FAQ

1. Target Groups

Laboratories (more information: How it all began and How it works)

Multipliers (more information: How it all began and How it works)

All others (more information: How it all began)

2. Example Case

This graph shows you how to proceed to get information about the age and origin of your ivory sample.

3. Inclusion of additional reference samples

Reference samples for the determination of origin should have verified geo-coordinates. This could be either a distinct location or a GPS point. All reference samples were analyzed at the Agroisolab Laboratory in Jülich, Germany. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief for further information and how to proceed if you intend to submit reference samples.

4. Costs?

First of all: using this website is free of charge! But you need to analyze your samples before using the ivoryID database.

Cost of the analysis to determine the age (state 2016 and only for University of Regensburg (List of laboratories):

  • complete isotope profile: 620 € per sample (without value added tax)
  • 14C/C only: 360 € per sample (without value added tax)

Cost of the analysis to determine the origin: usually less than 200 € for multiple isotope testing, please contact one of the laboratories

5. List of laboratories performing the measurements

6. My laboratory is interested to become accredited for ivoryID.org?

Any participating laboratory needs to run a proficiency test with ivory powder which will be sent out to interested parties. Please contact the administrator

7. Whom can I contact if I have questions about the determination of age?

University of Regensburg
Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors
URA-Laboratory
Dr. Robert Schupfner

Universitätsstraße 31
DE-93053 Regensburg
Germany
Tel.: +49 941 943-4939

Robert.Schupfner@chemie.uni-regensburg.de

8. Whom can I contact if I have questions about the determination of origin?

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
Stefan Ziegler
Senior Programme Officer

Reinhardtstraße 18

DE-10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 311 777-290
stefan.ziegler@wwf.de

9. Whom can I contact if I have general questions about ivoryID?

Federal Agency for nature conservation Germany (BfN)
Karin Hornig
Head of Division
Im- and Export of parts and derivatives
Konstantinstraße. 110

DE-53179 Bonn
Tel.: +49 228 8491-1311
pbox-citesma@BfN.de

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