The EURLP organizes a proficiency testing for laboratories performing serological tests on the presence of anti-Toxoplasma IgG in swine serum samples. According to the ISO/IEC 17043:2010 standard, this proficiency testing is aimed to establish the effectiveness and comparability of the serological tests, employed by participant laboratories in their routine work.
Who can participate to the PTs. All National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for parasites from EU member states or associated countries.
Aim of the PTs. Detection of anti-Toxoplasma IgG in swine serum samples.
Procedure to analyse the panel of samples. A panel of 7 serum samples is delivered to each participant. Each sample consists of an aliquot of single serum sample...
The EURLP organizes proficiency testing for laboratories performing official controls for foodborne parasites on food and feed, according to the ISO/IEC 17043:2010. This ISO standard defines the proficiency testing as evaluation of participant performance against pre-established criteria by means of interlaboratory comparisons. The EURLP organize Proficiency Testing (PT) for the molecular identification of Anisakid nematodes at the species level.
Who can participate to the PT. All the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for parasites from EU member states or associated countries.
Aim of the PT. To correctly identify anisakid L3 larvae and DNA at species level by a molecular method.
PT item used. Four different species of Trichinella ...
The Italian TV-Rai 1 recently broadcasted two popular scientific video on toxoplasmosis and fishborne parasites, Anisakidae and Opistorchidae worms. The videos briefly explain parasite biology, modes of infection and the most effective ways to prevent it. Edoardo Pozio, head of the EURLP, and Furio Spano, researcher at EURLP, were also interviewed.
Video Toxoplasmosis - Superquark July 18, 2013 (in italian)
Video Raw fish parasites - Superquark August 24, 2013 (in italian)
The EURLP’s diagnostic activities are performed in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. The lack of international standards for the diagnosis of foodborne parasitic diseases is a major constraint in implementing a quality assurance system. To date, diagnostic methods have not been standardized at European or international level. Thus there is a need to validate both commercial kits and in-house developed tests. EURLP staff, on the basis of long-lasting scientific experience, developed new tests and reagents for detecting parasitic pathogens, and contributed to work up international guidelines.
EURLP developed and validated the following diagnostic methods:
"Detection of anti-Trichinella antibodies in swine serum by indirect ELISA"
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