The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES) has incorporated the missions, resources and personnel of the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) and the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (AFSSET). Its principal mission is to contribute to the protection of human health with respect to the environment, the workplace and food.
On 1 July 2008, European Commission officially designated the French Food Safety Agency (AFSSA) as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EU-RL) for equine diseases (excluding African horse sickness).
> Commission regulation (EC) No 180/2008
The activities of the European Union Reference Laboratory are handled on 2 sites
The Laboratory for animal health, Maisons-Alfort site (near Paris) studies West Nile, Viral Equine Encephalitis, Vesicular Stomatitis, Glanders and Melioidosis
The Laboratory for equine diseases, Dozulé site (in Normandy) studies Contagious Equine Metritis, Dourine, Equine Viral Arteritis, Equine Herpes viruses and Equine Infectious Anaemia
The EU-RL provides full assistance to the NRLs for all the diseases concerned for the following tasks
Improvement, harmonisation in consultation with the European Commission and development of new diagnostic tools
Research on phenotypic and molecular diversity and epidemiological surveillance
Laboratory for animal health, Dozulé site
The European Union Reference Laboratories with scientific and technical expertise within the areas of animal health, public health and zootechnics have been designated and listed, without prejudice of other relevant European legislation, in Regulation (EC) No 882/2004.
World organisation for animal health www.oie.int
Animal and Plant health agency (APHA, United Kingdom) www.defra.gov.uk
Institute of tropical medicine, Belgium www.itg.be
Veterinary and agrochemical research centre (SCIENSANO, Belgium) www.var.fgov.be
Laboratoire LABEO Frank Duncombe (LABEO, France) www.cg14.fr
Ecole nationale vétérinaire d'Alfort (ENVA, France) www.vet-alfort.fr
Ecole nationale professionnelle des haras - La jumenterie du Pin, France
Association vétérinaire équine française (AVEF, France) www.avef.fr
Groupement technique vétérinaire (GTV, France) www.sngtv.org