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Opening of the EURL for Insects and Mites website
Published on
01/08/2019
For decades, invasions of alien species into a new territory have invariably altered the balance of natural ecosystems and have had serious repercussions on areas of economic and social importance. National Plant Health Services first goal is to prevent the introduction and spread on the EU territory of potential harmful species, putting in place official measures immediately after the discovery of the pest within their borders. Therefore, being able to rely on the competences of Laboratories well trained for a prompt identification, is of paramount importance. On 1st of August 2019, the European Reference Laboratory for Insects and Mites (EURL for Insects and Mites) officially opens its doors and starts its activities. Designated under the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/530 of 27 March 2019, the EURL is composed by two partners: the Entomology and Invasive Plants Unit of ANSES Plant Health Laboratory (Montpellier, France) and the Department for Molecular Diagnostics of Plant Diseases of the AGES (Vienna, Austria). This consortium has been defined in such a way as to unite the broad knowledge of ANSES in the morphological identification of plant pests together with the diagnostic expertise of AGES in the molecular field. The main objective of the EURL-Insects and Mites is to coordinate the network of EU National Reference Laboratories (EU NRLs) to ensure accurate identification of regulated or invasive insect and mite species. In this frame, the work programme will include a number of activities and services aimed to the EU  NRLs, i.e.: ► Provision of guidance on methods of laboratory analysis, including validated reference methods; ► Provision of reference materials; ► Organisation of annual proficiency tests; ► Organisation of annual training sessions and workshops; ► Sharing of information and news, recent publications and forthcoming events; ► Provision of confirmatory identification of specimens. All this in order to improve the quality of the diagnosis and harmonise the diagnostic procedures at European level. A questionnaire will soon be presented to all EU NRLs in order to collect information on their expertise, facilities and available staff and their expectations for future EURL activities, such as their technical and scientific support needs. The EURL requests the kind cooperation of all EU NRLs to provide this important information. The EURL for Insects and Mites is pleased to welcome you, wishing the full cooperation of all EU NRLs in building a network at European level, able to meet the challenges that the diagnostics in the field of entomology will present in the years to come.
International Year of Plant Health 2020
Published on
01/08/2019
In 2018 the United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year for Plant Health (IYPH). The main aim of this initiative, lead by FAO and IPPC, is to raise awareness of the effects of plant health in poverty, hunger, as well as in environment protection and economic development. Seven key messages are the base of the IYPH initiative. Participation is open to all types of public with the organization of different activities, like a photo contest, different events at national and international level, featuring stories, activity books for children,... For more information and materials, visit the official website: www.ippc.int/en/iyph/   
Opening EURL for Plant Parasitic Nematodes website
Published on
18/07/2019
Welcome to the website of the European Union Reference Laboratory for plant parasitic nematodes. The consortium between ANSES (France) and ILVO (Belgium) is designated as the European Union Reference Laboratory for pest of plant on nematodes. You will find on the site all the activities of the EURL and information related to the nematology. It is accessible to all members of the network. EURL activities officially start on the 1st of August 2019.
11th workshop for Rabies in Bucharest : a successful meeting !
Published on
17/07/2019
♦ 12-13 June 2019 ♦ The 11th annual meeting organized by the EURL for rabies was held on June 12th and 13th in Bucharest, Romania. The event brought together 65 participants, among which many scientists from Europe member states and cross-border countries, as well as personalities from international institutions who all met to share and exchange on rabies. Presentations and discussions focused mainly on epidemiology of rabies in Europe and in bordering countries, including North African countries, as well as on techniques on rabies diagnosis with a specific presentation analyzing the results and performances of the laboratories during the inter-laboratory tests from the previous year. Dr Marco Vigilato, from PAHO (Pan American Health Organization), invited as a guest of honour, shared his valuable experience with a presentation pointing out the lessons learned from Latin America and Caribbean on dog-mediated human rabies elimination. This presentation fitted perfectly with the recommendations and objectives of the official institutions attending the meeting (namely Dr Pedro Rosado Martin for the European Commission, Dr Patricia Pozzetti for OIE, and Dr Inma Aznar for EFSA), which aim at the elimination of human rabies in the world by 2030 and the elimination of the disease in wildlife from 2020. Thank you to everyone for making this workshop such a success !      
PT report multiantibiotic residues in milk (18OW)
Published on
12/07/2019
PT report 18 OW  
Detection of Aethina tumida in Italy in 2019
Published on
04/07/2019
Note prepared by the EU RL for Honeybee Health (Laboratory of  Anses Sophia Antipolis) Updated news (26th. July 2019) To see the details of the outbreaks observed in 2018, please click here. 
2019 vesicular stomatitis virus situation report
Published on
27/06/2019
On June 21, 2019, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection (Indiana serotype) on a premises in Kinney County, Texas. VSV-Indiana serotype has not been diagnosed in the U.S. since 1998; all VSV cases from 2004-2016 have been VSV-New Jersey serotype. Horses on the index premises have met the case definition of infection with compatible clinical signs and virus isolation positive results. This is the 2019 VSV index case for the United States.
Contagious equine metritis, proficiency test 2019
Published on
11/06/2019
The Contagious equine metritis, proficiency test 2019 is available on LEILA website (https://leila.anses.fr/ PT code:19 CEM 04 . The procedure suggested to analyse PT samples are isolation & identification by culture method and genome detection by PCR according to OIE chapter 3.5.2 (Part diagnosis method/ sop on this website).
VSV, genome detection and characterisation, PT 2019
Published on
11/06/2019
Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, genome detection and characterisation, proficiency test 2019, available on LEILA website (https://leila.anses.fr/). The procedure suggested to analyse the PT samples is the "Real-time RT-PCR method for VSV genome detection and typing", available on the European Reference Equine website/ diagnosis method/ SOP  or other procedure for VSV genome detection and/or typing.
Training session at ANSES, 23-24 May 2019
Published on
04/06/2019
The first 2019 training session focused on molecular methods, including real time PCR, Bruce Ladder and HRM (High Melting Resolution) PCR. This 2-day session combining theory and practice regrouped 8 participants from Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal and Romania.

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