ANSES’s European Union Reference Laboratory mandate for Equine Diseases renewed for five years
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News of 19/05/2017
ANSES has been the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for equine diseases since 2008. The European Union recently decided to renew the mandate for five years, acknowledging the quality of the work performed in ANSES laboratories and the Agency’s commitment to horse health.
The Maisons-Alfort Laboratory for Animal Health and the Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases have jointly been mandated as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for equine diseases other than African horse sickness for the past nine years, actively helping to improve the diagnostic capabilities of national reference laboratories in the 27 EU Member States.
On 10 May 2017, the European Union announced that the EURL mandate for equine diseases has been renewed for a further five years. The Maisons-Alfort Laboratory for Animal Health will thus continue to work on the West Nile virus, equine glanders, the vesicular stomatitis virus and more generally equine viral encephalitis. The Dozulé Laboratory for Equine Diseases will pursue its reference activities on contagious equine metritis (CEM), dourine, equine viral arteritis (EVA), diseases caused by equine herpes virus 1 and 4, and equine infectious anaemia (EIA).
The two laboratories are also jointly France’s National Reference Laboratory for these equine diseases, and these different mandates place ANSES at the forefront of research into equine diseases. The renewal of its EURL mandate is, for ANSES, recognition of its commitment and the quality of its research to promote animal health.
What is meant by ‘reference’ activity?
For certain major regulated or emerging pathogens (viruses, bacteria or parasites) and chemical contaminants, health authorities need an effective surveillance and analysis system supported by a network of reliable laboratories to undertake official analyses.