Other international activities

Last update: 20 November 2014


The laboratory is:

  • WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Management in zoonosis control since September 1983,
  • OIE Reference Laboratory for rabies since June 1991,
  • European Union Reference Laboratory for rabies serology since March 2000,
  • European Union Reference Laboratory for rabies since July 2008.

The laboratory provides scientific and technical support at the European level (European Commission, EDQM, EFSA), to international organizations (OIE, WHO) through numerous activities. The laboratory works closely to the National Reference Laboratories and their competent authorities for defining the strategy and the organization of oral vaccination programmes, as well as for establishing the surveillance and the monitoring of the disease (incidence of rabies, assessment of bait uptake and of rabies immunity both in adult and young target animals).

The laboratory ensures training activities in the frame of its own programmes, within the limit of its possibilities and collaborates in the preparation and distribution of teaching materials.

Biological reference material and laboratory services are available on request to help international laboratories to develop their own rabies surveillance and monitoring systems, as well as any other laboratory services.

The rabies laboratory's experts provide scientific and technical assistance, advice and training for Member States and third countries. They are also involved in technical studies for improving and adapting existing diagnostic, serological, molecular biology and rpidemiological tools.




Additional documentation

  • OIE  (World Organisation for Animal Health)
  • WHO (World Health Organisation)