Surveillance activities of the Fougères Laboratory
The Fougères Laboratory is involved in the surveillance of medicinal product residues in foodstuffs of animal origin on the one hand and of antimicrobial resistance on the other, in accordance with the European regulations on these topics.
Veterinary medicinal product residues
The Fougères Laboratory works on behalf of the European Commission (Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety), running the network of National Reference Laboratories of the European Union Member States. It also plays a role on the international scene where it promotes European control and surveillance systems in countries importing foodstuffs of animal origin to Europe.
In France, the Directorate General for Food (DGAL) has developed annual surveillance and control plans implementing the European provisions on veterinary medicinal product residues. As the National Reference Laboratory (NRL), the Fougères Laboratory is involved in these plans, conducting official confirmation analyses not managed by approved laboratories and contributing to the development, validation, transfer and assessment of analytical control and surveillance methods. The other stakeholders in these plans include veterinary services for sampling at the slaughterhouse and farm as well as approved laboratories for the detection, identification and, in some cases, confirmation of residual veterinary substances in foodstuffs of animal origin. The NRL also assists the DGAL in controlling the quality of the analytical data provided by networks of approved laboratories (inter-laboratory tests, technical training, etc.) and in transferring data to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
The regulations on the surveillance and control of veterinary medicinal product residues
The NRL for antimicrobial resistance takes part in the annual surveillance plans of the DGAL, which are implemented as part of the European surveillance scheme. The NRL is responsible for conducting official analyses of susceptibility to antibiotics and for transferring data to EFSA. These plans also involve veterinary services, for sampling at the slaughterhouse (caeca) and at distribution (meat), as well as approved laboratories, for the isolation and identification of target bacterial species.
The regulations on the monitoring of antimicrobial resistance