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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Lyon Laboratory

Address : 31, avenue Tony Garnier 69394 Lyon Cedex 07

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

Manager : Laurent LEMPEREUR

The laboratory conducts its activities in the fields of animal health, antimicrobial resistance, food hygiene and plant health. With its more than 80 staff members, it mainly contributes to improving the health of ruminants, and consequently that of humans.

The Lyon Laboratory mainly contributes to improving the health of ruminants.

  • It specialises in neurodegenerative diseases such as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), antimicrobial resistance, mycoplasma infections, emerging viral diseases (Rift Valley fever, hantavirus), and epidemiology of animal diseases
  • it studies the agents responsible for major and emerging diseases
  • it studies pathogenic bacteria in ruminants (antimicrobial resistance and virulence)
  • it monitors the emergence and spread of diseases and analyses their causes


It is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for:

  • Animal TSEs (bovine spongiform encephalopathy [BSE], and scrapie);
  • Rift Valley fever (serology);
  • Antimicrobial resistance, with ANSES’s laboratories in Fougères, Maisons-Alfort and Ploufragan-Plouzané.


As part of this, it provides scientific and technical support for veterinary inspections carried out by the authorities (validation of data and analytical methods, training of field laboratory staff, management of epidemiological surveillance data, etc.)

It is also the reference laboratory of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP), and is associate OIE Reference Laboratory (RL) for Rift Valley fever, together with the Institut Pasteur in Paris.

The Lyon Laboratory also has a unit dedicated to monitoring and studying the resistance of harmful organisms to plant protection products, and is particularly specialised in monitoring such resistance.