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European Union Reference Laboratory for equine diseases

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 Maisons-Alfort laboratory for animal health (near Paris) studies West Nile, Viral Equine Encephalitis, Vesicular Stomatitis, Glanders and Melioidosis

The Dozulé laboratory for equine diseases (in Normandy) studies Contagious Equine Metritis, Dourine, Equine Viral Arteritis, Equine Herpes viruses and Equine Infectious Anaemia

  Duties of the EU-RL

The EU-RL provides full assistance to the NRLs for all the diseases concerned for the following tasks

  • Study and confirmation of samples with unexpected or doubtful results
  • Collection and identification of representative samples (strains and sera) isolated in Europe (transmitted from the NRLs to the EU-RL) and in third-party countries and maintenance of the collection
  • Supplying the NRLs with standardised reagents and field or reference strains of pathogens

Improvement, harmonisation in consultation with the European Commission and development of new diagnostic tools

  • Coordinate in consultation with the Commission the methods employed by Member States for equine diagnosis diseases
  • Set up of new diagnosis methods as Enzyme Link Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) kits or molecular diagnosis for equine diseases

Research on phenotypic and molecular diversity and epidemiological surveillance

  • Genotyping of European strains isolated in the fields - Development of new vaccine in horses Information
  • Organisation of Workshops, proficiency tests or training sessions each year for the NRLs

Information

  • Organisation of Workshops, proficiency tests or training sessions each year for the NRLs

 

Dozulé laboratory for equine diseases 
Goustranville
14430 Dozulé
Tel: +33(0)2 31 79 22 76

Maisons-Alfort laboratory for animal health
23 avenue du Général de Gaulle
94706 Maisons-Alfort Cedex
Tel: +33(0)1 49 77 13 00

Find out...

..on the European Commission website

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.

...main partners

World organisation for animal health www.oie.int
Veterinary laboratory agency (AHVLA, United Kingdom) www.defra.gov.uk
Institute of tropical medicine, Belgium www.itg.be
Veterinary and agrochemical research centre (CODA-CERVA, 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