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: Adriano Casulli, 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...
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...
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.
In July 2006, the EURLP was accredited by the Italian accreditation body, SINAL, now ACCREDIA, according to the ISO 17025:2005. The accreditation was confirmed for 2007, 2008 and 2009 following three further annual audits. In July, 2010, the 4-years accreditation was renewed by ACCREDIA, following the annual audit carried out in April 2010 by a new team of inspectors.
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