The EURLEuropean Union Reference Laboratory organises Proficiency Tests (PTs) on detection and typing of Salmonella in accordance with Council Directive 92/177/EEC and Regulation (EC) 822/2004.

The participating laboratories in these PTs make use of standard protocols, along with complete test reports provided by the EURL.

Current Proficiency Test:

Samples for the current EURL-Salmonella Proficiency Test, on detection of Salmonella spp. in Live Bivalve Molluscs (LBM), were shipped to the participants on Monday 16 March 2020.
The deadline for completing the electronic submission of results is Friday 10 April 2020
The EURL-Salmonella contact person for this PT is Robin Diddens ( robin.diddens@rivm.nl  ).

NOTE: NRLsNational Reference Laboratories -Salmonella  that not have been able to perform the PT due to the current COVID-19 epidemic, if possible please store the reference materials between -70 °C to -86 °C. The mussels can be destroyed, but please send back the temperature logger. The return envelope with a pre-printed address label can be used.  We may consider to organise a next round of this PT later in 2020 and, if well preserved, the stored reference materials can probably still be used in the next study. If you are not able to report the results before the deadline, please contact Robin Diddens by email.