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Lyon Laboratory

Address : 31, avenue Tony Garnier 69394 Lyon Cedex 07

Phone : +33 (0) 4 78 72 65 43

Manager : Laurent LEMPEREUR

The Laboratory operates in the areas of animal health, food safety and plant health. It has five scientific units and three departments employing a workforce of around 100 people: 80 on permanent or fixed-term contracts, in addition to PhD students and interns.

  • The Lyon Laboratory is a multi-purpose facility involved in all six of the strategic cross-cutting fields addressed by ANSES. It is active in the following areas:
    • Neurodegenerative diseases in animals and humans, with particular emphasis on transmissible subacute spongiform encephalopathies in animals, and the link between neurodegenerative diseases in humans and pesticides,
    • Antimicrobial resistance and bacterial virulence,
    • Animal mycoplasmas,
    • Characterisation and monitoring of pesticide resistance development phenomena,
    • Epidemiology: surveillance, investigation, research into surveillance methods and antimicrobial resistance.


  • The Lyon Laboratory is the national reference laboratory (NRL) for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in animals (bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE] and scrapie).


  • The Lyon Laboratory coordinates two major national surveillance networks:
    • RESAPATH, the surveillance network for antimicrobial resistance in pathogenic bacteria of animal origin,
    • Vigimyc, the epidemiological surveillance network for ruminant mycoplasmas.


  • The Lyon Laboratory coordinates and contributes to epidemiological surveillance platforms for animal health, plant health and food chain safety.


  • The Lyon Laboratory coordinates the writing and publishing of the Bulletin Epidémiologique (BE) on Animal Health - Food Safety. Produced by ANSES and the Directorate General for Food (DGAL) of the Ministry of Agriculture, this French open-access scientific journal allows ANSES and the DGAL to exchange information with local, regional and national players working in the field of animal health and food safety.


  • The Lyon Laboratory contributes to the thematic research network for animal health in the Auvergne Rhone-Alps region (SAARA), set up jointly with INRAE and VetAgro Sup in 2018. The objective is to initiate and support a network of regional players in animal health and to balance the network’s positioning to reflect the role of ANSES with respect to INRAE and VetAgro Sup.