Reference laboratories

European Union Reference Laboratory for Parasites

PT-03: Identification of Trichinella larvae at the species level by a molecular method

Aim of the PT: identification of Trichinella muscle larvae at species level by a molecular method.

Who can participate to the PT: all the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for parasites from EU member states or associated countries.

Procedure to analyze the panel of samples: a panel of PT items is delivered to each participant. The panel consists of 4 tubes, each tube containing a pool of 10 larvae of the same species. Participants are requested to analyze the items by any molecular method available in the lab, or by the EURLP method MI-02.

Criteria for the result evaluation: results evaluation is only qualitative. Participants have to correctly identify the larvae in the items at species level. Final evaluation is considered “positive” if all species are successfully identified.