EURL for Listeria monocytogenes

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.

Regulation (EU) 2017/625 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

Duties of the EURL for Listeria monocytogenes:

❶ PROVIDING ANALYTICAL METHODS

❷ COORDINATING THE APPLICATION OF METHODS BY ORGANISING COMPARATIVE TESTING

❸ COORDINATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR NEW METHODS AND PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT ADVANCES

❹ CONDUCTING TRAINING COURSES

❺ PROVIDING SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

❻ COLLABORATING WITH THIRD COUNTRIES

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.

 

GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS

 

Guidance document shelf-life studies of Listeria monocytogenes:

          ■ EURL Lm_Technical Guidance Document Lm shelf-life studies_V3 - Amended (21/02/2019)

          ■ Calculator inter-batch variability (update 2016-07-10) and User's Guide

          ■ Report of the development of a set of Listeria monocytogenes strains for conducting challenge tests (V0-20/12/2013)

          ■ EURL Lm Guidance Document to evaluate the competence of laboratories implementing challenge tests and durability studies related to Lm in ready-to-eat foods (V2 – 7 May 2018)

► Guidelines on sampling the food process area and equipment for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes V3 2012-08-20

► Guide on measurement uncertainty for the enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes V1 2009-03-26

► Report of 2003/2004 ISO trials about uncertainty measurement (June 2004)