used in 2009, please refer to the publication “Validation of a horizontal method for trace elements in soil, sludge and biowaste” (free download available here: 3. As indicated in the Technical Specifications, the contractor is responsible for verifying all aspects related to the costs of sample transportation, including any customs clearance charges.