Reference laboratories

European Union Reference Laboratory for Parasites

Diagnostic

The European Union Reference Laboratory for Parasites’s diagnostic activities are performed in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017. The lack of international standards for the diagnosis of foodborne parasitic diseases is a major constraint in implementing a quality assurance system. To date, few diagnostic methods have been standardized at the European or International level (see the Official Documents section).

Therefore, there is a need to validate both commercial kits and in-house developed tests. The European Union Reference Laboratory for Parasites (EURLP) staff, on the basis of long-lasting scientific experience, has developed new tests for detection of parasitic pathogens, produced and distributed reference material, and contributed to the preparation of International guidelines.

A list of the test methods developed by the EURLP, in accordance to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017, is available below.

The EURLP also developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), set of step-by-step instructions compiled to help workers carry out routine operations.