Reference laboratories

European Union Reference Laboratory for Escherichia coli

Proficiency tests on detection, identification and typing methods for STEC 

Proficiency tests on detection, identification and typing methods organized by the EURL-VTEC, are conducted for the NRLs for E. coli. The participation of reference laboratories from third countries is also welcome but these laboratories shall support the expenses for the sample shipment on their own budgets. The anonymized overall results of all the studies are available in the final reports published below. Participants also receive an individual reports from the EURL-VTEC within one week from the closure of the online platform used to contribute the results.  

The EU DG SANTE will have access granted to the non-aggregated results of the single EU NRLs. 

In this section, the procedure used by the EURL-VTEC to evaluate the NRL performance in the EQA is also available. 

 

Application to participate in the Proficiency testing program of the EURL-VTEC 

PTs on the enumeration of E. coli in LBM

With the BREXIT, the EC assigned to the EU Reference Laboratory for Escherichia coli, including Verotoxigenic E. coli (EURL-VTEC) the reference activities related with the analytical tests for E. coli in live bivalve molluscs (EC Reg. 222/2018), which were formerly conducted by the EU Reference Laboratory for monitoring the viral and bacteriological contamination of bivalve molluscs. This contain the reports of the Proficiency Tests organized by the EURL-VTEC on the enumeration of E. coli in LBM.  

 

Click to submit the results of the PTs on the enumeration of E. coli in LBM