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About EURL

The major tasks of the EURL-Salmonella are to harmonise methods for the detection and typing of Salmonella and to evaluate the performance of the National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for Salmonella in detecting and typing of Salmonella.

Legal basis  

EURL-Salmonella was established in 1992 according to the EU Directive 92/117/EC. The Directive concerned measures for protection against specified zoonoses and specified zoonotic agents in animals and products of animal origin so as to prevent outbreaks of food-borne infections and intoxications. In 2003, this Directive was replaced by Directive 2003/99/EC on the monitoring of zoonoses and zoonotic agents and by Regulation (EC) 2160/2003 on the control of Salmonella and other specified food-borne zoonotic agents. Since 2006, Regulation (EC) 882/2004 has formed the legal basis for the EURL. This latter regulation concerns 'the official controls performed to ensure the verification of compliance with feed and food law, animal health and animal welfare rules'.


  • Organisation of annual interlaboratory comparison studies among the National Reference Laboratories (NRLs) for Salmonella on the bacteriological detection of Salmonella in the presence of competitive microorganisms;
  • Organisation of annual interlaboratory comparison studies on serotyping and phagetyping of Salmonella spp. among the NRLs-Salmonella;
  • Organisation of an annual workshop;
  • Development and standardisation of methods;
  • Carrying out research related to the tasks of the EURL;
  • Supplying scientific and technical support to the Commission (DG-SANTE), the NRLs-Salmonella, and third parties.