News list

APHIS is seeking public comment regarding possible removal of some of the Brucella species from the select agent list
Published on
31/03/2020
[relayed from USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service] The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is conducting its biennial review of the select agents and toxins registration list.  The Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection Act of 2002 requires the evaluation every two years of all potential animal or plant select agents based on their effects on health, production and marketability of the animals or plants, their ability to cause disease, and whether countermeasures or treatments are available. As outlined in the 2018 Farm Bill, the agency will also evaluate potential select agents based on whether inclusion on the list would have a substantial negative impact on the research and development of solutions for the animal or plant disease caused by the agent or toxin. Agents on the select agents list and are subject to strong regulations on use and movement in order to protect the American public and agriculture.  APHIS is seeking public feedback on the current list, and whether any updates are appropriate.  Specifically, APHIS would like input on the following select agents, which we are considering removing from the list: Peronosclerospora philippinensis (Peronosclerospora sacchari) African horse sickness virus Bacillus anthracis (Pasteur strain) Brucella abortus, Brucella suis, and Brucella melitensis; and Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus.  In the Federal Register posting, APHIS provides background on each of these select agents and the reason(s) they might be appropriate to remove from the list. To view this information and provide comment, visit http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0018.  After a 60-day public comment period, all feedback will be shared with APHIS’s working groups to consider during the review process. After completing the review, APHIS will either republish the list or propose changes through the rulemaking process.
International Year of Plant Health: EFSA launches new website
Published on
30/03/2020
To mark the International Year of Plant Health, EFSA has launched a dedicated website highlighting the work it is doing with its partners to combat plant pests and protect Europe’s crops, parks and gardens.The website will be updated throughout the year with news and information on activities aimed at raising awareness about plant health in Europe and beyond, contributing to the efforts lead by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). EFSA’s dedicated microsite allows users to delve into several different topics and explore its work such as  horizon scanning, the work EFSA does to track of emerging pests; pest surveillance, for which EFSA provides a toolkit that includes pest survey cards, survey guidelines, and statistical tools; the 20 priority pests identified by the European Commission; the high-risk plants whose entry into the EU is prohibited; as well as pest risk assessments and pest categorisations. Here below you can find the Link to the Website.
Proficiency Tests are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19
Published on
17/03/2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two PTs on Thrips palmi will be postponed to a date to be set, according to the evolution of the crisis. The EURL team will inform NRLs about the new dates. Registrations made so far will be kept valid on the Leila platform. For any information, the EURL team is available and can be contacted by email.
Postponement of the EURL Workshop to September 2020
Published on
11/03/2020
The first EURL workshop scheduled on the 6th of May 2020 has been postponed to September, due to the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.   We will be announcing new information regarding the specific workshop date, as well as details of your arrival and stay, as soon as possible. We will be happy to welcome you to our EURL workshop!
Muticentric comparison of porcine ELISA kits is launched !
Published on
11/03/2020
During last weeks, the EURL team prepared actively a large-scale multicentric comparison of porcine ELISA kits involving 25 participating laboratories and 5 different kits. Shipments have been performed this week, with following key figures: - 1030 mL of porcine sera ; - 3432 aliquots prepared, labeled and sorted before shipment ;  - 4 panels of 20 aliquots per lab. Homogeneity of panels as well as stability conditions will be tested by the EURL team. Work is ongoing !
The Brucellosis team involved in an OIE twinning project with Guinea
Published on
11/03/2020
During the last week of February, the OIE-EU-FAO Reference Laboratory for brucellosis welcomed at ANSES two trainees from the Central Veterinary Laboratory of Conakry (LCVD, Guinea) for one-week training in brucellosis serology and molecular biology. Our administrative (MF. Devaux), technical (M. Ribeiro, F. Petot-Bottin, L. Perrot) and scientific (A. Ferreira-Vicente, L. Freddi; G. Girault, C. Ponsart) team is mobilized for the success of this 2-year twinning project supported by OIE. This training session followed a first mission carried out by C. Ponsart and G. Girault, in January 2020 at LCVD. This kick-off meeting aimed at making an inventory of diagnostic skills, as well as quality and biosafety management systems. Other activities are planned for 2020 in this context (participation to PTs, continued transfer of skills). The exemplary implication of the whole ANSES team for this ongoing project must be underlined. The collaboration with LCVD will give our EURL team the opportunity to better understand other epidemiological contexts, thus strengthening our training experience and skills.
Test Actu AlimOmic
Published on
10/03/2020
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Postponement of the first EURL workshop
Published on
10/03/2020
The first EURL workshop shceduled on the 19th of March 2020 has been postponed to the second half of the year (probably in September - October), due to the current situation of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. We will announce the new date as soon as possible.    We hope to see you then in Nancy! 
Postponement of the training on detection and identification of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and M. fallax.
Published on
09/03/2020
The EURL training on detection and identification of Meloidogyne chitwoodi and M. fallax has been postponed for late June and early July, due to the coronavirus outbreak situation in Europe. For more information please go to the activities/training section in the website menu.   
EURLs NGS conference postponed
Published on
27/02/2020
Message from our Italian colleague of the EURL E. coli ------------------------ Dear Colleague, I’m sure you all know about the situation in Italy with respect to the number of cases of COVID-19 infections, and the recent news of the spreading of cases to other European countries also adds to the  general uncertainty. Actually, at the moment, Rome is not concerned by the public health emergency, but the situation is fluid and we cannot predict what will happen by March the 10th. Additionally, following the feedback from many registered participants who are afraid to travel to Italy for the coronavirus and others who are afraid to travel anywhere due to the problems they may incur while traveling (queues, flight cancelled etc…), we took the decision of postponing the event in another date, most probably after the summer break, when the backlashes of the actual crisis will presumably be over. Such a decision has been made also following the guidance of the health Authorities. I’m really sorry for this, but we feel that the best choice is not to expose people, if not to the possibility to get infected with the COVID-19, but to be subjected to heavy difficulties while traveling to Rome. As said, the conference will be moved after the summer break. The exact date will be notified to you all soon. The registration already done for the event on March the 10th will not be maintained and you should re-register online. A link for the new registration to the conference will be published as the date will be disclosed. I’m really sorry for this and hope you will be still eager to participate to the postponed conference With my best regards Stefano Morabito Director, European Reference Laboratory for E. coli Director, Microbiological food safety and food-borne diseases Unit Food safety, nutrition and Veterinary Public Health Department Istituto Superiore di Sanità Viale Regina Elena 299 00161 Rome, Italy Tel. 00390649903081 Mobile 00393294626848 Fax 0390649387101  

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