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Community Reference Laboratories - Introduction

Laboratories involved in the analysis of official samples are an essential tool for the proper implementation of the official controls and must work in accordance with internationally approved procedures or criteria-based performance standards and use methods of analysis that have, as far as possible, been validated.

The designation of Community Reference Laboratories (CRL) contributes to a high quality and uniformity of analytical results. This objective can be achieved by activities such as the application of validated analytical methods, ensuring that reference materials are available, the organisation of comparative testing and the training of staff from laboratories.

Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules, which applies from 1st January 2006, lists the designated Community Reference Laboratories (CRL) with scientific and technical expertise within the areas of animal health, public health and zootechnics. The said Laboratories may within the framework of Council Decision 90/424/EEC on expenditure in the veterinary field receive Community financial aid for fulfilling duties and functions specified in the Regulation.

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