EU Reference Laboratories (EURLs)
EU Reference Laboratories (EURLs) aim to ensure high-quality, uniform testing in the EU and support Commission activities on risk management and risk assessment in the area of laboratory analysis.
Regulation EC 882/2004
- Article 32 defines tasks, duties and requirements;
- Annex VII lists the EURLs
The Commission can establish new EURLs or change their designation.
- Provide National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) with analytical methods and diagnostic technics, and coordinate their application;
- Train NRL staff and experts from developing countries;
- Assist the Commission scientifically and technically e.g. when EU countries contest results of analysis;
- Collaborate with the competent laboratories in non-EU countries;
- Assist actively in the diagnosis of animal disease outbreaks in EU countries.