Incorporation of the Plant Health Laboratory into ANSES
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News of 12/01/2011
12 January 2011
The National Laboratory for the Protection of Plants was incorporated into ANSES on 1 January 2011, and was renamed the 'Plant Health Laboratory'.
The Laboratory previously fell under the Directorate General for Food (DGAL) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Spatial Planning, and was incorporated into ANSES as part of the strategy aimed at separating risk assessment from risk management. The decision to incorporate the Laboratory followed the National consultation on the health sector (Etats généraux du sanitaire) carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture in the fields of plant and animal health in 2010.
The Laboratory covers all disciplines related to plant health, including virology, bacteriology, mycology, GMOs, nematology, entomology, invasive plant species and pests, as well as tropical pathogens.
Through its reference activities, the Plant Health Laboratory develops analytical and screening methods, and carries out any necessary research for the appropriate implementation of risk management with respect to plant health. It provides technical and scientific advice and support to the authorities. It cooperates with scientists working in its fields of expertise both in France and abroad. The Laboratory runs and coordinates a network of accredited laboratories in order to implement official analyses, and organises inter-laboratory proficiency tests to ensure their reliability.
With the arrival of this laboratory, plant health is now added to the existing spheres of competence of ANSES for protecting human and animal health, thus reinforcing the Agency's global approach to risk assessment and to its reference role in the fields of food health and safety as well as environmental and occupational health.
The Laboratory has 80 members of staff at 6 sites (Angers, Clermont-Ferrand, Montpellier, Nancy, Rennes, La Reunion), one of which is a quarantine site for the importing of plants into France.