On May 2006, the European Commission officially designated the French agency for food, environmental and occupational health safety, ANSES, as the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) for Listeria monocytogenes.
The activities of the EURL are handled by ANSES's Laboratory for Food Safety location Maisons-Alfort.
Commission Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 defines the role and duties of the European Union Reference Laboratories. The EURL for feed and food shall be responsible for the proper use by the National Reference Laboratories (NRL) of the methods set down in the Commission Regulations. Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 lays down the microbiological criteria for Listeria monocytogenes.
Due to their scientific and technical proficiency in the areas of animal health, public health and livestock research, the European Union Reference Laboratories (EURLs) have been designated and, without prejudice to any other relevant European legislation, are referred to in Commission Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 .