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 identification of L3 larvae of the nematode belonging to Anisakidae in the fish fillets.
Who can participate to the PTs. All the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for parasites from EU member states or associated countries.
Aim of the PTs. Detection of Anisakidae larvae in fish fillet.
Procedure to analyse the panel of samples. A panel of 3 samples is delivered to...
The NRLs’ main responsibilities include: collaborating with EURLs; providing scientific and technical support to health or veterinary authorities for implementing coordinated control plans; and ensuring that the information supplied by the EURL is provided to both the authorities and official national laboratories. Within July 2007, all Member States have appointed one or more NRLs for parasites listed below:
The Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Institute of Veterinary Medicine - Technikerstraße 70, A-6020 Innsbruck
Contacts: Karl Schöpf; Walter Glawischnig; tel. +43 50555-71111; fax +43 50555-71333.
Ongoing international projects related to foodborne parasites
HERACLES (Human cystic Echinococcosis ReseArch in CentraL Eastern Societies)
SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAM (FP7)/HEALTH.2013.2.3.4-1
[Neglected infectious diseases of Central and Eastern Europe]
Project coordinator: Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), Italy
- University of Pavia (UNIPV), Italy;
- Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Salamanca (CSIC), Spain;
- Colentina Clinical Hospital, UMF Carol Davila, Bucharest (CCHUMFCD), Romania;
- Hacettepe University, School of Medicine Department of Radiology, Ankara (HUSM), Turkey;
- Hospital for Active Treatment of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases "Prof. I....
The EURLP’s diagnostic activities are performed in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. The lack of international reference systems 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 the European or international level. Thus there is a need to validate both commercial kits and tests developed in-house. EURLP staff have years of experience in the use of the specific methods for detecting parasitic pathogens. The staff has both developed new tests and reagents and contributed to develop international guidelines.
EURLP developed and validated the following diagnostic methods:
"Detection of anti-Trichinella antibodies in swine serum by indirect...
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