History

The “Bureau Interprofessionnel des Etudes Analytiques” (BIPEA – International Bureau for Analytical Studies) is an international, non-profit association of testing laboratories.

In 1963, proficiency testing schemes on wheat and flour were set up by ARIA (Association Régionale des Industries Alimentaires – Regional Association for the Food Industry), INRA (Institut de Recherche Agronomique – Institute for agronomic Research) and CERDIA. Within the first year there were 60 laboratories that become involved.

Over the years an independent structure was quickly established and became organizing proficiency testing schemes.

 

Creation of BIPEA

In 1970, professional entities in grain and milling sectors decided to join as a permanent and autonomous organization. Thus, BIPEA was officially created in 3th of September 1970. The aim of this association is to manage and organize interlaboratory comparisons and to provide a technical assistance to analytical laboratories.

 

Founding members

The founding members of BIPEA, mostly professional organizations of cereal sector, are :

  • L'Académie des Grands Moulins de Paris (formerly ARIA),
  • CETIOM (Centre technique Interprofessionnel des Oléagienux Métropolitains),
  • Les établissements Chopin,
  • CTUCBB,
  • ITCF (known nowadays as ARVALIS),
  • Laboragro,
  • Secobra,
  • AGPM (L'Association Générale des Producteurs de Maïs),
  • Moulins Soufflet de Pantin,
  • Les établissements Tripette et Renaud.

 

BIPEA today

In 1970, Bipea gathered 60 laboratories and proposed 8 schemes in the field of grain and milling. Over the years, Bipea expanded its range of PTS and other services, in France as well as abroad. The increase in diversity of PTS has created an increase in participants.

In the 1990s, ring tests in food and contaminants fields were created. At the end of the nineties, the schemes in environment field were elaborated. In 2009, BIPEA started to create interlaboratory comparisons in cosmetics.

After 40 years of existence, BIPEA has gathered near 2000 laboratories worldwide and offers more than 100 regular proficiency testing schemes.