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A new format for the Euroreference magazine

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News of 13/07/2016

The Euroreference magazine is now available in a new format, produced jointly by a group of agencies from several Member States of the European Union. Euroreference is a European journal created by ANSES in 2009. It deals specifically with reference activities in the areas of animal health, plant health, and food and drinking water safety. Its new format is based on an editorial committee of 15 European partners, making the new Euroreference a collective publication devoted to better dissemination of knowledge at the European and international scales. It offers scientific and technical articles of interest to health protection laboratories and agencies involved in reference activities in Europe. Euroreference is thus designed to help enhance efficiency in European reference activities.

One of the challenges is to promote exchanges and closer relations between reference laboratories in different areas and different countries, and to disseminate their know-how, with the aim of achieving a more robust and efficient health protection system in Europe. 


A journal for analytical reference

By facilitating the sharing of experience and the development of scientific knowledge in the field of analytical reference, the Euroreference magazine seeks to promote this dynamic at the European level.

After 12 issues, the "Euroreference (Journal of Reference)" magazine is being converted into a collective journal produced jointly by 15 partner agencies from several Member States of the European Union*[1].


A change in editorial policy, and in the journal's organisation and layout 

The articles are proposed by scientists from partner institutions and then peer-reviewed and validated. The main themes covered by the journal are the validation of methods for the detection of pathogens, pests or contaminants, inter-laboratory tests and the development of characterisation methods. The first issue in this new format is thus devoted to reference tools, with articles contributed by several agencies in Europe specialising in the field.

The magazine is available in English only, free of charge, via a dedicated website: This site also offers the possibility of subscribing to the Euroreference "Newsletter". The site provides access to the entire issue or to each of its articles separately. 


Collective management of the journal now at the European scale

The journal's editorial committee reflects the Agency's commitment to its European and international relations. Numerous institutions in Europe are making their contribution and thus demonstrating their commitment to the sharing and pooling of information and expertise. ANSES, APHA, BfR, CODA-CERVA, FERA, FLI, ISS, IZSAM, IZSLER, OEPP/EPPO, PIWET and SCL have already decided to join forces to direct and edit the issues of Euroreference, including this first one.

Other members are set to join this project, with AGES, CVI-WUR and SVA having recently joined the journal's editorial committee.


What does the reference activity involve?

For some regulated or emerging pathogens (viruses, bacteria, parasites) or chemical contaminants of major importance, the health authorities need an effective surveillance and analysis system based on a network of reliable laboratories to conduct the official analyses.

For each regulated pathogen or contaminant requiring surveillance, the relevant health authorities  appoint accredited laboratories (also referred to as official laboratories) for conducting analyses, as well as a "reference" laboratory at the national (NRL - National Reference Laboratory) and European level (EURL - European Union Reference Laboratory). The reference laboratory ensures the reliability of the analyses carried out by all the accredited laboratories in the network it coordinates (departmental laboratories for the NRL, and NRLs of the different EU Member States for the EURL). It develops the analytical methods, transfers them to the accredited laboratories and ensures that the quality of the results is homogeneous throughout the territory.

With its 11 laboratories spread out across France, ANSES holds over 80 national, European or international (OIE, FAO or WHO) reference mandates.

*list of agencies

Österreichische Agentur für Gesunhheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety Ltd

Vienna - Austria

Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail

French Agency for food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

Maisons-Alfort - France

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Weybridge/Addlestone - UK

Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Berlin - Germany

Centrum voor Onderzoek in Diergeneeskunde en Agrochemie

Centre d’Etude et de Recherches Vétérinaires et Agrochimiques

Veterinary and Agrochemical Research Centre

Brussels - Belgium

Central Veterinary Institute Wageningen University

Lelystad – Netherlands

FERA Science Ltd, Food and Environmental Research Agency

York – UK

Friedrich Loeffler Institut

Federal Research Institute for Animal Health

Riems - Germany

Istituto Superiore di Sanità

National Institute of Health

Rome – Italy

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise

Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Abruzzo and Molise

Teramo – Italy

Istituto zooprofilattico della Lombardia e dell’Emilia Romagna

Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Lombardy and Emilia Romagna

Brescia - Italy

Organisation européenne et méditerranéenne pour la protection des plantes

European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization

Paris – France

Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny. Państwowy Instytut Badawczy

National Veterinary Research Institute

Pulawy - Poland

Service commun des laboratoires

(French Ministries for Economy and Finances)

Paris - France

Statens Veterinårmedicinska Anstalt

National Veterinary Institute

Uppsala - Sweden


[1]AGES, CVI-WUR and SVA joined Euroreference after the deadline for publication of this first issue in the new format