European Union Reference Laboratory VTEC


Welcome to the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for Escherichia coli, including Verotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC), hosted by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità. The EU-RL-VTEC website is primarily meant to inform the participating National Reference Laboratories (NRLs), but is also of interest to the laboratories dealing with pathogenic E. coli detection and control.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità was designated as Reference Laboratory for VTEC by the European Commission starting from the 1st July 2006.
The EU-RL-VTEC will mainly focus its activity on VTEC. However, EU-RL-VTEC will deal with any pathogenic E. coli infection that will have either a foodborne or a zoonotic origin.

The Unit of Foodborne Zoonoses has been accredited as part of the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety since December 2007 by ACCREDIA, the Italian accreditation body, according to the ISO/IEC 17025 international standard. The accreditation (certificate No. 0779) refers both to fixed scope and to flexible scope of accreditation (list of accredited tests available in Italian at Complete schedule of accreditation of ACCREDIA) and it is submitted to a convention and recognizes the technical competence of the laboratory to perform specific analytical methods. Nevertheless, the accreditation body doesn't assume any responsibility related to the results of the assays or their interpretation.

Archive of the official website of the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for Escherichia coli from previous ISS'web site can be found at