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Reference activities of the Fougères Laboratory

The laboratory has national reference mandates for veterinary medicinal product residues and antimicrobial resistance. It is also the European Union Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial and dye residues.

It implements the quality assurance process for its reference activities, under ISO 17205 and ISO 17043 accreditation.

Reference mandates for veterinary medicinal product and dye residues

The Fougères Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for residues of all classes of veterinary medicinal products and the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for veterinary antibiotic residues in foodstuffs of animal origin and for dye residues in aquaculture.

These activities concern groups A6, B1, B2a, B2b, B2d, B2e, B2f except glucocorticoids and B3e, described in Annex I of Council Directive 96/23/EC. As from 2022, with the entry into force of a new regulation in preparation (Document SANTE 2017-11987 rev10 of 9 December 2020), they will concern the future groups A2a, A2b, A3a, A3c, A3f, B1a and B1e. Group A includes substances having an anabolic effect and unauthorised substances, while Group B is made up of veterinary medicinal products and contaminants.

 

National Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial resistance

Together with ANSES's Ploufragan-Plouzané-Niort Laboratory, the Fougères Laboratory has been carrying out missions as the National Reference Laboratory for antimicrobial resistance since 2009.

Its responsibilities involve:

  • Measuring the antibiotic susceptibility of sentinel (E. coli) and zoonotic (Salmonella and Campylobacter) bacteria isolated as part of the national surveillance programmes implemented by the Directorate General for Food (Zoonosis Directive 2003/99/EC and Decision (EU) 2020/1729). These tests are carried out by COFRAC-accredited laboratories (COFRAC is the French Accreditation Committee)
  • Identifying emerging resistance mechanisms in these bacterial species
  • Running a network of approved laboratories and organising inter-laboratory proficiency tests (ILPTs)
  • Evaluating commercial devices designed to determine the antibiotic susceptibility of bacterial strains of animal origin
  • Analysing resistance patterns based on changes in veterinary and breeding practices as part of public policies to reduce antibiotic use on farms
  • Contributing to risk assessments concerning the transfer of resistance to humans through food.

Accreditations

This Laboratory has been accredited by COFRAC in accordance with the NF EN ISO/CEI 17025 Standard, under the reference number 1-2247 (Tests), and in accordance with the NF EN ISO/CEI 17043 Standard, under the reference number 1-2294 (Inter-laboratory comparison - CIL).

The scope of accreditation for each unit is explained on the COFRAC website (in French)