Reference laboratory operations

These operations warrant the reliability of investigation results provided by various laboratories and that such results sustain national and international harmonisation. Reference laboratory operations are a fundamental element of overall laboratory activities at Evira. 

Outputs from the reference laboratories comprise information on, e.g., occurrences of bacterial contamination of food, animal diseases and residues. In addition, the laboratories participates in domestic and international research and development activities in the field, and in other collaboration.

Wide spectrum of domestic and international customers

Customers at the reference laboratory reflect the versatility of these operations.

Among domestic customers, prime target groups consist of official laboratories whose operations are monitored by the reference laboratory, and predominantly are effective in fields of food-safety analytics.

Other important national customers are officials in the administration who draft decisions, the Agency for Rural Affairs, and Evira’s internal division complex, and its control department.

Major groups of international customers:

  • The EU Commission
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • International organisations such as World organisation for animal health (OIE), European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), International Seed Testing Association (ISTA)
  • For crayfish plaque diagnostics, laboratories in various countries

Regulations and international conventions

Reference laboratory operations are based on regulations and international agreements. According to the EU Control Regulation (882/2004), operations at reference laboratories must cover all segments of legislation on feeds and foods, and animal health, and particularly segments requiring precise analytic and diagnostic results.